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Cactus & Succulents - Little effort but a big reward!

This group of plants contains some of the very easiest houseplants.  They’re incredibly resilient to adverse conditions mainly because of their ability to tolerate drought by storing water for long periods of time.

Whilst Cactus is a botanical name referring to plants in the Cactaceae group, succulent is simply a description of any plant that has developed a means of storing water water in its tissue and releasing it slowly over time enabling  survival in harsh, drought conditions.

Mostly small plants, they’re a great starter plant or gift because they’re so easy to care for – after all, if they can survive the desert, they’ll cope with even the least green-fingered who have made neglecting plants into an art form!



Although Aloe vera is possibly the best-known of the Aloes, there are many other varieities that make excellent houseplants.  Being succulents, they’re very easy to care for and ideal for ‘forgetful waterers’!
Click below to see our selection of Aloes.


Crassulas are so tough and robust that even the most neglectful owner will have success with them.  With many different Crassulas in interesting shapes and growth habits to choose from, you’re bound to find one that you’d like to care for!


Originating in the Mexican desert, Echeverias are generally low-growing, rosettes of attractive green/grey leaves. 
They thrive in dry conditions and occasionally produce flowers on upright stalks.
Do not overwater as it can cause rot.


Gasteria is very similar to some varieties of Aloe and Haworthia and can be incredibly difficult to tell apart.  Like Aloe and Haworthia, these succulents are incredibly robust and easy to care for, and thrive on sparse watering. 
A plant that almost looks after itself! 


A native to South Africa that survives well in dry conditions.  Haworthia – often mistaken for Aloe or Gasteria – are generally low-growing.  Their leaves form rosettes and are attractively marked.
As with all succulents, do not over-water as this can lead to rot and disease.


An unusual cactus with a brightly-coloured top.  The cactus stem is normally green because it contains chlorophyll – the essential ingredient that enables the plant to make food.  With Gymnocalycium, the top part of the stem lacks chlorophyll and becomes a vibrant colour instead.


There are hundreds of different Cactus in the world, but they are notoriously difficult to classify and name. 
For this reason, to avoid confusion we sometimes use descriptions instead of the botanical name.

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