As much as you might want it to be true, not everyone is lucky enough to have a green thumb. And yes, that could mean you. Maybe you try hard to keep that potted plant or vase of flowers alive inside your house, but you just can’t. Sometimes, it’s just the luck of the draw and it’s not meant to be. The one indoor plant it can be hard to fail at, however, is the cactus. These are the best types of cactus you can grow at home, but if you find you’re doing well with these, don’t stop there. You can also extend that newfound plant talent to similarly less needy plants like succulents. Basically, once you have mastered cacti in the home, you will be able to better work on keeping other plants alive and that’s not an easy feat.
First, however, you should master taking care of your indoor cactus plants. Surprisingly, there are more options than the standard potted cactus that looks eerily similar to what you’d find in the desert. There are smaller, bigger, softer, and sharper cactus that will all do well inside your home. That is, if you can have enough patience and care to take care of them long enough.
1. Bishop’s Cap
If you want an indoor cacti that could still grow to a couple of feet tall and produce some brightly colored flowers in addition to spikes, then the Bishop’s Cap is the right one for you. It needs very little water, but thrives on as much hot sub as possible. So even if you keep it indoors, it’s best to keep it somewhere the sun will hit it daily and for long periods of time. Other than that, as long as you steer clear of the long and pointy thorns, it’s plenty easy to manage.
2. Pincushion Cactus
This one looks like one of your more standard indoor cacti and because of that, it might be the most sensible option if you are looking for the best cactus to grow at home. It is short and round with classic sharp spines that stick out from every inch of the plant. But these particular spikes have tiny hooks on the ends which can make them hard to remove from the skin. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about watering it every single day and should allow the soil to dry between each watering. How much easier can you get?
3. Christmas Cactus
The Christmas Cactus looks different from your traditional cacti. It has bright flowers that pop out between the green leaves and spokes and the spikes themselves are more soft than sharp. Because of this, you won’t have to worry too much about being pricked by the plant, so it’s a good one to have in the home if you have kids or pets prone to showing an interest in potted plants. These cacti need filtered light and don’t need to be watered daily either, so the upkeep is minimal.
The Opuntia Cactus are known for their many tiny spikes and flat bright or dark green joints. You can find this particular cactus small enough to fit in a pot that fits in the palm of your hand, which can be ideal for beginners with indoor cacti. Some can grow a bit larger, though they don’t typically grow so large that they are difficult to maintain indoors, and that’s a huge deal when it comes to indoor cactus plants.
One of the best things about this cactus variety is that it can withstand cooler temperatures if needed. So just in case you have concerns about keeping it in your house, which isn’t always a balmy 80 degrees, you don’t really need to worry. While this cactus variety tends to multiply into a cluster of ball-like cacti, the plant also grows brightly colored flowers in between the cacti and although it needs sunlight and soil, it’s mostly low maintenance.
6. Star Cactus
Even if you have a love/hate relationship with cacti because of the plant’s notorious spikes, it’s hard not to immediately love the Star Cactus. This one is most known for its large bright flower that blooms out of the top, making it look a lot less threatening and more like a cactus and daisy hybrid. It’s also small enough to keep almost anywhere inside your home.
7. Ladyfinger Cactus
To some, the best indoor cacti are the ones that bloom flowers to counteract the off-putting nature of the plant’s sharp spikes. The Ladyfinger Cactus will eventually grow white flowers to add a pop of something else to the small pot it resides in. And in case you’re worried about having runaway plant on your hands eventually, this one only grows to be as tall as six inches or so.
One of the best things about cactus plants inside the home is the fact that they require so little attention compared to your other potted plants or bundles of flowers. You don’t have to water cacti every day or worry about plant food. Cacti need ample sunlight more than anything. If you can ensure that your cactus regularly gets enough sunlight and just enough hydration, you’re on the fast track to keeping that baby alive and well.