The Indoor Gardener: Crazy for Cacti

Cacti are for Southwestern locales. You can develop these prickly succulents everywhere that has plenty of sunshine and maintains a temperature of at least 65 degrees, making them a good candidate for a houseplant. Besides full sunlight, cacti like to grow in areas where the humidity is reduced.

As they hail from the desert, cacti don’t need much water : Give them only when they have completely dried out, and do so sparingly when you do. While cacti are tough to kill, overwatering is a certain method to do just that.

Cacti can mesh well with all sorts of interiors, from country-cute houses to supersleek high end flats. They also are available in many sizes and shapes, from a tiny specimen to Carnegiea gigantea, a sizable, tree-sized species. Here are nine photographs of cacti to inspire you to bring these spiky plants to your backyard.

VivaTerra

Vintage Cactus Garden – $45

VivaTerra sells this mini cactus garden already planted in a white ceramic urn. Even the succulents that are tiny could make a lovely alternative to a bouquet as a hostess gift.

Kailey J. Flynn Photography

An unusual draping cactus adds to the diverse mix within this modern living room. Its flesh is similar to that of this classic cafe sign supporting it.

Julie Smith

A globular cacti sits on the left of a leafy houseplant within this West Coast sunroom, proving that there’s no reason not to combine cacti with deciduous plants.

Elad Gonen

A pair of cacti flank this unique antique table. The cacti echo the space’s Southwestern d├ęcor without feeling such as stage props.

Studio Marcelo Brito

A tall cacti accents the corner of the sophisticated living area by Marcelo Brito Interiors. It is a welcome touch of lifestyle in a room full of neutral tones.

Tip: Wipe pests off cacti using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Natalie Blake

A pair of big cacti grow from the corner of the bright room. Stretching greater than the doorframe, these impressive specimens have definitely had many years to reach these heights.

Architectural Pottery

Walnut Wooden Stand – $190

A midcentury-style planter using a wooden stand is an elegant way to display a tall cactus. Here a coating of gray rocks covers the dirt — a simple way to give your planted cacti a more polished appearance.

Design West

Here three modern planters are full of pen cacti. These tall, slender plants are a modern approach to bring a little greenery to an interior.

Modern Outdoor Planters – $72

A tiny prickly plant rests within this mod wall planter. The pot features holes for a powder-coated finish suitable for both inside and out.

More:
See How to Grow Cacti in Glass

The Succulence of Succulents

Drought-Tolerant Landscapes

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