Top 10 Indoor Cactus Plants and How to Grow Them – Guest post by Lucy, founder of

Cactus plants, also known as succulent plants, are water storing plants. They are thick, fleshy, and juicy as they store water in their leaves, stems, and roots. You can use them either to decorate your garden or as indoor plants.

Cactus plants come in diverse forms and colors. Some types of are rounded, needle-like, or berry-like while others are spiky and ruffled. They may come in a variety of colors: red, pink, white, yellow, blue-green, burgundy, variegated, chartreuse, among other color variations.


cactus plants

Some are 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 any environment. Thanks to their water-storing tissues, they are able to survive even in hot and dry environments. While cactus plants naturally grow in warm, dry, and humid places with direct lighting, 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 (euphorbia milii)

Crown of thorns blooms beautifully in the sun

Crown of thorns blooms beautifully in the sun.

Crown of thorns are very popular cactus plants. They can bloom all year if they are given enough light. Crown of thorns have long, spoon-shaped leaves at the ends of their spiky branches. The flowers they grow may come in red, salmon, and yellow.

How to Grow:

When your plant blooms, allow the topsoil to dry.

You can let the soil get dry at some areas, but not the entire pot of the plant. If this happens, your plant will lose its leaves. It will grow new leaves back within a few weeks, though.

  1. Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria)

Pincushion cactus is a ball-shaped, spiky plant. With full sun, it forms clumps and grows flowers.

How to Grow:

Let the soil dry out before watering. Put the plant in a sunny location where it can receive maximum lighting.

  1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

jade plant

Jade plant is one of the easiest plants to grow

The Jade cactus plant is a common favorite among gardeners as it is very easy to grow. It has thick stems and red spotted leaves.

How to Grow:

Do not water a Jade plant until its soil is completely dry or until its leaves start puckering. This is because Jade plants commonly die because of overwatering.

  1. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

snake plant

Snake plants look just like green snakes

As their name suggests, snake plants look just like snakes. They have long, pointed leaves that grow patterns like those of snake’s skin.

How to Grow:

Let the snake plant’s soil get slightly dry before watering. This is because overwatering can cause its leaves and crowns to rot.

  1. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Ponytail palms look like palm trees. Its water store is located in the swollen, bulbous base of its trunk.

How to Grow:

Ponytail palms must not be often watered. However, you should let the soil dry slightly out before watering.

  1. Medicine Plant (Aloe Vera)

medicine plant (aloe vera)

Medicine cactus plant is a great medicine and a superb decorative plant

Medicine plants, more commonly known as Aloe Vera, are cactus plants that have been used as a medicine for centuries now. They are also used as indoor plants, but they must be placed in a place where everybody can be safe from their sharp “teeth”.

How to Grow:

Don’t allow the plant to have direct contact with water. You must let the soil dry out before soaking. Place it in direct sunlight all the time.

  1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

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.

  1. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

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 dry. During winter, provide a small amount of water to keep the soil from completely drying out.

  1. Hens-and-Chicks (Sempervivum tectorumor Echeveria elegans)

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 neither. Too much water will also drown and kill the plant.

Cactus plants are excellent addition to add life to your home interior.

cactus plants

Cactus plants are excellent addition to add life to your home interior

  1. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera xbuckleyi)

Christmas cactus is one of the most beautiful cactus plants on this list. With proper care, 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. When budding, pay more attention to the health of the plant as even a slight dehydration or overwatering can cause the buds to drop.


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