Top Five List of Cacti for Indoors

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Cactus in trendy cement planter on a windowsill

Bringing a bit of the desert’s rugged charm into your home? Cacti are the way to go! These spiky wonders are not just about their tough looks; they’re incredibly forgiving for those who might not have a green thumb. Here are some of the best cacti varieties that can thrive indoors and add an exotic touch to your space.

Top Indoor Cactus Choices

  1. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii): A far cry from the typical spiky cactus, it has segmented leaves and beautiful flowers. It prefers a bit more water than your average cactus and thrives in indirect light.
  2. Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii): This round, ribbed cactus is a classic. It’s slow-growing and can handle being a bit neglected. Just give it plenty of sunlight and sparse watering.
  3. Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia microdasys): Named for its bunny ear-shaped pads, this cactus is a charmer. It’s less prickly than others but still handle with care. Bright light and moderate watering in summer, less in winter, will keep it happy.
  4. Star Cactus (Astrophytum asterias): This small, dome-shaped cactus is perfect for windowsills. It has a star-like appearance and occasionally blooms. Like others, it loves sunlight and minimal water.
  5. Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria): These are compact and often produce vibrant flowers. They’re ideal for smaller spaces and don’t demand much: just some sun and occasional watering.
Thanksgiving cactus Schlumbergera truncata crab cactus plants on windowsill blossoming in winter
Crab cactus or Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)
Cactus ball echinocactus grusonii in garden. Succulent golden barrel cactus close up
Golden Barrel (Echinocactus grusonii)
House plants on the table
Bunny ear cactus (Opuntia microdasys)
Cactus flower Astrophytum asterias. Small cactus collection succulent plant in mini pots.
Star Cactus (Astrophytum asterias)
Mammillaria dioica in bloom
Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria)

Caring for Indoor Cacti

  • Sunlight: Most cacti love sun, so a south-facing window is ideal. If your space doesn’t get a lot of natural light, consider a grow light.
  • Watering: The golden rule is less is more. Overwatering is the main killer of indoor cacti. Let the soil dry out completely between waterings.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining cactus mix. Good drainage is crucial to prevent root rot.
  • Temperature: Most cacti prefer warmer temperatures but can tolerate a range as long as it’s not too drastic.

A Personal Tip

Remember, each cactus has its personality and needs. I once had a Bunny Ear Cactus that thrived on my sunny dining room table. It became a conversation starter due to its unique shape and the way it added life to my culinary corner. It ended up outgrowing the table, so now it sits happliy (in a larger pot) on the full-sun balcony. It’s more like a colony of rabbit ears now haha


Cacti are the perfect indoor plants for adding a touch of low-maintenance greenery to your home. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or new to plant parenting, there’s a cactus out there that will fit perfectly into your indoor oasis. Just remember, sunlight, minimal water, and a love for the unique are all you need to start your indoor cactus journey. Get onto them for that Rockstar or Palm Springs interior vibe!

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