8 Best Indoor Cacti You Need to Have

Best indoor cacti

Mini succulents and other conventional houseplants are in for a big competition. Cacti décor designs are springing up from every corner of the internet and boy, don’t they just look gorgeous!

Taming these desert survivors may seem hard, but not to cacti connoisseurs. Nothing beats the unique rustic look exuded by cacti. With their spiny texture and varied shapes, you’d be forgiven to think they’re living sculptures.

And no, they don’t need to be watched closely. Cacti actually thrive on neglect. (Yes, deprive them and they’ll still grow). Love them too much and you’ll soon be burying lots of them.

This is good news to beginner gardeners, busy plant lovers or brown thumbs who are looking for some bragging rights. Whichever category you fall into, cacti got you covered, talk about independence! If you’re a brown thumb, be sure to join our Succulent Plant Lounge, a lot of the members here converse and help each other out, it’s a great community to be in for succulents.

Sold on getting one of these alien-looking plants for your living room? Picking just any variety for your indoor needs may not be a good idea. Certain cacti varieties are just not meant to be tamed. Be that as it may, there are cacti species that thrive indoors and may even reward you with spectacular blooms.

Ready to explore? Let’s do this!

Bishop’s Cap— Astrophytum Myriostigma

Bishop’s Cap Astrophytum Myriostigma

Native to the Chihuahuan desert of Mexico, the Bishop’s Cap cacti is the most popular species in the genus Astrophytum. Its appearance resembles a star-shaped globe with equally divided segments. This hardy plant is usually green in color while young but as it matures, it’s covered by a grayish coating of fine scales to protect it from sunburn.

Tiny spines are lined on the ribs that separate the plant’s segments giving it a distinctive look. Take good care of it and it’ll give you brilliant yellow blooms during spring. Feeding it some fertilizer from time to time will do just that, any highly rated fertilizer for cacti like this will work just fine.

These dainty flowers appear at the center top of the plant where the ridges that separate the different segments converge.

Also known as the Monk’s Hood, taking care of the Bishop’s Cap is an easy ride. They can thrive in light shade but require sunlight for at least three hours a day. They can do well in a window sill on a south or west-facing window. Subject them to plenty of sun if you want to see the blooms.

We think a great window sill planter like this modern white one will look wonderful with the Bishop’s Cap cactus.

Astrophytum myriostigma prefers quick-draining soil so avoid your regular gardening mix. Water infrequently as too much water will lead to an early grave. You may feed them diluted fertilizer once a month during their growing season. Propagation is mainly done through seeds.

Barrel Cactus— Ferrocactus Species

Barrel Cactus Ferrocactus Species

Arrayed with ferocious spines, this quirky cactus makes a perfect complement to your existing interiorscape. As the name suggests, the barrel cactus is spherical with long spines on its ribs. The spikes act as protection to the juicy, edible pulp located on the inside.

The barrel cactus has a long life span and may live for a couple of decades. Its size varies depending on the species. Some are squat while others may be as tall as 10 feet. (Now that’s one tall and spiky plant!)

This cactus is a true sun lover and prefers full sun for a few hours a day. Setting it beside a large uncovered window will ensure it gets plenty of sun for optimum growth. Water sparingly, and do so after the soil has completely dried out. Use commercial cacti mix to prevent damp soil-related problems like root rot and fungi.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to handle the barrel cactus with your bare hands, don’t. Be safe with cut resistant gloves so that the sharp spines won’t make a dent in your flesh.

Old Lady Cactus— Mammilaria Hahniana

Old Lady Cactus Mammilaria Hahniana

Native to the Guanajuato state of Mexico, this cactus is tall growing reaching a height of 10 inches. Mammilaria hahniana is commonly referred to as the old lady cactus due to its white hair covering on the entire plant. The white hairs and spine also serve to protect the plant from the intense sun.

The old lady cactus blooms in spring and summer producing attractive purple flowers that may even grow in a ring on the plant’s apex.

Use well-draining cacti mix while potting this plant as they hate sitting in damp soil. Water once a week during the hot season and once a month during winter. Mammilaria hahniana will readily bloom in bright sunlight.

Learn more about this succulent here!

Angel Wings Cactus— Opuntia Albispina

Angel Wings Cactus Opuntia Albispina

Also known as bunny ears, the angel wings cactus is a desert denizen, highly adapted to small amounts of water and extensive heat. It has a striking appearance with its flat pads endowed with glochids –a fancy term for the white prickles you see on its surface.

Unlike most cacti, it lacks spines as these are replaced with clusters of hair on the surface of the pads. Careful though, these glochids can still injure you so take care while handling it.

Opuntia albispina is a summer bloomer producing creamy yellow flowers with globular edible fruits that are purple in color. Provide it with lots of light, quick-draining soil, and infrequent watering and you’ll have one happy angel wing cactus.

