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Can You Eat Bamboo Palm?

Maybe you have seen the bamboo palm and thought to yourself that it’d be great if you could eat it. In fact, some species of bamboo can be eaten, and in parts of Asia like in Taiwan and the Philippines, they eat bamboo quite often. That with said, can you eat this species?

Can you eat bamboo palm? Bamboo palm, also known as the reed palm, could be eaten because it’s not poisonous to humans. That said, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The palm produces green fruit, but it is packed with oxalates that it will upset your stomach.

Why the Bamboo Palm is Popular

The bamboo palm has become a popular indoor plant because of how it isn’t poisonous to humans, cats or dogs. That has made it a popular plant choice because homeowners don’t have to worry that they will come home to a dead pet and a whodunnit mystery that leads back to a murderous plant. You can find the bamboo palm growing naturally in Central America and Mexico.

While you can eat some species of bamboo,and in fact, they do eat it in Asia, it isn’t advisable that you eat the bamboo palm. It is non-toxic, but it could still upset your stomach if you eat it. This isn’t like regular bamboo.

Why People Like Bamboo Palm

The other reason that other people like this type of bamboo is that unlike some of the other species of bamboo, it doesn’t take over an area. That is one of the things that has made it a favorable choice. It grows more slowly, and it prospers in low-light environments best. Direct sunshine can dry up the leaves and kill it off.

In most cases, bamboo palm won’t grow larger than 7 feet tall. In general, this plant grows best in zone 10.

The other reason that people like the bamboo palm comes from the fact that you get some splendid benefits from it. As an indoor plant, it gives you a nice and tropical look. This choice can remove some of the toxic indoor elements, which is why NASA even improved it as a clean air plant.

You need to aerate it and water it properly for it to grow well. While bamboo palm likes to be wet regularly, that doesn’t mean it wants ground that is regularly wet because this can be just as bad. It needs soil that remains moist, but it doesn’t do well with standing water. You might water your bamboo palm one to three times per week.

How to Eat Bamboo Shoots

I wouldn’t advise that you eat bamboo palm because it is a different type of bamboo that you eat. However, with that said, you will typically eat the shoots of the bamboo. Unless you want to see heaven and the angels, please don’t eat it raw. When you eat it raw, it contains a compound called cyanogenic that will produce cyanide in your gut.

Yes, cyanide–the stuff that spies take to die in emergencies.

The shoots are the edible parts of the bamboo, however. Before you can eat it, you will first cut away at the fibrous exterior. Next, you will boil the shoots. Make sure that you have boiled it well.

Disclaimer: I’d advise that you first do this with someone who has experience with cooking bamboo because you can’t afford to get it wrong.

Health Benefits of Bamboo Shoots

Despite some of the dangers if you eat bamboo wrong or cook it the wrong way, this food does have health benefits. Bamboo contains phytochemicals in it that get produced by many plants. It has antiviral and antibacterial effects that can be quite healthy for the body.

As far as nutrients go, most health experts agree that bamboo has good dietary fiber. It contains potassium, which is essential for a healthy heart, and this will maintain your blood pressure as well. In addition, bamboo contains iron, magnesium, sodium and calcium. This helps with the metabolic processes of the body in everyday life.

The Problem with Eating Bamboo Palm

Outside of the possibility to upset your stomach, the other issue with eating bamboo palm is that it doesn’t grow as fast as other species of bamboo. You will have spent a lot of time getting your bamboo plant to grow, but if you were to eat it, it won’t grow back as quickly as traditional bamboo.

To give you an idea of its growth, bamboo can grow up to 36 inches in a single 24-hour period. This stuff grows so fast that a lot of people see it as a great renewable resource.

With that said, bamboo palm isn’t exactly the same as bamboo, which is why you shouldn’t eat it. This type of bamboo can take between two to five years before it reaches a respectable size.

It doesn’t grow even close to as fast as regular bamboo. Regular bamboo has a reputation for taking over, and it can be difficult to get rid of. The Squigman heard a joke that if you want to get rid of bamboo, buy a panda–it’s the only way.

You don’t have to worry about that with bamboo palm. It’s different to that type of bamboo.

