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Different Types of Cactus House Plants

Are all cacti green and spiky? No. In fact, with over 1700 known varieties of cactus, we have many different types of cactus house plants to choose from.  Indeed, some are green and have sharp spikes. However, others resemble strange features. And many feature other colors, in addition to the common green.

When I began researching these plants, the shear number and variety amazed me. How could I select just one or two for a terrarium when so many intrigued me. As it turned out, others feel the same way. In fact, many people collect the varieties of cacti with a zest for the hobby.

So why the enthusiasm? While I adore my leafy greens and flowering plants, the cacti also hold fascination. And, as it turns out, many of these plants spring forth flowers, too.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to some of my personal favorites.


1. Rat Tail Cactus:

Ok, I confess, the name does not appeal to me. But these plants offer such a unique persona that I overlook the name.

The rat tail cactus plant shows itself as an odd prickly plant. Native to southwestern Mexico and parts of Focal America, they are popular in our country as houseplants. It is unmistakable for its long, following stems, which develop to around 4 feet at the development and give the plant its moniker. Rattail desert plant blossoms in spring and late-spring. Then, it sprouts violet-red. And, other times, the plant develops blossoms in particular tones like pink and orange. The blossoms grow rounded in form and quite large, around 2 inches wide. Even though it delivers many blossoms during its sprout in the pre-summer, each bloom lives for only several days. Take photos as they bloom!

We see various assortments of the rat tail cactus plant, a number of which have profoundly furrowed stems, while the parent plant has stems with shallow edges. This plant reproduces quite easily by cuttings. In fact, since its stems develop so quickly, you might have plenty to share with friends. The stems grow beautifully, but the sharp spikes call for caution when handling them.


2. African Milk Tree:

African Milk Tree might make you feel like a cactus professional. In fact, this simple indoor cactus plant grows quite robustly. Otherwise known as the cathedral plant, this cactus plant often develops to more than eight feet tall in ideal conditions. However, it seldom grows more than four feet tall when kept indoors as a houseplant. Little green leaves develop between thistles on the furrowed stems. One variety, the Rubra hosts leaves in a beautiful rosy purple. These plants live long lives when properly cared for.


3. Old Lady Cactus:

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Old Lady Hat

I’m not sure if it’s the name or the cute image she portrays. Honestly, I think that the Old Lady Cactus might be one of my all-time favorites.

Mammillaria is a family that incorporates a few cactus plants that are usually found at home and nursery focuses. Also known as the powder puff prickly plants, they are famous both for their appearance and their alluring attributes in development. This tremendous sort of plant contains in any event 275 types of profoundly factor structures, huge numbers of which are exceptionally valued among authorities. Even though this family incorporates a few plants that challenge growers, the most widely recognized ones offer easier growing. These little plants grow at a moderate rate. Enjoy them as houseplants for a long time.


4. Bishop’s Cap:

Bishop’s Castus plants excel as indoor cactus plants. In fact, known for their excellent growing ability and unusual shape they many refer to them as “living rocks”. Enthusiasts enjoy the plant’s exquisite yellow blossoms that stretch out up as if toward the sky. Astrophytum species, like most desert plants, grow at a moderate rate. They offer a bit more challenge than some other cacti, but their admirers allow for that. In fact, they enjoy quite a large following.


5. Christmas Cactus:

Although not a true cactus, many still consider the Christmas Cactus as a member of the group. And, in fact, it hosts many dedicated followers. However, keep in mind that it needs a little more water than the true cactus. In fact, as a succulent, it does store more water in the leaves than other non-cactus. Give it a little extra care and it rewards you with those beautiful Christmas blooms.

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Easter Cactus

In truth, the Christmas Cactus plant seems to reproduce without any help. It readily sets buds for Christmas blossoms. It endures having cuttings taken for propagation without a problem.  Stem tips produce blossoms with petals of various lengths and a shading palette in tints of pinks to reds. While we know this plant as a Christmas Cactus, this group of plants includes some that produce blossoms at Easter. Christmas prickly plant does well when set near a window. Try not to let the cushions contact a cool window, however. Keep in mind that Christmas desert flora needs well-draining soil, with more frequent waterings than the true cactus.


6. Barrel Cactus:

The barrel cactus plant is an indoor cactus plant, named after its barrel or round shape. Ribs line the sides of the plant and spiky spines grow from them. Some well-known assortments incorporate the brilliant barrel, California barrel, fishhook desert flora, blue barrel, and Colville’s barrel. Blossoms sprout in May and June, flaunting red or yellow tones.


7. Angel Wings Cactus:

The “Opunta albispina” is the Indoor Cactus House Plant, desert plant, or blessed messenger wings desert plant is an individual from the thorny pear family that develops equitably dispersed bunches of hairs instead of sharp spines. The Mexican local develops bunches of cushions that get no bigger than two feet tall except for can grow up to five feet across after some time. Light yellow sprouts are trailed by red, eatable natural products on plants that get an entire day of sun.


8. Cholla Cactus:

Cholla Cactus is one of the well-known Indoor cactus plants. Local to the American Southwest, the cholla prickly plant has a round stem with sharp spines. There are more than 20 species in the plant family that arrive in an assortment of sizes. They produce green or orange blossoms. The cholla desert flora needn’t bother with much water however requires adequate light.


9. Queen of the Night:

Queen of the Night also called dutchman’s line cactus plant, sovereign of the night is an epiphyllum desert plant that develops on trees. It’s local to Brazil and creates enormous white blossoms. This cactus plant is named after its propensity to be a night-blossoming plant. Utilizing somewhat acidic soil will empower the sovereign of the night to blossom all the more as often as possible.


10.  Bunny Ears Cactus:

Bunny Ears Cactus is an indoor cactus plant, Initially from Mexico, the bunny ears desert plant is named after its appearance. It has two cushions that are bunny ear-formed. They are secured with glochids or earthy colored prickles and ought to be maneuvered carefully. The bunny ears desert plant develops to a few feet, making it the ideal house plant. It produces white blossoms and purple natural products in the late spring whenever presented with enough light.


11.  Star Cactus:

Star Cactus is one of the most beautiful indoor cactus, called ocean urchin cactus plant or sand dollar cactus plant, the star cactus plant is recognized by its round body that is segmented into eight cuts. It is secured with white hair and minuscule white dabs. In the spring it sprouts a yellow blossom. The star desert flora just grows two to six creeps in breadth, making it an ideal house plant.

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In Summary

These represent 11 of my favorite cactus varieties. However, I must admit that more could be added. Cactus plants just intrigue me! If they do you, as well, please leave a comment below. I welcome your photos, too!

Read More

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Succulent Houseplants

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