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The Difference Between Succulents and Cacti

  Did you know that cacti are actually a type of succulent? So you can call a cactus a succulent but you can't call all succulents cacti. Confusing? Let's clear that up.   Succulents are plants that store water in their stems, roots, and leaves. There are about 60 different plant families within the group of succulents, including aloe, haworthia, sedum, sempervivum, and of course, cacti. Cacti are fleshy plants that store water, making them part of this group. Therefore, all cacti are succulents. Cacti are simply a family, or sub-category within the group of plants collectively known as succulents. They range from tall and thin to short and round, and they usually do not have leaves or branches. In order...

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How to grow Starfish Cacti from seeds

This succulent plant has some of the most amazing flowers in the world. I love collecting all of them! ( I admit i am a succulent and cactus addict!) Growing them from seeds is fairly easy, and you will soon have picture worthy flowers of your own. Place a layer of sandy potting mix designed for cactus in the bottom of a seed flat or small container. Or combine 1 part clean course sand or perlite and 1 part peat moss. Like many other succulent and cactus seeds, Stapelia seeds are very tiny.  Spread the seeds over the potting mix. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of potting mix. Place the containers in a brightly lit location out of...

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