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5 Best Cactus Varieties to Grow Indoors in 2022

You don't have to go all the way to the desert to find some of the cutest, yet easy to care for cacti. Here are six of our favorite varieties, ready to enhance your home decor and take it to the next level.

By: THURSD. | 23-05-2022 | 4 min read Houseplants

If you're into cacti but don't really know which ones will thrive best in your house, you can read all about it now. Get ready to become the ultimate cactus lover and get your house filled up with stunning varieties of the best cactus to grow indoors.

Different from growing traditional houseplants and needing to keep them in a rather humid enough place to maintain their health and vitality, cactus will make your life easier by not needing all of these caring instructions. Given they are desert plants, cacti appreciate and prefer dry air and average room temperatures, making them simple to grow and easy to care for houseplants. 

6 Cactus Varieties That are Easy to Grow Indoors

For all the cacti aficionados, here's a list of 5 of the best indoor cacti that will make your spaces at home look better, brighter, greener, and more interesting. Which is your favorite?

 

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1. Opuntia Microdasys (Bunny Ears or Angel Wings Cactus)

Opuntia Albispina cactus, aka the angel wing cactus or bunny ears cactus, is a member of the prickly pear family. This type of cactus grows evenly spaced clutches of hairs rather than spines.

 

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Angel Wings normally reach a height of no larger than two feet, but can sometimes grow to be up to five feet over time. What characterizes this cactus is its pale yellow blooms, followed by red, edible fruits. (This is only seen on plants that receive complete sunshine every day). 

 

2. Aporocactus Flagelliformis (Rat Tail Cactus)

Yes, for this type of indoor cactus you'll need to expose it to direct sunlight every single day. The fantastic Aporocactus flagelliformis or commonly known as rat tail cactus is a plant native to Mexico, featuring vibrant magenta-toned blooms. And definitely, one of the best cactus to grow indoors. Surprisingly, this indoor cactus has been used as traditional medicine, especially for people who have heart problems. For the best and most beautiful decor results, choose a hanging basket and let it bloom happily with the appropriate care!

  

Rat tail cactus - the best cactus for indoor - on Thursd
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3. Echinocactus Grusonii (Barrel Cactus)

Also known as one of the "fiercest cactus", don't let its name scare you! This Echinocactus or Ferocactus genus is covered with long, rigid spines that protect its succulent, yet edible pulp. A Barrel cactus is the classic desert denizens of lore. There are a number of barrel cactus varieties within two genus types, the Echinocactus and the Ferocactus. The Echinocactus has a fuzzy crown of fine spines, while the Ferocactus is ferociously thorned. Each one can be grown as a houseplant. The barrel cactus may live for as long as decades and can eventually reach heights of eight to ten feet if grown under good circumstances. 

 

 

If you really want to see this cactus thrive, remember to give it as much sunlight as possible and little or no water coupled with a loose potting mix. Go ahead and place it next to your favorite window!

 

4. Astrophytum Myriostigma (Bishop's Cap)

This unique cactus species list is also one of the best to grow indoors. And it looks spectacular. By placing it in your favorite ceramic pot it can be a real eye-catcher. What characterizes this variety is its stiff spikes covered by deeply ridged spheres, which can reach various cm in height. You may get alarmed if you see a white frosty-looking like coat on top which may get you thinking it's a disease or mold, but no worries! This is only the plant's defense mechanism to protect itself from the sun. It's very easy to take care of given it requires almost no water and needs constant sun. 

 

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5. Carnegiea Gigantea (Saguaro Cactus) 

Ever been to the Sonoran desert? Yes, there's a gigantic, 40-feet saguaro cactus that takes over the landscape. The Saguaro is one of the most famous cacti; he is the prototype cactus in westerns or in comics like Lucky Luke: meters high, columnar, and with side branches for arms. Such a saguaro cactus often grows more than 10 meters high and weighs more than a ton.

 

Saguaro cactus - best cactus to grow indoors
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These impressive plants may live for two centuries, and it can take up to 40 years for their flowers to bloom. One of the benefits of having this cactus as an indoor plant is its slow growth rate which makes it possible to grow one for many years as an indoor houseplant. Tip: give it as much sunlight as possible and water sparingly once a month.

 

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How Should you Care for your Indoor Cactus?

As mentioned above, most cacti only require strong, daily sunlight and almost no watering, given they are desert plants and are used to little or no hydration.

A happy cactus may even surprise you with vibrant blooms if taken care of appropriately and giving it the love it deserves. The slow growth and easy care requirements of these six popular varieties will add charm to any plantings and make elegant specimens as well. 

 

 

 

 

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