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General Information

  • A cactus (plural cactus, cacti, or cactuses) is any member of the succulent plant family Cactaceae. They are often used as ornamental plants, but some are also crop plants.

  • Cacti come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. The tallest is Pachycereus pringlei, with a maximum recorded height of 19.2 m, and the smallest is Blossfeldia liliputiana, only about 1 cm diameter at maturity.

  • Cactus flowers are large, and like the spines and branches arise from areoles. Many cactus species are night blooming, as they are pollinated by nocturnal insects or small animals, principally moths, bats, and sheep. Cacti's sizes range from small and round to pole-like and tall.

Growth and Distribution

  • Growing and propagating cacti is relatively easy to do and can be quite rewarding. For the most part there are three environmental variables to consider to ensure your experience with growing cacti is successful. These are: Soil, Water, Light.

  • Cacti can grow prolifically during the spring and summer. They absorb water rapidly.

  • Temperatures during the growth period should be 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

  • Commercially prepared soil mixes that are well-drained provide a good growth environment for cacti


  • It can be stated that the cactus pear demand is relatively inelastic in respect of the real earnings of consumers belonging to lower social bands. However, it also appears that in recent years consumption has increased, especially by well-off consumers, as a result of increased marketing and promotion activities of this cactus fruit.
  • The cactus pear is not very well known on the consumer markets, and this undoubtedly represents a serious limitation to demand. Many consumers, who have had the opportunity to taste and appreciate the product, have difficulty in finding it in normal shops; this is mainly attributable to problems in commercial distribution which characterize the national market.

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