Cacti house plants are popular among first time and experience plant parents and make for some of the best plants for indoors. There are three types of cacti- primitives, desert, and epiphyte. All have adapted to withstand the harsh conditions of extreme heat and dryness.

Primitive Cacti

From the primitives category of cacti, only Pereskia is usually house grown, and it demands additional effort from the owner in regards to pruning and constant care. In contrast to most indoor plants, primitives do not hibernate in winter and should be watered and must also be supported during this period.

Desert Cacti

Desert cacti includes a variety of common cactus house plants. This large and diverse cacti family lacks leaves and presents with thick stems and spines. Beyond those common features, there’s a wide range of appearances for the desert cacti, beginning from the size of spines and ending with the blooming cycles.

There are particular cactus house plants that display thick needles and excessive stems. Some examples include the Golden Barrel Cactus, African Milk Tree, and Cereus. Other cacti in this family are quite small and appear less intense, such as the Echinopsis and Bishop’s Cap. Regarding blooming cacti, Gymnocalycium and Aylostera generally manifest small flowers with bright sunlight and nutritional support.

Epiphytes Cacti

Epiphytes, the third type of cacti plants, are drastically different from the previously mentioned groups. Having evolved to live in trees, these cacti have thin stems and almost no spines, which means that in a house setting you’ll need to water these plants more and use more potting soil.

Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus, and Angel Wings are all suitable to grow inside as house plants. These varieties are dormant during the winter months and require less water and fertilizer during this time.