WITH increasing awareness of the benefits of indoor plants, we’re often asked for suggestions for houseplants that are easy to care for.
In this column we’re looking at succulents and cacti – a group of indoor plants that are so easy that they’re (almost!) impossible to get wrong.
Succulents and cacti tend to be grouped together because they can store water in their tissues that enables them to survive hot, dry conditions. This adaptation means that they are ideally suited to being houseplants, particularly in homes where the owners are forgetful waterers!
Succulent is a general description for plants that have tissues adapted to store water but doesn’t refer to a specific plant. On the other hand, cactus is a botanical name for plants belonging to the plant family Cactaceae and, for specific physiological reasons, may not always be regarded as succulents.
Amongst the toughest, most robust indoor succulents is the sanseveria, a wide range of plants whose common names include mother-in-law’s tongue (because of its…