Cactus vs. succulent: What’s the difference?

Aeoniums are a type of succulent.

Succulents and cacti are very common in households nowadays. We usually call succulents cacti or vice versa, but these two are (not that much) different.

Succulents are plants that store water like a cactus. All cacti are succulents because the Cactacaea family is a subcategory of succulents. Meanwhile, not all succulents are cacti. There are around other 60 more succulent plants that are not cacti.

Succulents have thick water-filled leaves that hold nutrients which they make use of when the dry season comes. Known to be plants that can withstand extreme hot climates, succulent plants like cacti can hold moisture and have a number of internal chemical processes that help them store water.

Some succulent plants are mistaken for cacti because of the spines and thorns that they have but cacti spines are different because they have ‘areoles.’ Areoles, the bumps on the surface of the cacti, function as branches for their spines.

Succulents are very low-maintenance plants. The right amount of watering and direct sunlight as well as good potting mix would make your succulents’ life last. A mixture of sand, pumice, perlite, and/or potting soil makes a good potting mix.

And if you want to multiply your succulent babies, then there are actually two ways to do it. One is to perform vegetative propagation. It is getting a stem from the parent plant and transferring it to another pot. Some use leaves in this type of propagation. The other one is the process of division. It is when the main plant produces a two-week old plantlet (or a plant pup) which would be transplanted to another container.

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