Did you know all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti? All succulents store water in their stem or foliage, but cacti also feature areoles, the little bumps on the outside of the plant that the spines grow from. With the proper care, these desert-native plants can be just as happy growing on a shelf inside your home. A cactus requires little care—it can even tolerate some neglect as some types only need to be watered every two to three months. They can live for decades, so even the black-thumbed among us can find success. Our list of best cactus garden tips answers all of your questions on soil, containers, and watering. Cacti come in all shapes and sizes, and some even boast brightly colored flowers. Ready to up your houseplant game with some less-prickly selections? Branch out with these choices.
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This plant, nicknamed the “mother-in-law cushion” (ouch!), needs plenty of sun and not much water. A barrel cactus can thrive with watering as infrequently as once every two to three months.
Fairy Castle Cactus
Who knew a cactus could be whimsical? The varied stems resemble the turrets of a castle, making it the perfect addition to any whimsical garden. This slow-growing cactus can reach up to 6 feet in height. Take note that the Fairy Castle Cactus rarely produces flowers—they’re often sold with artificial blooms attached.
The star cactus (also called sea urchin cactus or starfish cactus) is a small plant, making it ideal for an indoor succulent garden. A yellow or white bloom is the show-stopper on this petite cactus.
Don’t be fooled! The white “feathers” on this cactus look fluffy and soft, but they actually act as camouflage for the sharp spines that cover the surface.
Old Lady Cactus
The old lady cactus, a type of powder puff cactus, is covered with spines and white down, hence its name. This easy-to-grow plant is a great choice for a beginner.
Bunny Ear Cactus
The bunny ear or angel wing cactus is a popular choice for its cute shape. This plant does not have spines like a traditional cactus, but that doesn’t mean it’s cuddly! The glochids (which give it a polka-dot appearance) can still stick you.