The first contact usually occurs between the stalls, shopping centers or florists close to home. There you have discovered those plants without leaves curious and full of thorns, which have been aroused your interest. But beware, the marketing needs of the non-specialized stores, can lead to horrific effects on the eye of the true cactophilist.
Often small cacti are disfigured by multi-colored fake flowers glued or strung in poor plant, the bad taste reaches its climax, however, when it turns out that with two plastic eyes and a hat, the cactus has turned into the unlikely caricature of a Mexican. To not be enough in the market are very common multi-faceted glass ampoules, in which the cacti are stuffed without considering the cultivation needs. These containers are proven to be gas chambers for succulents, which in inexperienced hands die slowly.
For all these plants full of tricks and these compositions I have one word to say to you:
«Do not buy them!».
This is the only way to stop these business practices, which make cacti the plants most reviled by man.
So, you have bought your first succulent plant, and now? Put it on the bedside table, in a corner of the living room to compensate for the lack of an ornament or worse stuck to the computer monitor to absorb radiation in accordance with an imaginative urban legend.
And the water? A drop a month because so said the florist or the neighbor or because you know that the cacti can do without drinking for a long time because they live in deserts where it never rains.
The result? Your plant will undergo a slow process of mummification: firstly, if treated as an ornament always in the house with little light and never outdoors in the sun, will begin to grow with difficulty with a pale color and a increasingly streamlined shape. Technically, the plant is etiolating: she wants to live, to grow healthy and strong, but you do not let it.
If you want to become true cactophilists, you should not fall in the above cases.

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