The best way to start keeping a garden is to create an indoor cactus garden. Cacti, like all succulents, need very little care and can grow by themselves most of the time. However, they still need care; plus, they are great for decorating your indoor space using creative ideas and little effort.
Most Common Succulents Types For A Cactus Garden Indoor
The cacti that are best for a cactus garden indoor are usually small and less spiny. For large ones, we have a separate article. The most common ones are:
- Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis/Disocactus flagelliformis) – Characterized by long tubular stems growing in clusters, it produces purple blooms in spring and grows very fast.
- Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) – Growing tall and branching in the wild, it stays at a small, manageable size in indoor cactus gardens and produces clusters of flowers at the tips of the plant.
- African Milk Tree (Euphorbia trigona) – This plant grows to quite a height and has tall, rugged, and branched stems with small purple leaves.
- Angel Wings Cactus (Opuntia albispina) – They form branched clusters of small, thick pads covered in hairy spines, blooming yellow flowers in spring.
- Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria polyedra) – It grows in small, solitary globes in cactus gardens indoors and later produces small purple flowers in spirals.
- Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) – One of the commonest plants seen growing in indoor cactus gardens, it consists of spiny pads growing in branches.
- Peanut Cactus (Chamaecereus silvestrii/Echinopsis chamaecereus) – Usually growing in clusters of finger-like stems, it blooms bright orange-red flowers in spring.
- Bishop’s Cap (Astrophytum ornatum) – Also known as the monk’s hood cactus, its stem forms deep vertical ridges, starting as spheres and later growing taller and developing white marks, producing yellow-white flowers at the tip.
- Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) – It is a hybrid, epiphytic cactus with stems that look like a string of succulent leaves with purple flowers at the tips.
- Orchid Cactus (Epiphyllum hybrids/Phyllocactus) – Alternatively called the climbing cactus and leaf cactus, it forms large bright-colored flowers at the tips of long, flat, rugged-edged stems.
Indoor Cactus Garden Ideas
There is no dearth of ideas you can implement for cacti to grow in pots inside rooms without reaching too great a size. Thus, there are several indoor cactus garden ideas that you can use for decorating your home. Since cacti live for years without much fussing and caring is pretty normal, you can implement permanent design ideas with them.
Some of the best indoor cactus garden ideas are:
Hanging Garden – The idea here is to suspend small pots from chains or strings and hold the cacti in them. You can even layer them at different heights for a better look.
Terrarium – Use a glass or other transparent container and mix and match different cacti inside to create a small terrarium. This is one of the simplest garden ideas you can implement.
Mini Atrium – If your room has a skylight, we have an idea, you can create an organic atrium under it using a large and deep tray and planting a mix of large and small cacti.
Wall/Vertical Garden – In this case idea is to install a vertical trellis on a suitable wall or even as a standalone installation with sufficient back support and intersperse with cactus pots.
Windowsill Planters – Here, the idea is to place cacti in rows in a long tray, made of wood or other material and place it at your window.
Air Garden – If you have the equipment, here is a crazy idea for you! You can create an air cactus garden indoors, especially with the cactus garden indoors that grows long, loose stems and flowers.
Landscape Garden – A great idea to add some extra zing to your indoor cactus garden is by decorating it with mini-show pieces to create an aesthetic.
Modern Statement Garden – If you want to have a creative idea at the place, you can use glass bottles, bulbs, wicker baskets, utensils, and any other recycled scrap material to create modern abstract indoor cactus gardens.
Cactus Wreath – This is one of the more complex designs among indoor cactus garden ideas here. The idea is to create a scaffold that doubles as the pot. You need to create a circular tubular metal frame, stuff a mix of moss and cactus potting soil, plant the cacti, and you are good to go.
Zen Garden – You can do this with a short, wide pot. Fill it with rocks and pebbles in a suitable design like a normal mini-Zen garden and dot with small cacti pots.
Growing And Caring For Indoor Cactus Garden
The best way to grow a cactus garden indoor fast is to use stem cuttings as seeds take too long to germinate. The most important criterion for growing an indoor cactus garden is to use loose soil, preferably special cactus potting soil, in a pot with good drainage.
You can use equal portions of horticultural sand, cactus compost, and grit. They require much less watering than other plants. They should only be watered if you notice that the soil has dried out. This is usually more frequent in summer than winter.
Cacti need at least six hours of direct sunlight in all seasons. The idea of shifting them outdoors in summer and bring them to a cool spot in winter is great for them. A dry, airy room is best for their growth. Always check for and remove pests like mealybugs, aphids, red spider mites, thrips, and scale insects.