Cacti and Succulents are justifiably popular being found in many interesting forms
often with very colourful flowers . Their cultivation is generally easy and some
would claim that they are the ideal houseplant.
Each year at the Ainsdale Show a number of classes are set aside for people to show
their cacti and succulents. Being so popular it is surprising that more people do
not enter these classes as may people have excellent plants in their homes which
deserve some recognition.
The following slides show some of the exhibits in Cacti and succulent classes from
Succulents are plants which are adapted to arid conditions by retaining water in
their stems, roots or leaves. Their swollen appearance and unusual shapes make them
interesting subjects for culture. Succulents are found across the world usually
in places wherever available water is limited.
Cacti are a popular type of succulent whose family originate in North and South
Mesembs is the common name for plants in the Aizoaceae family. Their unusual forms
and colourful flowers make them highly collectable
Euphorbias or as they are commonly known Spurges have many interesting succulent
species. Popular in collections these plants can however can exude a milky latex
when damaged. This is rather toxic and is extremely irritating to the skin. Pets
and children are best kept well clear of these plants!