Benefits of Eating Bamboo

First benefit is you get to simulate what it feels like to be a panda, but you have a few awesome health benefits too that come with eating bamboo. For example, the nutrients in it maintain a healthy heart, and they can help you with lowering your blood pressure. It’s also pretty easy to get since it grows so fast.

Some of the other health benefits of bamboo include:

  • Helps you lose weight
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • Prevents and fights cancer
  • Relieves constipation
  • Good for arthritis
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps with respiratory diseases
  • Good for skin health
  • Prevents diabetes
  • Fights fungal infections
  • Maintains bone health

Why Own a Bamboo Palm Anyway

Even though you can’t eat bamboo palm, you may still find it useful as an indoor plant. For one thing, it looks beautiful. It will give this wonderfully inviting tropical atmosphere in your home.

Bamboo absorbs formaldehyde in the home, which is one of the oldest known air pollutants around. Formaldehyde transmissions into the air usually come from paint, carpets, cooking and furniture.

The other thing is that it removes a compound known as toulene, which is one of the most common harmful liquids found in the home. Prolonged exposure to toulene can cause visual and neurological disorders. It can cause dizziness or throat irritation.

Bamboo palm adds moisture to the air, and it absorbs the toulene that is in the environment. As the indoor air gets clean, it helps to protect you from these harmful effects.

In short, you probably shouldn’t eat bamboo palm. You will most likely get sick from eating it, even though it is non-toxic to humans, dogs and cats. Its non-toxic nature, however, is part of what makes it a great plant to add to the home. That and in the Squigman’s humble opinion, I feel like a tiger in a tropical jungle!

Why not add it to the home? Things don’t always have to be edible to go in the home. Life is not a box of chocolates. Bamboo palm looks great as a plant to just own. Period.

How Many Succulents are There?

If you’re curious like me, you have probably wondered how many succulents are out there. In fact, you have quite a few because of how many plant families include some succulents within them. You can find them in over 60 different plant families. That should highlight the pervasiveness of succulents.

How many succulents are there? In total, you have an estimated 7,715 succulents, and there could be many more out there. That should highlight how many of these awesome plants that you could own. If you ever wanted to collect plants, you will have plenty in succulents alone!

What Classifies as a Succulent?

To understand why so many plants classify as succulents, we should first understand how they classify for this. That can help you to understand why there’s such a raw size to the succulents.

Generally, plant experts define succulents as plants that can resist drought. The plants, roots and stems can become fleshy because of the plants’ abilities to store water. These plants do well in dry environments because of how they originated in the desert and dry and arid climates.

You should also understand how the classifications can differ because of how people like the Squigman, who do succulents as a hobby, will regularly put the boot to cacti as a classified succulent. Succulent, meet boot; boot kick that cactus into the next yard!

With that said, while we don’t usually classify them cactus as succulents, botanists tell a different story. They classify it as succulents.

What Plant Families Can You Find Succulents?

You have a ridiculous number of plant families that hold a succulent or two in them. With that said, for the sake of brevity, we’ll cover a few of the main ones, but please understand how I–Squiggly Encarnado–for the sake of brevity and fluidity in this article–am not listing absolutely everything here: 

  • Apiales
  • Alismatales
  • Asparagales
  • Asterales
  • Brassicales
  • Caryophyllales
  • Commelinales
  • Cucurbitales
  • Cornales
  • Dioscoreales
  • Ericales
  • Saxifragales

Find any long-lost family members in there that your current succulent belongs to? Great! The other thing to keep in mind is that you also have subfamilies, but the thing to understand is this is by no means an extensive list. Let’s get back to the original topic at hand, shall we?

Plants That Even You Can’t Kill!

Let me be the first to admit, when I first began succulents and plants as a hobby years ago, they were all begging like, “No, please! I’ll be good! Don’t sell me to Squiggly!”

Even succulents were afraid to be owned by me as I killed enough plants to fill a couple graveyards. Succulents, in general, are noted for their hardiness. They can go for longer without water, and they can last longer, but even those fell to my ungreen thumb.

