When you think of house plants, cacti might not be at the top of your list. However, it’s not a bad idea to consider them for your apartment. These sunlight-loving, drought-tolerant plants can thrive in a good window or out on your balcony and create a lot of great visual interest. Cacti come in many different shapes and sizes—some of them even bloom!
Echinocactus and Ferrocactus
The barrel cactus will make a cute addition to your apartment greenery. They want as much sunlight as you can give them, so they’ll thrive in a window or on a balcony. However, they come from an arid region and require very little water. These cacti come in many different varieties, which determine the color of their long, stunning spines.
Bunny Ears Cactus
Also known as angel wings cactus, this visually interesting cactus species grows large, ovular pads that have smaller, rounder pads growing from them. They create a fascinating (and honestly very cute) form that will have everyone who sees it talking. Much like the barrel cactus, this plant will thrive in a window that gets a lot of sunlight, but it won’t require much water.
Bishop’s Cap Cactus
If you’re looking for something small and beautiful, the Bishop’s Cap is a great option. This stout plant is spherical in shape when it’s young, but grows ribs around its exterior as it ages. Not only is watching it metamorphose through the years a cool experience—it got its name from the beautiful orange and yellow flowers that bloom on top of it. This cactus prefers partial shade and very little water.
Old Lady Cactus
This quirky cactus is known as a powder puff cactus because of the white hair that covers it, making it resemble a spiny cotton ball. The white hair isn’t the only aspect of this cactus that’s adorable and visually intriguing—it also blooms a halo of purple-red flowers on top of it. Give this cactus plenty of sunlight and just a little water to allow it to thrive.
This is the most unique cactus on this list in both looks and care requirements. It received its name because it flowers in winter rather than summer, making it a cheerful addition to your home after your other plants have gone dormant. This plant wants plenty of sunlight, but it requires more water than other cactus plants and prefers lower temperatures between 60° and 70° F.
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