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Have you ever seen a cactus? The answer is probably yes. However, have you seen a teddy bear cactus? If the answer is no, then you need to read on and find out more about this amazing plant that’s growing in popularity.
What Is a Teddy Bear Cactus?
A teddy bear cactus is a mini version of the classic cactus, but it isn’t as hardy as its larger cousin. You will need to bring it indoors and do the same as you would with your traditional cactus. A teddy bear cactus is known to be sensitive to cold, so you must make sure it has a regular source of sunlight. To give the plant the best possible chances of survival, it is best to start off by having it with a little root so that it has a source of nutrition and water.
What Are the Benefits of Growing a Teddy Bear Cactus?
Some of the benefits that you can get from growing a teddy bear cactus include: The plant looks really adorable when grown and you get to see the incredible detail. You will get to have a unique plant that looks like an oversized teddy bear.
The History of the Teddy Bear Cactus
Cactus and succulents in general are often seen as exotic and hard to grow. This is understandable considering the fact that they can be pretty tough to start, require a lot of maintenance and generally take a lot of care and effort. However, as a teddy bear cactus expert, I’ve always felt that teddy bear cactus deserves a little more respect and appreciation. It turns out that the plant actually originated from South America in Venezuela.
There are actually several species of this plant and one of them is actually called the Teddy Bear Cactus. This species is popular because it’s fairly easy to grow and it’s best known for being quite small and young at heart.
How to Grow a Teddy Bear Cactus
This cactus is generally known as the End of Summer Teddy Bear Cactus. This is because the main color of this cactus is green, however, it has some white speckles on it. This cactus can grow up to about three feet tall and it can grow its very large leaves from a base, but for the growth of this teddy bear cactus, we have to get rid of some smaller, dead-looking ones.
The plant is extremely easy to grow. Just cut off any dead or old leaves and start taking it from seed. This usually takes about a week for the plant to grow roots, and after a month you can start to water it. After this time, you can start to water it every other day. By this time, it should be at its “finally planted” stage. Once the plant is “planted,” you can watch it grow throughout the next year.
Growing Conditions for the Teddy Bear Cactus
One of the reasons why cacti are so popular is because they have a wide variety of growth conditions, including growing temperatures. Teddy bear cacti thrive in a range of temperatures and some species can even tolerate snow and ice. Similar to their close relatives, the phoenix and the saguaro, the teddy bear cactus has a rigid but flexible, elongated, cylindrical trunk. The trunk can be up to 40 centimeters in diameter and up to 100 centimeters long.
The exposed part of the trunk, called the rachis, is 1 to 2 centimeters in diameter. The soil that’s used for growing the teddy bear cactus can be either sand or pebbles. Its unusual name comes from the way that the cactus grows its rachis. This part of the trunk, called the peduncle, can grow to up to 3 to 5 centimeters in diameter.
How To Care For A Teddy Bear Cactus
First things first: You want to start off by making sure you are growing a teddy bear cactus correctly. We suggest reading through the many articles and resources in our Cactus Care section to get your questions answered. To learn more about caring for a teddy bear cactus, visit The Barefoot Gardener.
There you’ll learn about:
- Growing teddy bear cacti in containers
- How to grow a teddy bear cactus indoors
- Adding succulents to your teddy bear cactus terrarium
- The various types of teddy bear cacti
- Why teddy bear cacti are attracting gardeners
Next, you’ll need to choose a watering system that will work best for your teddy bear cactus. You will need to soak your cactus each day for at least a half-hour.
My hope is that this article is going to help you not only grow teddy bears cactus, but get you into a gardening hobby that has many other benefits. Do you have a gardening tip you would like to share? Please let me know below. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.
References: Recommended article The How To Grow a Teddy Bear Cactus book (physical book) and the eBook are both available for purchase on Amazon. The eBook is also available in various Kindle formats. The eBook versions of the book contain more tips on how to grow teddy bears cactus along with some more cool plants that are available for you to try out as well.