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Cactus plants tolerate a range of soils. But they have two preferences. They favor free draining soils, since their body parts are adapted to moisture deprived environments. They also favor soils that retain just enough moisture for cactus roots to take in the amounts that the stem needs to meet dissolved nutrient requirements and to interact photosynthetically with sunlight.
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