Some Plant Families Full of Succulents

You have some plant families that are filled to the brim with succulents. Some of the plant families that are an example of this include Crassulaceae, Cactaceae and  Aizoaceae. Most of the species under these three families categorize as succulents, which adds to the number of them.

In total, you probably have more than 100 different varieties of succulents, and that doesn’t even include the different types of species. With each of them, however, you should understand their different care needs to ensure that they receive the help that they need. They will require different amounts of water and sunlight.

How Can You Identify Your Succulent?

Let’s say that you have a mystery succulent that you received from a friend. You never got a name for it. How can you identify the plant? You have a few different characteristics that include:

  • Leaf size, leaf shape and leaf thickness
  • Stem texture, stem color and stem length
  • The color of the flowers, stems and leaves
  • The bumps and markings on the leaves
  • Does it have spikes, spines or is it smooth?
  • The shapes, colors and blooms of the flowers

Another one of the ways that you can identify a succulent is through joining one of the Facebook groups for plants. You have many great plant experts who can enlighten you about the type of succulent that you have. I have also learned all sorts of interesting things from this group.

Largest Families of Succulents

If you wanted to go with the largest succulent families, you might choose either the Aizoaceae or the Cactaceae. Each of these plant families contain over 2,000 species of succulents, which should highlight the depth of this species and how many you have.

In fact, if you were to take the total from both of these plant families, they total around 40 percent of all the succulents out there. That should show you how these are some of the most important plant families for succulents. Aizoaceae grow naturally and originally in South Africa, while Cactaceae have a natural distribution in the new world.

Types of Succulents

You have two main types of succulents, and they fall under either this or that category. Let’s outline them here to make it more understandable.

Soft Succulents: When we say soft succulents, these are the succulents that can’t survive lengthy periods of frost. Succulents like this can grow in zone 8, zone 9, zone 10 and zone 11 in the United States.

This category is extremely diverse, and you have many colors imaginable and even giant aloe trees. For example, you have a category called echeverrias.

Cold Hardy Succulents: These succulents grow well in zones 4, 5, 6 and 7. They can tolerate the cold more easily than soft succulents, and these succulents are low mainteance. Many of them will change colors throughout the year, which can be quite fun.

You could even turn cold hardy succulents into a lawn replacement in some cases. You can find these succulents in oranges and greens and yellows and purples. Usually, those that put out more chicks will bloom more often than those that don’t put out as many.

What is the best succulent?

The best is a personal preference, but if I had to say my favorite succulent of all time, right now, the Squigman’s favorite plant is the zebra haworthia. The beautiful colors of this succulent makes it even more desirable.

As you run your fingers along the zebra haworthia, you will feel unique and hardened worts on it. This leathery surface even makes the zebra haworthia hard to kill. The one thing that can kill this plant is frost and too much water.

You have tons of interesting succulents, so please don’t take this as the only interesting succulent.

One of the things that the Squigman likes about succulents as a hobby is that you have tons of different types. I like different succulents for different reason, and because there are so many succulents, it is easy to keep exploring. You can keep collecting new and interesting succulents all the time, and you most likely won’t run out.

Do you have a favorite succulent? Why not drop a comment below on your favorite succulent of all time. I’d love to learn more about my passion and discover great new succulents.

Can Snake Plants Survive without Sunlight?

Are you a forgetful plant owner? Let’s say you take some of your plants indoors and often forget about them. Or are you tired of taking your plants in and out from your house because you are afraid they might die with the absence of sunlight? Worry not because I am going to share with you one species of indoor plant that is suitable for this kind of problem and how you can help them stay alive indoors.

Snake Plants Can Survive A Few Weeks With No Sunlight?

Snake plants can survive for a few weeks without sunlight. These hard, sharp-pointed-leaf and sword-like plants can maintain their fresh and tough look for quite a long time. They prefer indirect exposure to sunlight because exposing them under the scourging heat of the summer sun can lead them to their deathbeds, but they can adjust to high heat too. 

Wait… sounds confusing? I know, but putting them directly under the sun all day everyday and putting them in a place where high temperatures exist can be two different things.

