10 of the Best Types of Cactus You Can Grow at Home

Many people are unable to manage houseplants. It could be that you forget about them and they wilt and die. Or maybe you are out of town on so many occasions that keeping up with a regular watering schedule is hard. It could also be that the conditions in your home are unfavorable. For these reasons and more, some people give up on having plants in the house. They thus focus their efforts on outdoor plants, and while this may work, there is another way around this.

You can grow cacti. With these plants it does not matter whether you have them in or around wooden houses. Either way, they will thrive, thanks to their hardiness. These plants do well in average room temperatures and will not die when exposed to dry air. All they need is access to sunlight for at least three hours a day. With wooden houses, placing these plants near south-facing windows should do the trick.

You could also supplement the lighting if you place them in other parts of the house. Interestingly, cacti can develop other features when in optimal conditions. They could surprise you with vibrant blooms which would be the icing on the cake atop their fantastic shapes. And their textures are also lovely.

The following types of cacti will thrill you with their easy care routines and exciting forms. Have a look:

Indoor Cacti

Succulents do great when positioned in sunlit areas. However, that does not mean that they cannot thrive in wooden sheds. All you have to do is to place them towards south-facing windows and they will be fine. These varieties will not require much light, and they are quite small. Thus, they are great houseplants.

Bunny Ears

This variety is native to Mexico. It gets its name from its appearance thanks to its bunny ear shape. It features brown prickles which you should handle with care. These plants are quite small, reaching heights of two to three feet under proper care. They have white flowers and purple fruits adorning them in the summer. However, this is only possible when you expose them to adequate light,

Chin Cactus

This cactus variety is native to South America. The name refers to the spines on its flower buds. Some of its varieties do well in shaded conditions, while others thrive in sunlight. It is thus essential to figure out what species would work best for your home before planting any. It is a great houseplant owing to its vibrant colors that will serve as decorative features for the house.


This species goes by the scientific name of Carnegiea Gigantea. This plant grows slowly. And slowly but surely, it grows to a height of forty feet. Thus, you should place it in a room with adequate space to allow it to grow to its full potential. Where you lack enough room to accommodate this growth, you can have the plant indoors for a while. Then you can move it outside where it can reach forty feet without getting in your way.


It has a barrel shape, which is quite like what you would see in the standard cacti. Being native to the Sonoran Desert, this plant requires a lot of sunlight. Thus, if you choose to have it indoors, you should ensure that it has enough sunshine.

Old Lady

This species features hairs and spines along its body, and you should be careful when handling it. Additionally, it has small purple and pink flowers which are quite eye-catching in the spring. When planting this variety, you should use a sandy potting mix which will allow for adequate drainage. Watering should be infrequent, and if you can do it every other week, the plant will do fine.

Star Cactus

This plant also goes by the name Astrophytum Asteria. Other than this scientific name, it also goes by several different names such as the sand dollar and sea urchin. It features a round body shape with eight distinct parts. With white dots and hairs covering its body, it is quite attractive. When well-cared for, it blooms yellow flowers in the spring, which will be an excellent addition to your home. This variety reaches up to six inches along its diameter. It should thus not be hard to manage it.

Easter Cactus

This plant, which also goes by the name Hatiora Gaertneri, is native to Brazil. It features bright-colored flowers which bloom early on in spring or late in winter. The hues range from white to lavender to orange, and they are quite delightful. The spines lie on top of each other, meaning this cactus has a unique appearance.

Christmas Cactus

This plant blooms late in winter with beautiful red flowers. It is therefore a great gift to hand out to your loved ones during this vibrant holiday. It thrives in moderate conditions with limited water and adequate sunlight. Overwatering it leads to root rot.

Outdoor Varieties

These plants will do well in your yard and are a great way to enhance the appearance of wooden houses. Note that planting these varieties will be dependent on the climatic conditions in your region.

Barrel Cactus

This variety features a circular shape, hence its name. It features spines growing along its sides and has flowers that bloom in May and June. The flowers are either red or yellow.

Thanksgiving Cactus

This variety blooms during holiday time and also goes by the name crab cactus. It does well in cold temperatures and will thus thrive when winter comes. However, note that it cannot survive in a region with frost as this would kill it.

Queen of the Night

This cactus is native to Brazil and is unique as it grows on trees. When grown in the right conditions, it produces lovely white flowers which bloom in the night. You can encourage its growth by using slightly acidic soil.

Any of these varieties will do well so long as you provide them with the appropriate requirements. All the best!

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