Succulents and Cactus in Malta


Cactus and succulents are some of the easiest plants you can grow in Maltese gardens and Maltese soil.

Succulents and cactus plants do not need lots of watering, and in fact, can be easily damaged with frequent watering.

Some of these plants produce truly beautiful and amazing flowers, although a number of these flowers will only last for a few hours, and might even bloom at night.

If you keep your succulents and cactus plants outside in pots or in your garden, you ideally avoid watering these after winter’s last rain. This should increase your probability of these beautiful plants flowering.

When the succulent and cactus plants are dry, their bottom leaves might drop, and their leaves pucker and wrinkle. Nonetheless, succulent and cactus plants are very resistant to dry spells and will not die. This wrinkling process might be a good indication that the plant needs some watering.

Once the flowers produced by the succulent or cactus dies, you may remove the dead flower and water the plant.

Some of the most common succulent and cactus plants in Malta include Agave, Crassula (or Jade Plant), Aloe (Aloe vera), Kalanchoe and Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus). Most of these plants are quite common and easy to purchase or obtain in Malta.

Succulent plants rarely flower, and therefore planting a mix and arranging these in groups are ideal. The main beauty of these flowers is not the flowers, but their amazing shapes and colours.

Happy gardening!

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