Sav­age Gar­den

The rugged – and re­fresh­ingly low main­te­nance – cac­tus re­turns as the home ac­ces­sory of the mo­ment. Just watch your fin­gers

Sharp - - GUIDE - By Eric Mutrie

DE­SPITE THEIR COW­BOY REP­U­TA­TION, LATELY, cacti are as com­mon in sub­way-tiled down­town juice bars as they are out on the range. Wel­come to the next chap­ter in the in­door gar­den­ing move­ment. No mat­ter. At least they’re bound to stick around longer than last year’s fickle fad, the fid­dle leaf fig tree. You might even choose to see the plant’s surge in pop­u­lar­ity as a re­sponse to these un­cer­tain times. Be­cause what­ever ma­cho con­no­ta­tions they may have gained from co-star­ring with John Wayne and Clint East­wood, cacti re­ally just stand for resilience – they’re known for with­stand­ing droughts, af­ter all. That said, a cac­tus still re­quires some care. We spoke to Chloe Fraser, owner of Toronto plant shop Flúr, for some tips on how to keep them alive.

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