HOW TO: Know the difference between Succulents & Cacti

Hey, do you know the difference between a succulent and a cactus? This question is a pretty common one among our customers at Establish. So we thought we’d take a moment to let you know what are some of the similarities and what are some of the difference. Knowing some of these will definitely help green your thumb!

First off, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti (say that 10 times fast)! 

Succulents are known to be moisture packed due to storage of water. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems or roots and the arms - thus they can survive quite a while without being watered. Cacti have small, round, cushion-like structures called areoles in which flowers and hair can grow. Areoles usually look like small, fluffy, cotton like lumps on the body of the cactus. It is where the pricks grow out to get ya! Cacti usually have a tough, thick skin and seldom have leaves. If a succulent does not have any of these noticeable features, then it is not considered a cacti.

Planting is a key ingredient to the success of whether a succulent or cacti can survive. A clay pot is recommended with a hole in the bottom that is covered with rocks or broken clay pieces. The pot should be ½ the width of the height of the plant that is to be potted. Make sure you use a soil that is meant for cacti or succulents. You can mix your own, but you need to mix sand with soil. This can be tricky, so make sure you follow some key instructions from a nursery. When you first buy your plant, do not water immediately – wait a week and then just dampen the soil, do not soak it. *Stay tuned for our next posting about watering tips for cacti and succulents. One quick hint: when planting cacti, wear leather gloves to protect yourself from the pricks!

When taking care of cacti or succulent, remember they are water-filled plants so when looking at your plant it should look plump and filled with water. If not and it looks puckered, then water it but remove any standing water that has developed in bottom of the cactus stalk.

And don't forget - if you still have questions or need advice on what to plant or where to put your new buddy - we are here to help. Just ask and we will help you create your perfect desert oasis.

Interiors: Our Fav Tips and Tricks

Constantly changing and creating new spaces is something we LOVE doing especially at little to no cost. Depending on how bad your hoarding problem of awesome things is, it may seem really daunting to start cleaning or moving things around. BUT, there are some great reasons and ways to consider changing things and space around you that make all the difference. We have put together some of our favorite tips, tricks, and reasons we use to constantly change the spaces around us for little to no cost, and providing nearly the same outcomes.

Controlling the energy in your environment: You have the ability to create and alter the energy and space around you. To make it more productive, relaxing, feel bigger than it is, or even clutter it up if you feel so inclined. It is your personal energy and the way in which you take advantage of the lighting available to you as well as the colors and organisation or lack there of. Lighter colored walls and furniture help light bounce around a room to make it feel light and airy. Keeping things off a floor, or furniture that sits above the floor, help it make it feel bigger and less cluttered. 

Rearranging Wall Decor: Sometimes it is just as simple as moving around your wall decor to give space a new energy and personality. Changing wall decor or introducing new colors to a room can make all the difference in little to no time. May it be taking away, or adding, you don't actually have to get rid of any of the pieces you have. If you are feeling something new, you can redecorate based around that main piece. We recommend moving things around every few weeks.





WHAT WE DID: A little game of musical chairs! We moved items in the living room to give a new feel. Not that we didn't like the way the other pieces looked together, but just doing a new composition makes the house feel different. And satisfies that urge to move, spend or throw things out. 

Adding Plants: There is nothing like a good potted plant in a lonely corner to soften the space. Having plants in your space also force you to move things around based on the light they are getting. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorising your space and adding color and texture. Many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. Succulents, cacti and pothos plants are very easy to care for if you are starting out with plants indoors. We also LOVE elephant ears and ornamental fig trees. Check out our blog post "HANG ME" for more of tips on our plant loves. 





WHAT WE DID: We removed some of the clutter and made it a bit more breathable, added some greens to make it feel more fresh and that's all! The problem you may say is what do you do with the other items? Well, some of the items were moved to other spaces in the house and others were stored away. We always keep a simple storage box with extra trinkets just for these occasions. Bringing items in and out of your life makes them feel new and different - without having to purchase or purge! Making you feel anew - like buying new clothes. Totally good reason to have a little 'new space christening'. 

Here are a few items we currently love and stock in store. Add any of these to boost your space and add a little flare. Email us at to purchase!

HANG ME: favorite hanging plants

We know it's pretty obvious when you walk in store how much we love plants. It's been proven they can be mood boosters - so why not keep 'em around. Establish is usually full of greenery - in vintage cups, pots, hanging from the ceilings and walls. Really anywhere we can find the space to stick a plant – we will! 

We love the idea of hanging plants. It is such a great alternative to a plant sitting on your window sill, staircase or wherever you may let your plant rest. There are a wide variety of plants that like to trail as they grow, and that is the beauty of hangers.

So if you're ever in the need of a quick guide to hanging plants - here's a few of our favorites:

The Fish Hook succulent (or it's real name "Senecio Succulent") is so amazing. It's a quick grower, trails all over and though it does like light can handle indirect light areas. This one has become one of my personal favorites. The fish hook looks great in macrames and are very easy to manage - yes & yes.

Another one from the succulent family is the donkey tail (Sedum morganianum). Easy to grow and have really neat bead like leaves. You'll find these little beads tend to drop off if you brush against them, but not to worry - these dropped beads can be placed in a container and will start to grow a new plant!

One of the easiest to grow plants - you can neglect this plant, but you really shouldn't because spider plants (Chlorophytum) will help improve the quality of the air in your home or office. Spider plants also make little 'babies' that you can root and grow. They come in a wide variety of greens and whites too.

These are a true gem. Why you may ask? Because the pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum) can handle low light situations, but this variety is neon in color. This adds such a great color to any room - especially a dark room. I've found that often I don't care for many of the low light option plants in the world - but the neon pothos has changed me. These grow relatively fast, are pretty low maintenance and can grow up to 10 feet long. LOVE.

So if you're ever in need of some new greens for your home or office, just ask. We can provide any plant for your light situation, hanging situation or just everyday plant advice. Come test us!