Cactus

Overall, cacti are easy and perfect for beginners. Cacti are found in desert climates enabling them to go weeks between watering. This makes them on of the most low maintenance houseplants. Some common varieties of cacti are Christmas, Angel Wings, Angel Wings, The Golden Barrel, Rat Tail, and African Milk Tree. 

 

CACTUS VARIETIES:

Christmas Cactus 

In comparing how prickly the cacti family is, the Christmas cactus is nearly smooth. When they flower they put on display beautiful red and pink petals during the cooler winter months. 

Light: Filtered / Diffused 

Water: Regularly with ensuring the soil is fully dry between waterings 

 

Angel Wings Opunta albispina

Angel Wings are a member of the prickly pear family. Their "pricks" are more hair like than spine spine like, but don't be fooled because they will stick in your skin! This cactus can produce light yellow flowers that can turn into edible fruits. 

Light: Full / Bright Light 

Water: Prefers occasional moisten soil 

 

The Golden Barrel Ferocactus

Unlike the Angel Wings, The Golden Barrel has long, sharp spines that cover the cacti in clusters the line the plant in rows. The name fits perfectly due to its round, barrel-like shape. 

Light: Partial / Full Light 

Water: Soil needs to completely dry out between waterings 

 

Rat Tail Aporocactus flagelliformis

If you want to see fast growth, this is the cactus to go with. It is suggested to place this cactus in a hanging pot near a window to allow its downward stems to grow. The Rat Trail cactus also can produce a bright pink flower under the correct light and watering. 

Light: Direct / Full Light 

Water: Regularly with ensuring the soil is fully dry between waterings 

 

African Milk Tree Euphorbia trigona

The most common, Rubra varity, African Milk Tree has unique, beautiful reddish-purple leaves that it puts on display between the thorns. This cactus can grow up to 4 feet indoors. 

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade 

Water: About once every other week 

 

Three cacti in a pot

Easy Care Facts:

Repotting:

Due to their desert origins, Cacti have shallow and fine root systems; which makes them extra fragile. When handling cacti it is suggested to use gloves, tongs, and/or wrap the plant to ensure you don't get a finger full of spines! 

Lighting:

Some varieties can tolerate different amounts of bright indirect light, but to be safe ensure you cacti are in as much sunlight as it can possible get; especially during their growing season from early spring and into late fall. 

Water:

When you water your cactus, they take the water they need and store it. Therefore, there is a need for good soil that drains well so that it can drain the excess water. This will prevent root rot and fungal infections. Your cacti is ready for water when it begins to wrinkle. Water with filtered, lukewarm water until you see the water drain through the bottom of the pot. If on a plate/saucer, empty any excess water that ran through to make sure your cacti is not sitting in standing water. 

Soil Recipe:

Cactus soil mix is designed to allow the soil to drain excess water the plant does not need. You have the option of purchasing the mix at a local nursery, or making one on your own with the right combination of drainage substance. 

Humidity:

Your cactus requires no additional humidity, and will thrive in dry environments.

Temperature:

Keep the room temperature between 55-90 degrees. 

Toxicity:

Non-toxic to pets and people. But the spines and thorns might be something to watch out for!