If you’re looking to spruce up your home’s interior decor, then adding a houseplant will definitely do the trick. But nowadays, with houseplants becoming increasingly popular, getting any old houseplant isn’t enough anymore. People often look for uncommon or exotic houseplants that are sure to impress guests when they come over. If you’re looking for a houseplant that will add that ‘wow’ factor to your house, then you should definitely consider getting large cactus plants. Not only are cacti incredibly low-maintenance, they’re also a great statement piece that will add style and taste to your house. However, unlike other types of houseplants, cacti grow slowly. As such, if you’re planning to get a large cactus, you’ll need to buy a mature plant from the get-go. Some varieties of cactus plants take as long as over 100 yeast to grow to their full size. So, to prevent disappointment, you’re better off buying a mature cactus plant.
If you’re thinking of getting a large cactus plant to add to your home, take note of these simple general care tips to ensure that your plant grows healthily.
- Do not overwater your cactus plant, more water doesn’t mean a healthier plant. One of the most common reasons cacti die is from being overwatered by over-enthusiastic plant owners. Remember, most varieties of cacti are found in the desert. So, they’re built to withstand long periods without water.
- Cactus plants require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight each day. So, if you’re thinking of keeping your cactus plant indoors, it’s best to place it near a window.
With that, let’s take a look at the types of large cactus plants that you can consider getting for your home!
Blue Myrtle Cactus
First on our list is the blue myrtle cactus or Myrtillocactus geometrizans. This species of cactus grows at a slightly faster rate than other species of cactus and has a distinct cylinder-like shape. Blue Myrtle Cacti can grow to a height of over 16 feet when they’re fully mature so you’re going to want to plan ahead if you’re thinking of getting one.
Native to the Sonoran desert, the Saguaro cactus, or Carnegiea gigantea, is a columnar cactus. Most people would recognize this species of cactus from its distinct and thick branches that are also referred to as arms. Each Saguaro cactus plant can grow as many as 50 arms and they can grow to be over 12 meters in height. Saguaro cacti grow well indoors and most people purchase mature ones as this species of cacti takes a long time to mature and grow to its full size.
Mexican Fence Post Cactus
The Mexican Fence Post Cactus, or Pachycereus Marginatus, is an absolutely gorgeous species of cacti. Unlike other cactus plants on this list that usually come in shades of emerald or lime green, the Mexican Fence Post Cactus is a stunning shade of bluish-green. This species of cactus can grow to heights of over 20 feet and also grow rather fast. So, if you wish, you may purchase a smaller and younger plant and wait for it to grow to your desired size.
This cactus plant features columnar trunks that grow slowly up to 12 feet tall. The stems have 5 to 7 ribs. It also has a central spine of about 0.4 inches and flowers that are pink to greenish in color.
A bold addition to any room, this tall, angular cactus has a yellow/green pattern as well as thorns as sharp and tough as its personality. More so, it is low maintenance and enjoys desert conditions.
With long, golden yellow spines, it is no wonder where this plant got its name from. It is native to Brazil and Paraguay. Besides that, it can grow up to 3 feet in height and will be a stunning plant addition.
Golden Barrel Cactus
The Golden Barrel Cactus, or Echinocactus grusonii, may be nicknamed mother-in-law’s cushion, but it definitely isn’t something you want to be sitting on! This cactus can grow up to three feet in both height and width and resembles a ball. Though they might not be as impressive as other species of cactus plants in terms of height, the thin and sharp spikes of this cactus plant definitely give it an edge. The Golden Barrel Cactus is an extremely slow-grower. So, unless you’re alright with having a tiny plant, you might want to consider purchasing a fully matured one.
Next we have the Candelabra Cactus, or Euhprobia ingenes. Technically, the Candelabra Cactus isn’t a cactus and falls under the succulent family. However, we still think it’s worth mentioning in this article as it’s one of the most common types of houseplants. If you’re house or apartment doesn’t have a lot of windows, or if it doesn’t receive a lot of direct sunlight, then the Candelabra Cactus is perfect for you as it doesn’t require direct sunlight.
Prickly Pear Cactus
Another common variety of cacti that people keep indoors is the Prickly Pear Cactus or Opuntia. Nurseries usually sell this type of cactus when they’re about three to seven inches in size. Though Prickly Pear Cacti don’t grow very tall in height, they can grow and spread out to be about 12 to 18 inches wide. If you want your Prickly Pear Cactus to thrive, then placing it in a location where it can receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight will be best.
An evergreen succulent with amazing texture and color, this light pink midsummer bloom will attract butterflies and pollinators no matter where you place it. It also has good drought tolerance.
At 7” x 4.5” x 2.5”, this pot is the perfect size for succulent gardening. It has a cute design, and is lightweight for you to store indoors or outdoors; depending on your preference.
Organ Pipe Cactus
As its name suggests, the Organ Pipe Cactus, or Stenocereus thurberi, resembles organ pipes. This type of cactus plant sports bright green skin and has numerous ribs and spines that line its stem. Organ Pipe Cacti can grow up to 16 feet in height but like most large cactus plants, it’ll take a while before they reach maturity. So, purchase a mature Organ Pipe Cactus if you’re looking to add a large cactus to your house.
Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus
Last but not least, we have the Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus or Pachycereus pringlei. This species of cactus plant is the largest in the world and can grow to heights of around 63 feet tall. Of course, when grown indoors, this cactus won’t grow to its full height so you don’t have to worry about having an overgrown cactus in your living room.
With this, we’ve come to the end of our list of cactus plants you should consider adding to your home. We hope that this article has provided you with some insight into the kinds of cacti you can keep indoors. Apart from being great statement pieces, cacti are also incredibly low-maintenance plants. So, if you don’t have green fingers, or don’t have time to dedicate to caring for your house plants, then cactus plants are the way to go!
|1||Pachycereus Marginatus Mexican Fence Post Cactus|
This cactus plant features columnar trunks that grow slowly up to 12 feet tall. The stems have 5 to 7 ribs. It also has pinkish flowers.
A bold addition to any room, this tall, angular cactus has a yellow/green pattern as well as thorns as sharp and tough as its personality.
|3||Golden Barrel Cactus|
With long, golden yellow spines, it is no wonder where this plant got its name from. It is native to Brazil and can grow up to 3 feet in height.
|4||Sempervivum Purple Beauty Succulent|
An evergreen succulent with amazing texture and color, this light pink midsummer bloom will attract butterflies and pollinators.
|5||Dream Girl Succulent Pot|
At 7” x 4.5” x 2.5”, this pot is the perfect size for succulent gardening. It has a cute design, and is extremely lightweight.