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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 Indoor Cactus Plants And How To Grow Them

Cactus plants may come in different forms, colors, and distinctiveness.

Cactus plants, also known as succulent plants, are water storage plants. These kinds of plants are thick, fleshy, and juicy as they store water in their leaves, stems, or roots. While they look great in the garden, there are some diverse groups of cactus that look good inside the house as indoor plants.
Cactus plants come in diverse forms and colors. Some types of cactus plants are rounded, needle-like, and berry-like while others are spiky and ruffled. Colors may be red, pink, white, yellow, blue-green, burgundy, variegated, chartreuse, and more. 
WHAT ABOUT INDOOR CACTUS PLANTS?
Some cactus plants have round and ruffled while others have needle-like spikes.
Indoor cactus plants make great decorations inside the house. Growing cactus plants is very easy as they adapt to the environment. Their water-storage tissues allow them to adapt and change accordingly so that they are able to survive in the environment, especially in hot, dry places. While cactus plants naturally grow in warm, dry, and humid places with direct light, they can adapt to places with low light.
In this article, we will talk about 10 of the most common indoor cactus plants for your home:
1.      Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Crown of thorns blooms beautifully with the heat of the sun.
Crown of thorns are very popular in Madagascar. They can bloom all year if they are given enough light. Crown of thorns have long, spoon-shape leaves that appear at the ends of its spiky branches. The flowers they grow may come in red, salmon, and yellow colors of bracts.
How to Grow:
When your plant blooms, allow the top inch of the soil to dry. When it doesn’t, you must make sure the top half of the soil is dry before watering.
You can let the soil get dry at some parts, but do not let the entire pot of the plant to dry out. If this happens, your plant will lose its leaves. It will grow new leaves back within a few weeks, though.
2.      Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria)

Mammillaria is commonly known as Pincushion Cactus.

Pincushion cactus is ball-shaped, spiky plant. With full sun, they can form clumps and can grow flowers.
Hot to Grow:
Let the soil dry out before watering. Put it in a place where it can receive the highest possible light.
3.      Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade plant is one of the easiest plants to grow.
Jade cactus plant is a common favorite among gardeners as it is very easy to grow. It has thick stems and leaves with red spots.
Hot to Grow:
Only water a Jade plant when its soil is completely dry or when its leaves begin to pucker. This is because Jade plants commonly die because of overwatering.
4.      Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Snake plants are also known as mother-in-law’s tongue. 
A snake plant, as what it is called, is a cactus plant that looks like a snake. They have long, pointed leaves that grow with patterned markings of a snake.
How to Grow:
Let a snake plant’s soil get slightly dry out before watering. This is because overwatering can cause its leaves and crowns to rot.
 5.      Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Ponytail palm plants have long and narrow leaves that curve downwards like a ponytail.
Ponytail palms look like palm trees. Its water storage is the swollen, bulbous base of its trunk.
 How to Grow:
Ponytail palms must not be often watered. However, you should let the soil dry out slightly first before watering.
6.      Medicine Plant (Aloe Vera)
Medicine cactus plant is a great medicine and decorative plant.
Medicine plant, more commonly known as Aloe Vera, is a cactus plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. They are common indoor cactus plants at home, but they must be placed in a place where everybody can be safe from its sharp “teeth”.
How to Grow:
Don’t allow the plant to have direct contact with water. You must let the soil dry before soaking. Place it in direct sunlight all the time.
7.      Burro's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Burro’s tail is yet another indoor plant that is easy to grow and propagate.
Burro’s Tail plant looks great as a hanging plant. Its gray-green or gray-blue leaves can grow up to 3ft long.
How to Grow:
Just like most of the cactus plants, Burro’s Tail must have slightly dry soil before you water it. Also, fertilize once every summer.
8.      Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
Panda plant looks very attractive with its unique, stunning color.
Panda plant is among the most common indoor cactus plants in Madagascar. Panda plants look adorable with thick green leaves, soft silver hairs, and rust-color tips.
How to Grow:
Before watering, let the top two inches of the soil to dry. During winter, shower a small amount of water to keep the soil from completely drying out.
9.      Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum or Echeveria elegans)
Hens-and-Chicks are unusual looking cactus which can survive in semi-desert soil type.
Hens-and-chicks plants are flat, flower-like round rosettes. They grow smooth, bell-shape blooms every year.
How to Grow:
The secret to growing Hens-and-chicks is to constantly check its soil moisture. They do not live long if the soil is too dry, but never water it too much as well. Too much water will also drown and kill the plant.
10.  Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
Christmas cactus have pink and red blossoms and is a winter-blooming plant.
Christmas cactus is one of the most beautiful cactus plants on this list. With good health, it can grow an abundant amount of stem, leaves, and flowers that, together, look very attractive.
How to Grow:
Before watering, allow the top two inches of the soil to dry. During winter, keep it dry without watering. When budding, pay more attention to the health of the plant as even a slight dehydration or overwatering can cause the buds to drop.
Cactus plants are excellent addition to add life to your home interior.

Have you tried growing at least one of these indoor cactus plants? Share your thoughts below! Thank you for reading!

This guest post is written by Lucy M. Clark
Hi there! I’m Lucy - founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.


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