Our indoor environment is usually shady and has less sunlight penetration. While this type of condition is not a problem to snake plants, be sure not to neglect them forever. 

Snake Plants Are One of the Best Indoor Plants

Their ability to withstand the absence of sunlight for a long time is one of the several things that make them the best plant to have indoors. You do not need to worry everyday whether they are taken out or not, nor worry if you watered them or not.

Yes, aside from the fact that snake plants can maintain their vibrant look, they can survive without water for weeks as well. 

Another reason and maybe the most beneficial one is their ability to purify the air from inside of our apartment, be it the living room or the bedroom. The air indoors is five times more polluted than the air outside, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s study. 

A different study conducted by NASA in 1989 about the purifying abilities of indoor plants shows that the presence of these plants can clean the air inside your home by 90% in 24 hours. They can prevent cancer too, no joke!

Their awesome air-purifying ability can eliminate carcinogenic agents floating in the air. These carcinogens are causing cancer so having snake plants in your home is health wise.

You Can Use Artificial Lights as a Substitute for Sunlight.

There are several sources of artificial lights available at home, such as fluorescent, incandescent and LED or light-emitting diodes that can be used as a substitute for sunlight. Giving these plants any artificial lighting is not enough.

First, we need to have a deeper understanding of lights in order to give our plants the best one and not to harm them.

Light is a spectrum of different colors so we need to know whether these light colors affect the growth and development of the plants. If so, what colors in the light spectrum are good for them?

According to Science, there are three colors in the light spectrum that are good for the plants’ growth and development. These are green, red and blue. Among these, red and blue are the best source of energy for plants. The blue color in the light spectrum is responsible for plants’ food production. It helps plants grow fast and healthy.

On the other hand, the red color from the light spectrum is the key for the production of their fruits and flowers.

Now, we know that red and blue colors in the light spectrum are the most useful colors for our indoor plants. Next, we will talk about the best source of these light colors using the artificial lights found at home. 

There are several artificial light sources that can be found at home, and these include fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs and light-emitting diodes, also known as LED. Diodes are semiconductors with two terminals but only allow the flow of electric current to one side. 

LEDs usually come in different colors. If we compare these lights, fluorescent light is a better source of blue and red colors from the light spectrum, compared to incandescent light bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs emit a balance of both blue and red lights while incandescent light bulbs mainly emit red light colors.

How about LED lights? Well, the beautiful thing about LED lights is they are customizable. You can specifically customize blue or red or both with LED lights to give to your snake plants living inside your house. 

How to Care for your Snake Plants Indoors

Taking care for your snake plants is not that hard at all. After all, they are known as tough to kill plants. They grow best when you just leave them there in the corner, no strings attached. 

In fact, they will reward you for that by being just as evergreen as they are. When you plant them, the basic thing you need to remember is to plant them in a well-draining pot with a well-draining soil.

As we have mentioned earlier, they can live without sunlight for weeks, but make sure you do not deprive them of it when the time comes. Do not water them too much if you let them sit indoors. 

The absence of sunlight will slow down their food production; this means less absorption of water. If you water them too much, you are drowning them. When winter comes, it is best to just leave them alone by giving them water once in a while. Watering them less does not just end there.

One common mistake we often do – whether we admit it or not, we pour water to the center of our snake plants where the new leaves are sprouting. It is a big no-no. This will cause rotting – don’t be a troublemaker plant momma. 

Put them in a place where your pets or little kids cannot reach them. The reason for this is not just to keep your plants from damage, but these plants contain toxic elements which can cause poisoning when their leaves are eaten. They are not very poisonous but these plants can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. 

As a summary, snake plants can thrive in an environment with no sunlight – for a few weeks. This is a good plant characteristic for someone who often forgets about their plants because aside from that, they do not need to be watered very often. 

They are one of the best indoor plants to have because aside from their ability to live being neglected for a long time, they are beneficial to human health by purifying the air we breathe.

They consider artificial lights as a substitute for sunlight while they grow in one of the corners of your house. They are very low maintenance plants to have. Their toughness as a plant is super awesome because they cannot wither easily. 