Christmas Cactus— Schlumbergera Bridgessii

Christmas Cactus— Schlumbergera Bridgessii

Well, if you can’t pronounce the complex scientific name, don’t worry. You can also call it the thanksgiving cactus. Unlike most cacti, the Christmas cactus is spineless, characterized by its serrated green leaves.

This Brazilian cactus blooms in winter, producing showy tubular flowers in shades of purple, pink, red, and pink.

Keep your Christmas cactus in shaded light with a few hours in direct bright sunlight. Exposing this attractive indoor cactus in the hot sun will lead to sunburn. This plant is native to the tropical forests of Brazil and so it needs more water than other cacti. Thus, water frequently during its growing seasons but be careful to let the water drain out. If you’re wondering, propagation is also possible via cuttings.

Learn more about the beautiful Christmas cactus here.

Saguaro Cactus— Carnegiea Gigantean

Saguaro Cactus— Carnegiea Gigantean

Native to the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, the Saguaro cactus is a slow-growing and long-lived plant that can live up to two centuries. Its scientific name, Carnegiea Gigantean means gigantic candle. And quite rightly so! This cactus can grow up to 40 feet in height.

Saguaros are barrel-shaped with water storing capacity in the external pleats. It is hard on blooming and may take over 35 years for flowers to appear.

Carnegiea prefers bright sunlight. Water only once a month and cut back on watering during winter and other cool seasons. Let the soil be grainy and quickly draining for optimum growth.

Rat Tail Cactus— Aporocactus Flagelliformis

Rat Tail Cactus— Aporocactus Flagelliformis

Can you throw a guess of the native home of this beauty? That’s right! The magnificent Mexico –home to almost all cacti.

If rats annoy you, well hopefully not this quirky rat tail cactus. With its trailing stems covered with fine spines, it’s definitely the perfect plant to set up on a hanging basket. The rat tail cactus thrives on bright sunlight and if everything goes well, they may bloom in spring bringing forth spectacular pink flowers.

Water as you would any cactus, making sure not to overwater the plant. A well-draining commercial cacti mix is recommended to prevent root rot. You can share the rat tail cactus with friends through cuttings. More the merrier! If you have some to give away, why not lend some to our members at Succulent Plant Lounge?

Be sure to check out “The Rat Tail Cactus: Everything You Need To Know

Star Cactus— Astrophytum Asteria

Star Cactus Astrophytum Asteria

It’s a short, plump and round plant with approximately eight ribs each arrayed with woolly areoles. Also known as the sand dollar cactus or sea urchin cactus, Astrophytum asteria is generally green in color covered with decorative white dots.

When conditions are right, the star cactus blooms during spring, producing alluring yellow flowers having orange shades at the center. The fruits are pink, gray, or reddish, with woolly hair covering them.

Taking care of Astrophytum asteria is quite a breeze. Use grainy cacti mix that’s well-draining and water them twice a month. Ensure the soil dries out completely before in between watering. These sun lovers prefer bright light so get them the south or west-facing window for healthy growth.

If you’re looking for a more in-depth guide of this fantastic cactus, check this out!


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5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had at Work

5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had for Work

Let’s face it—most offices are pretty drab. Boring white walls, harsh fluorescent lighting, and cubicles are fixtures in many offices, and they don’t make for the most inspiring work environment!

Don’t you want to be creatively inspired by the environment around you? We sure do!

Luckily, there’s a way to spice up your cubicle—office succulents! There are plenty of indoor succulents that are small enough to be grown on your desk, and today we’re going to give you a big list of them.

Here are five office succulents that will brighten up your workspace and help you get through the work week!


succulents you wish you had for work

Aloe Vera

Aloe plants have long, pointy green leaves, and are known throughout the world for their healing properties. The gel inside is great for soothing sunburns and has been used to treat all kinds of skin conditions for centuries. Many people keep Aloe gel on hand for their medicine cabinet. Rumor has it that it was even part of Cleopatra’s daily skincare routine!

Regular Aloe plants grow slowly indoors and don’t get to be too large, but you may still want to get a dwarf variety like Aloe descoingsii or haworthioides. They make great office succulents because they don’t get to be more than a few inches tall or wide.

Aloe plants do pretty well indoors as long as they get enough sunlight. If you have a reasonably bright office, your plant should be just fine! But watch out for signs that it’s not getting enough light like droopy leaves that grow downwards instead of upwards.

If this happens to your plant, you may have to set up some artificial lights at your desk. Bringing a grow light into the office isn’t too extra, right?

Are you loving the Aloe Vera plant info? Check out this Spiral Aloe Polyphylla!

succulents you wish you had for work
spirling aloe… the best kind of aloe @succulentcity

Christmas Cactus—Schlumbergera

The Christmas Cactus is known for its bright, beautiful blooms. They flower right around Christmas, which is how they got their name. Their flowers may be red, pink, orange, purple, or cream.

