Is the Tree Cactus toxic?
While the Tree Cactus is considered to be non-toxic, it is important to note that its sharp spines can do some serious damage. This plant should be placed somewhere out of reach from the hands of inquisitive children, the noses of sniffing puppies, and the paws of curious felines. While the spines of this cactus do not actually contain poison if they puncture the skin, pain is bound to ensue and the area could even become infected.
What’s the ideal temperature?
The Tree Cactus feels most at home in a climate where the temperature is consistently greater than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). It is extremely resilient and has adapted to survive in scorching triple-digit temperatures. So when that summer heat hits you will not need to be concerned about this strong plant’s well-being. With that being said the Tree Cactus is far less tolerant of cold weather and cannot survive in freezing or frost conditions. It is important to keep this plant in a place where the temperature does not dip below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
What’s the ideal humidity level?
Given that the Tree cactus is a desert native, it is much better equipped to handle dry, low-humidity climates compared to many other houseplants. Most homes hover around an average relative humidity of about 40%-60%. If a central heating system or space heater is being used the relative humidity can drop below 40%. Luckily, the Tree Cactus should have no problems tolerating this lower level of humidity.
Does it purify the air?
The Tree Cactus is not found on the list of air-purifying plants released by NASA’s Clean Air Study, However, it is known that cacti, and all plants, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Cacti tend to release the most oxygen during the night which can potentially aid sleeping.