Even superheroes have their weaknesses…so do the snake plants, so it is necessary to know the basic yet important knowledge to help them start out as a plant such as planting them in soil with well-drainage and observing the proper way of watering them.

I Left My Succulents in the Rain!

Perhaps you just found that you left your succulents out in the rain, and you’re panicking as you’re trying to figure out if the rain will kill them. Thinking of how too much water can lead to root rot, you fear that this will be the last of them. How do you proceed?

Don’t Panic!

First, you need to understand where the true danger comes from with the rain. It isn’t necessarily the rain that will be the problem for your succulents. In fact, what kills succulents more often than not comes from the water holding in with the soil. If it remains there for too long, it can lead to bacteria and fungus, which leads to root rot.

Cactuses categorize as succulents, and in fact, they don’t have any problem with the rain in the wild. The issue comes when the rain comes and the moisture stays in the ground. That will kill your succulents.

Succulents Like Rain

Provided you have set up your plant pots correctly, they may even get a boost from rain water. The rain boosts their health and wellness because it gives them extra water. The key as I’ve said before with succulents is that you do the soak-and-dry method.

In other words, you soak the succulents, and you don’t water them again until the soil has dried out entirely. With rain water, they should also be okay because of how succulents in the outdoors will dry faster because of better air circulation than indoors.

How Much Rain is Too Much?

In general, once a week should be okay like with a regular watering schedule, but you probably don’t want them to experience a full week of rain because this could do some serious harm to your succulents. You may find that you have to treat your succulents for root rot after, which isn’t a pleasant experience. You want to handle the problem as much as possible without worries.

One thing that you can do if your area is experiencing a lot of rain is that you could move them under the eaves, or you could take them indoors. If you accidentally left your succulents out in the rain for a single day, it depends on the species of succulent, but in most cases, it won’t cause any harm. Rain can kill ultra sensitive succulents, but the vast majority of them will be fine for a day in the rain.

How to Protect Your Succulents

To protect your succulents in general, you should understand what succulents prefer. They prefer a potting mix to where it will dry out in between getting watered. That is because of how succulents come from dry and arid regions where they may not experience a lot of rain.

Some of the places where you want to keep them away from includes:

  • Too much rain
  • Too much shade
  • Pots without drainage
  • Flooded gardens
  • Heavy soil

Any one of these things can lead to the death of your succulents. As much as possible, you want to prevent them from dying because of receiving too much rain.

If you were to plant succulents in your garden, you should understand how you could do that without a problem. The one thing to understand, however, is that you don’t want to plant them in an area prone to flooding because of how this can lead to root rot that will kill your succulent.

For succulents to live happily in the outdoors, you should never plant them in an area where water has a lot of trouble with draining. You will also want to make the soil more breathable. For example, you will use perilite, mulch and potting mix together to get the best results.

Rain Isn’t as Dangerous as This

While we’re looking at rain, we should highlight another danger that can have a drastic impact on your succulents: frost. If you live in an area that sees frost, this can have a dramatic impact on it. Depending on how low the temperatures drop, your succulents could show varying degrees of damage.

Especially if you have hard frost which means that the temperatures drop below freezing for hours, that can completely collapse your plants. To address this, you have to either live in a warmer climate like Arizona or somewhere without frost, or take your succulents inside before a frost. In general, this is the rule of thumb with regular plants as well. Don’t leave them exposed to frost because nothing kills them faster.

Why Shade Can Be Bad for Succulents

A lot of succulents prefer the sun, and they do better in the sun. Shade can prove damaging to your succulents for multiple reasons. First, they don’t receive the sunlight necessary for growth. Second, if it rains on your succulents, the rain water in the ground won’t dry up as quickly, which can be damaging.

For that reason, you usually want to plant your succulents in a sunny area of your property if you were to plant them outside.

Beware of Trays

In particular, you should especially exercise caution with trays in the outdoors. When you put your succulents on a tray, it might look harmless, but there is a big problem with it. If the rainwater floods, it won’t dry off the tray, and this will leave your succulents exposed to wet soil that remains wet. That can have a drastically negative impact.

