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Gardeners with brown thumbs are no longer limited to silk or plastic vegetation in their home. Instead, live low maintenance vegetation is available in the form of cacti and succulents.
Anatomy of Brown Thumb Plants
Plants that fall under the brown thumb family consist of cacti and succulents. While the growth requirements for both of these plants is very similar, there are differences in their structure.
Both cacti and succulents are found in the natural environment where the soil is very sandy and rain is very scarce. To compensate for this environment, both plants have come up with their own strategies. Typically, cacti have developed a shape that reduces water loss through the epidermis of the leaf. This strategy is the folds and the barrel shape. The folds reduce moisture loss from a flat surface and the barrel shape makes the folds more efficient.