Why you shouldn’t water your cactus? | Botany Snippes, Epi2

Why you shouldn’t water your cactus? | Botany Snippes, Epi2


Greetings guys, gals, and non-binary pals!
Welcome back to Botany Snippets, with the Amazing Plant Project. My name is Kate and today we’re asking: Why should you not water your cactus? So the cactus is a desert plant that’s kind of an obvious but within botany cacti and succulents
are kind of a unique situation if you have any other houseplants you might
have to water them every day in certain environments or 2-3 times a week however
the cactus and to a lesser extent, succulents but the cactus for the
purposes of today’s discussion has evolved to live in a very arid climate
meaning that when water is introduced in the form of rain it is absorbed to
capacity by the plant so if you’ve ever seen a cactus that was kind of just a
regular sort of slender cactus and another picture after its rained when
the flesh between the the ridges especially for like barrel cactus it
expands a lot and that’s the plant taking on water from the environment now if you do that too much like if if a
cactus gets too much water it doesn’t have a shutoff mechanism for that
absorption because it’s like it’s not like if a person was
in a starvation situation the body stops beginning or enough fat because it
thinks that you need that fat you don’t work to survive and sometimes people do
but if someone doesn’t and that happens to just be part of their genetics fat is
stored in the body and it just keeps being at it it’s the same sort of
principle for the cactus and waters just absorbed and absorbed and absorbed and
if enough is absorbed by the cactus it can explode or less dramatically just
kind of shrivel up and die fight it has been known to occasionally cause cacti
to explode if there’s been a high enough influx of water and the cell walls
haven’t been able to adapt to it so there you go it’s kind of my one way
permeability to let water in but not let water out because of the Aeron nature of
the climate in which they’re native so there you go they hope that shed some
light on the situation as it work so that’s it for today come back tomorrow
and hear more about plants specifically cacti this week I look forward to any
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