Especially if you don’t realize this, it could leave your plants dead. They might be okay for a day if you quickly moved them to a dryer region, but this can kill your plants fast. Don’t let a tray become a death chamber for your succulents.

Why is Rain Good for Your Succulents?

Rain is good for your succulents because of how it is much healthier than water from the tap. The problem with water from the tap is that it will often come with chlorine, and fluoride, which won’t harm your plant, but it isn’t as good for them as what good rainwater would be if you were to get it for them.

Many gardeners have even chosen to collect rainwater because of the benefits that you get from using it for watering plants. You will see them grow even more.

With succulents, the biggest impact on them won’t be the rain. Instead, it will be the soil that you planted them in.

Here’s the rule of thumb with succulents and the rain: As long as you take the right precautionary measures to protect your succulents, you shouldn’t experience too much for problems. If you failed to take the right precautionary measures like proper drainage and using the right soil, you might have some problems, but it won’t matter in most cases otherwise.

Can Cactus Survive Rain?

You may think of cactuses and wonder with as little water as what they receive in the desert, can they even handle rain? Does a cactus know what rain is? Believe it or not, the desert does receive rain with an average of 10 inches per year.

Can cactus survive rain? Cactuses can survive, but it depends on how much rain. Some cactuses even live in tropical regions, and this type handles more rain than what other types of cactuses can. Just because cactuses can tolerate drought doesn’t mean they don’t like rain.

What Happens to Cactuses in the Rain?

Some cactus that come from tropical regions of the planet like those that come from Nicaragua, Brazil and other tropical countries can handle more rain. That said, the species that come from the desert will often rot if they receive too much water.

The biggest danger comes from if the soil sits in water for days on end to where the root system starts to rot. Cactuses aren’t used to this.

In a natural setting, most of them will be equipped to handle the rain, and in fact, they often experience growth spurts as a result of the rain. They look more fleshy, health and bloom better after a good soaking, but that said, the water doesn’t hold in the ground as well, which keeps them from rotting.

A small sprinkling from one day most likely won’t have a negative impact on your cactus, but you don’t want it to experience this all the time, or it could start to cause rot.

How Would Someone Handle This with a Personal Cactus?

Depending on the species, you might even put it out in the rain from time to time because of how this can have a positive impact on the cactus. In the outdoor environment, the circulation of air will dry the soil much faster than in an indoor environment. Your biggest danger from the rain comes from the soil staying moist. That can cause rot that kills your cactus.

In addition, you should be careful which species of cactus you put out in the rain. As stated before, the cactuses that come from more tropical regions will be more inclined to deal with a heavy downpour, and it could even be healthy for them to experience this.

The biggest thing is don’t let it stand in water for a long period of time because that is what is going to kill your cactus more than the rain itself. The other thing is that if you do put a cactus out in the rain, first check to see that you have good drainage for it. You want the soil to let the water out.

How to Get Good Drainage

Especially with any type of cactus, good drainage matters. You can do this through mixing gravel in with the soil, which will keep it from holding the water in, which can cause plant rot.

Cactus That Don’t Do Well in Rain

You have some species of cactus that you shouldn’t put in rain because of how it will most likely cause plant rot. Some of the species that should avoid rain include:

  • Astrophytum
  • Espostoopsis species
  • Espostoa Species
  • Stenocereus Species

In general, you can get too much rain on cactus with some species like this. It is better to keep these types out of the rain. You can protect your cactus from rain through bringing it indoors or putting it in a place where you have a roof over it to keep it from rotting because of too much moisture.

Cactuses Where Rain is Okay

As you will soon learn, you have more cactus where rain is okay over cactuses that don’t do well in rain. Some of the cactus species that love the rain include:

  • Echinocactus
  • Disocactus species
  • Azureocereus species
  • Cereus species
  • Ferocactus species
  • Echinopsis species
  • Echinocereus species
  • Ferocactus species
  • Stenocactus species
  • Gymnocalycium species

More cactuses like to be in the rain over those that don’t like the rain. With that said, you should make sure that your cactus pot has the proper soil and drainage because the soil or a lack of drainage can still cause plant rot and kill your cactus. If you do it correctly, you won’t have much problem.

