Are Cactus Spines Poisonous? What to Do if Pricked

Are Cactus Spines Poisonous? What to Do if Pricked

Cacti are commonly defined by clusters of spines on their stems. While this gives them a unique appearance, it raises questions regarding their potential toxicity. In this guide, I’ll explain whether cactus spines are poisonous or not and what to do if they prick your skin. Spines are actually modified leaves or specialized structures that…

5 Cold Hardy Cactus Species (USDA Zone 4 to 6)

5 Cold Hardy Cactus Species (USDA Zone 4 to 6)

Cacti are known to survive in deserts where conditions are hot and dry. However, there are also species that are well-adapted to cold weather and can withstand frost without damage. These plants remain upbeat even when temperatures fall to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold hardy cacti have evolved features that help them withstand colder temperatures. Most…

Pencil Cactus Care and Propagation Explained

Pencil Cactus Care and Propagation Explained

The pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) also known as fire stick or milk bush is a small succulent tree native to semi-arid tropical climates of Africa and India. This plant releases toxic sap when bruised, which can cause skin irritation, eye pain, and a burning sensation in the mouth. Euphorbia tirucalli has smooth cylindrical stems with…

Pumice vs Perlite – Differences + Which to Use in Potting Mix

Pumice vs Perlite – Differences + Which to Use in Potting Mix

Pumice and perlite are commonly used in making soilless growth media in combination with other organic ingredients like coco coir or peat moss. These coarse non-toxic mineral components are also added to most potting mixes to improve drainage, aeration, and moisture retention. Adding pumice or perlite to standard potting soil makes overwatering impossible. The porosity…

Night Blooming Cereus (Queen of the Night): Care and Propagation Guide

Night Blooming Cereus (Queen of the Night): Care and Propagation Guide

Queen of the Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) is an epiphytic cactus that opens its strong scented flowers for only one night, around the summer period. This cactus is classified as a night-blooming cereus, a group comprising several cacti with the same blooming behavior. Night-blooming cereus is a beautiful and unusual addition to any garden. I knew…