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In what type of ground does a cactus live?

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September 13, 2009 4:44AM

The cactus family grows in vegetation and water-poor ground that drains well.

Specifically, those three commonalities apart, cactus family members grow in many different types of soil. Family members may be found growing in debris, desert sand, high nutrient and salt soils, loam, or volcanic dust. They therefore can be said to generally favor soil that is low in, or free of, organic matter. They generally like mineral rich soil, for lots of nutrient salts. They also prefer soil that is porous to air and water.

Above all, cactus family members want good drainage, for grabbing just enough moisture and for avoiding pooling of water.