Surprisingly, the Christmas Cactus is native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, not the desert! It grows on trees branches in the canopy and loves the humidity of the rainforest.

You probably don’t have a tree growing in the middle of your office, so you can plant your cactus in regular container soil and it’ll do just fine! Just remember to water it more often than you water your other cacti, because it likes a more humid environment. Once a week should be enough, but watch your plant for signs of dehydration like limpness. Here’s a perfect- sized watering bottle we found that’ll fit right in your desk drawer!

As far as light requirements go, this cactus doesn’t need much, which is why it’s a perfect office succulent. It likes partial shade better than bright sunlight, so it should do well on your desk even if it isn’t near a window. Learn more about the Christmas Cactus here!

succulents you wish you had for work
pink Christmas cactus @fishnsucculentz

Jade Plant—Crassula Ovata

Jade plants are said to bring good luck and prosperity, so they’re a great plant to keep on your desk! They’re known as the dollar plant and are often kept near the entrances of offices, restaurants, and shops in China to attract customers and profits.

Jade plants are the best office succulents not only because they bring good fortune, but also because they do well in low light conditions and stay small, especially if you prune them. They don’t take up too much space and you won’t have to haul a grow light into your office to keep them healthy… score!

They’re super pretty, too, which is a bonus! Take a look at our Jade Plant article here for more photos and an in-depth guide on caring for these beautiful plants. They look like tiny trees because they have woody stems and glossy green leaves. Some Jade plants have round leaves and others like the ‘Gollum’ variety have beautiful tubular leaves. Any variety would look adorable sitting on your desk, especially if you plant it in a cute planter like this one!

succulents you wish you had for work
beautiful close up of a Jade @mygreenheart73

Snake Plant—Sansevieria Trifasciata

Is your office kinda stuffy? If it doesn’t have great air quality and circulation, you may want to think about getting a snake plant.

Snake plants remove harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. Really? Yes, really!

Your office probably has some of these and other toxic chemicals floating around in the air—they’re found in everything from aerosol sprays, like Lysol, and cleaning products to carpets and flooring.

The good news is that snake plants are very effective at removing these toxins. NASA put it on a list of the best air-purifying plants, so you’ll be safe from harmful chemicals as long as this plant is on your desk!

We couldn’t resist, so here’s our 

Snake plants are beautiful, so you won’t mind them being there on your desk one bit, especially in a trendy planter like one of these 12! They have gorgeous green leaves that stand nice and tall. Some varieties have different colors along the edges of their leaves, which just adds to their prettiness! Check out our article devoted to the snake plant to learn proper care and to see some additional photos of this beautiful plant!

Some varieties also have a more compact growth habit, which makes them perfect office succulent plants! Try to find a Whitney or Futura Superba snake plant. They both have beautiful variegated leaves and won’t get too large for your desk. 

succulents you wish you had for work
stand tall @bayareasucculents_

Haworthia Succulents

Haworthias are the perfect office succulents because they’re so small and cute! They’ll never get to be too big for your workspace—the biggest ones are only 12 inches in diameter and a few inches tall.

We love this plant’s dark green, pointy leaves. They’re usually covered with white dots or stripes, which makes them so visually interesting, and why the Haworthia Fasciata is referenced as the Zebra Plant! Maybe we can’t keep Haworthias on our desk… we might never stop looking at them, which would really hamper our productivity! But if you believe you’re strong enough to handle it, try potting yours in this gorgeous two-toned ceramic pot!

Haworthias are pretty low maintenance, so if you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you. They do well in low light conditions and don’t need a whole lot of water, so they’re a great no-fuss plant for your workspace.

To learn more about the proper care for Haworthias, where to find them, and propagation tips, head over to our article here!

succulents you wish you had for work
gorgeous haworthia @rennyshaworthia

Gasteria Succulents

Gasteria is derived from the Latin word for stomach. This rare succulent got the name Gasteria because people think it’s shaped like a stomach! We don’t really see what they’re talking about, though.

We think that Gasteria plants look a lot more like tongues because of the shape of their leaves, so their nickname “Ox Tongue” makes a lot more sense to us!

If you can get your hands on one of these uncommon succulents, it makes a great office plant! It tolerates low light conditions and is pretty low maintenance overall. Plus, its unusual shape will probably be a great conversation starter with your coworkers!

For some more helpful hints on caring for indoor succulents, make sure you read up on this article here!

succulents you wish you had for work
little gasteria @miss_matitas

Are you concerned your office environment may or may not be ideal for succulents? We’ve shared a helpful guide for you! Head over to our article, Can Succulents Survive in My Work Environment to find out.

Those are the five best office succulents! Now that you’ve seen them, are any of them on your wishlist? Gasteria plants are on ours… we think that their asymmetrical shapes are pretty fun and cute!

Let us know which succulent was your favorite in the comments below!

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Happy planting!