Cacti and succulents
Do you tend to forget to water your green plants? Adopt succulents!
Almost maintenance free, with their varied shapes, they add spice to our interiors.
Zoom in on four easy-going varieties.
Cactus mix, various shapes
Native to Mexico and the South of the United States, these small cacti scattered with spines have astonishing shapes. Existing for several million years, these plants of the Cactaceae family have been able to adapt to the drought of deserts: their spines capture the humidity of the morning dews which are then stored in their tissues.
At home, beware of excess water! No watering is necessary in winter; in summer, water from time to time, letting the soil dry out well between two waterings. Install your cacti in a bright spot, in a mixture of garden soil and sand. Used to temperature variations, they withstand both cool and hot rooms. Mix several cacti of different shapes and sizes in a large pot for a "tex mex" effect.
Echinocactus, the sea urchin
Called "sea urchin cactus" and nicknamed "mother-in-law's pillow", the echinocactus takes the form of a pale green ball covered with golden yellow quills.
Very easy-going - minimum watering and light exposure - this "camel" plant knows how to reward patients: after a dozen years, yellow flowers appear in a crown at the top!
Euphorbia ingens, majestic
From the euphorbiaceae family, euphorbia ingens comes to us from South Africa.
Imposing with its candelabra shape, it can reach 2 meters high when ripe. Its graphic silhouette is particularly decorative.
Install it well in the light, in a drained mixture of garden soil and sand.
Be careful, however, if you have children: its white and sticky sap is toxic.
Euphorbia obesa, all round
A botanical curiosity, euphorbia obesa is a round thornless ball streaked with light and dark horizontal stripes.
A true modern sculpture (and plant) ideal for the stunned because it requires little care.
Place it in the light, but not in full sun, water regularly in summer, sparingly in winter.