If you want a good-looking, little plant with low maintenance, a cactus is the one for you. Cactus plants are members of the Cactaceae family, there are thousands of species and varieties. There are two main groups of Cacti that are popularly grown and most suitable for indoors; Forest and Desert Cacti. These two groups will happily thrive indoors and barely need any effort to maintain. In this article, we will share the most suitable cacti for you, how to grow and care for one in the space of your own house.
Nearly all Cacti are succulents, meaning they have thick and fleshy leaves and stems, which are used to store water. Forest Cacti grow in tropical and subtropical regions across the world and tend to grow in wooded areas. Desert Cacti are more popularly grown indoors and have spines, scales, or hairs growing in the shapes of balls, obelisks, and paddles. Both Desert and Forest Cacti are slow-growing and bloom beautiful little flowers. Here are some recommended varieties of Forest and Desert Cacti to grow: ‘Queen of the Night’, ‘Christmas Cactus’, ‘Candelilla’, ‘The Golden Barrel Cactus’, ‘Old Man Cactus’, ‘The Creeping Devil Cactus’, ‘The Elephant Cactus’, ‘Night Blooming Cereus’, and ‘Crown of Thorns’.
Growing, Caring And Watering
Growing Desert Cacti isn’t difficult, although some varieties of Desert Cacti will only bloom after 3-4 years and some won’t bloom indoors. Strong light is one of the most important things required for a Cactus to thrive indoors. Cacti will happily grow in indoor temperatures between 70-80F(21-26C) and light if put on a window seal. During the summer move the Cactus outdoors, and during Autumn, Winter, and Spring move the Cactus back indoors. Cacti also prefer cooler temperatures during the winter that reach between 50-70F(10-21C)
Pot Desert and Forest Cacti in fast-draining Cacti mix, or use regular inorganic soil with sand or perlite to also increase drainage. Due to Cacti being a slow-growing plant it won’t need to be repotted often and many Cacti bloom better when they are slightly under-potted.
During Spring and Summer, when the Cacti is blooming, water Desert Cacti when the soil starts drying out. When watering make sure the Cacti are well-watered and during Winter cease watering unless the Cacti starts to shrivel. Water Forest Cactus like a normal household plant summer and when buds start showing, water when the soil is dry.
Fertilizer is optional, but if you want faster results, use a cacti fertilizer during the growing season. Cacti also don’t require pruning unless to cut off dead or damaged growth. When repotting your Cacti, using gloves, take out the Cacti and loosen the roots. Pot your Cactus in a new, slightly bigger pot and fill it with well-draining soil.
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