The Golden Rule

If we had to say one way that you can tell if your cactus will survive in the rain or not, one of the general rules that can be applied is looking at the hairs of the cactus. Are the needles fine and hairy, or does the cactus have firm needles?

With firm needles, they can usually handle the rain better than other types of cactus. The problem with a cactus that has fine hairs is that it tends to hold in the water better than what it should. This equates to plant rot that will slowly kill your cactus. It doesn’t always apply, but in many cases, this rule holds true.

The Astrophytum Myriostygma seems especially prone to rot, and you want to keep the water to a minimum. If you left it out in the rain for more than a day, you can almost guarantee that you will come home to a rotting cactus.

The Beauty of Excess Rain in Cactuses

After a hard rain, cactus can even become better because they take the excess energy, and they put it into blooming. What other plant do you know of that does this?

As the cells in the cactus grow pleasantly plump with rainwater, they exhibit greater elasticity and health. You do have some that don’t handle rain well, but a lot of them like rain. What they dislike is when the rain stays in the soil.

How Cactus Evolved

Especially in the desert when a full on rain would come, it would soak the surrounding soils, but little would hold the water in. Instead, it would dry quickly, and the cactus would learn to survive in this setting. The water soaks in and evaporates in the desert.

For that reason, you want the water to mimic this same trait as what it does in the desert. You will find that you get a similar effect in this way. That’s one of the reasons that the soak-and-dry method works so well with succulents and cactuses. It soaks the plant and dries quickly. The roots know how to absorb the water before it can evaporate completely.

How Much Rain is Too Much Rain?

We’ve talked about how most cactus can survive in rain without a problem. If it rains to the point where the soil remains wet, that can lead to bacteria and fungi that leads to rot in the cactus. The point here isn’t the rain that will kill the cactus. What kills the cactus is when the water stays in the ground for too long. That kills your cactus.

You might also look at the season to determine how much rain is too much. In the summer season, which is the natural rainy and flood season in some deserts, most species of cactus can handle more rain. In other seasons, you may want to drop the water amount to keep your cactus healthy.

How to Identify Plant Rot

One of the ways to keep your cactus safe, knowing how to identify root rot can make a big difference. When left untreated, root rot is fatal. Some of the most common signs of root rot include:

  • Yellowed leaves
  • Soft brown leaves
  • Fungal spores in the soil

If you don’t treat it on time, root rot can kill your plant in 10 to 30 days. You need to act fast and identify it quickly.

How to Deal with Root Rot

After you have identified root rot, you will take a sharp pair of scissors to remove the brown roots. Cut away the damaged areas to leave it healthy. After you have pruned the roots with the scissors, you will sterilize them to keep the scissors from spreading the spores. Cactuses are a hardy plant, and in many cases, they can survive this.

Hopefully this sheds some light on whether or not cactuses can survive in the rain. It isn’t that cactuses can’t survive the rain, but you need to do it in such a way that they can thrive in the rain. In some cases, when you leave your cactus out in the rain, it will even be good for it, but you need to give careful consideration to the species.

If you want to know how to protect cactus from the rain, the biggest thing is to make sure that the soil drains easily. This ensures that the water doesn’t remain in the soil so that it creates root rot.

Does Rock Music Kill Plants?

Experiments in horticulture have been nothing if not interesting over the years. During the 1980s, you heard a lot about how plants loved classical music, and they grew better when you played it for them. Meanwhile, the experts said that rock music kills plants.

Does rock music kill plants? No conclusive evidence exists either way. Some studies suggest that loud and aggressive metal music has been shown to kill plants. You have other studies where playing Black Sabbath even showed positive growth for the plant. It needs more testing.

Why Does No Conclusive Evidence Exist?

It could be that music doesn’t affect plants either way. It neither affects them negatively or positively. This could explain why rock music seemed to kill plants in one study when it led to the plants doing well in another study.

One of the things that we must remember with science is that we don’t put forth theories to prove ourselves right. We must continually seek to prove ourselves wrong. In fact, the strength and quality of our thoughts and theories rest on that principle.

