(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.
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.
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
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,
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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