The fact that you get inconclusive evidence suggests one of two things. Either the plants don’t get affected much by music either way, or the people who conducted the research from one of the studies biased the results in either direction.

Test It for Yourself

Especially when you have a non-conclusive study where the evidence points in both directions, one of the things that you can do is to test it for yourself to learn if rock music kills plants. In this way, too, you can learn if it has a negative effect on plants.

No one can fool you either when you conduct the same experiment, and it can be a lot of fun.

The Studies Conducted

Researchers from the  MSU’s Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Wildlife conducted a study where they looked at how rock and country music had an impact on soybean plants. They also did the sounds of the city to see if it had any affect whatsoever.

In this study, researchers found how plants exposed to AC/DC for two weeks in a row started to deteriorate. As the lady beetles came around less, the aphids surged, and this led to mass harm of the plants. Country music, meanwhile, had no effect either way.

You have another study from the Journal of Integrative Agriculture. During this study, they played sound at 100 dB and 1 kHz. When researchers looked at this more deeply, they discovered how endogenous hormones and protective enzymes had been enhanced, which may have led to a greater crop yield for a number of plants like spinach, cucumber, tomato, cotton and rice.

This shows us how plants may be unaffected by music at all. Some people really believe this, but it can be a fun experiment to play Black Sabbath and Mozart for two weeks to see what kind of impact it might have on your plants.

Why Certain Music Could Harm Plants

While plants themselves might act as a more neutral party, you do have one thing that could have an impact on them–the bugs! Lady beetles, for example, may dislike the loud and noisy music that you’d get with an AC/DC album, and it repels them, which could have a direct impact on the health of plants.

With that said, it has also been shown that the noise from farm equipment and other common noises can have a negative impact on the lady beetles, which has an impact on the plants because the lady beetles don’t eat the aphids.

Sharks Attracted to Heavy Metal

Perhaps it could even depend on the species of plant because one study found how great white sharks were attracted to heavy metal. That’s strangely appropriate.

Researchers learned how great white sharks were attracted to the low frequency vibrations of heavy metal music. They use this to detect shoals of fish when hunting.

Could it have less to do with the music played and more with the types of sound vibrations that it transmits to the plant? We know for a fact that music is basically vibration.

Evidence Counter to the Theory That Rock Music Kills Plants

Despite some of the evidence that says rock music kills plants, you have evidence that runs counter to this. Chris Beardshaw, a garden guru, for example, conducted a horticultural experiment where he played Black Sabbath music, which caused blooms in the plants.

Meanwhile, Beardshaw’s experiment found how easy listening like Cliff Richard could kill off the plants. Beardshaw is a reputable gardener, which makes the evidence from before difficult to prove or disprove. It shows us how it could be possible that plants don’t get effected either way.

Because of the evidence that points in all directions and we don’t really know, one of the things that people can do is to have fun and try to find out for themselves if rock music can, in fact, kill their plants. However, it is recommended that you do this with plants that you don’t care as much for.

How Classical Music Differs from Rock Music

If you were to look at the evidence overall, most studies seem to suggest that classical music has a more positive effect on plants. They bear more fruit, and they do better in general.

One thing, however, is that if you look at the same plants that were exposed to classical and rock music, you often can’t tell much difference between them. They look the same. That is what has led some researchers to conclude that it doesn’t make much difference at all what type of music you choose for your plant.

Most research suggests that classical music has the edge over rock music. They have found that the plant produces better fruit, and it looks healthier, but most studies seem to have found different things, which calls a lot of the evidence into question.

The one thing that we have to keep in mind is how nothing has been proven conclusively either way. You can’t necessarily say that rock music has caused plants to produce more fruit, and you can’t necessarily say that it hasn’t either.

Many studies have been done, but all of them have shown conflicting evidence. There’s too much differences in evidence, which means that if we were to do an experiments on this, we would want to do it in a way where we could prove the evidence in another way. For example, what would be the effect of plants that listened to binaural beats? What could further this research would be if we were to test music on plants in new and interesting ways outside of the common genres like rock, classical, country and jazz.

In all likelihood, it is a myth that rock music kills plants because plants don’t seem to care either way.