Types of Cactus House Plants

If you are unsure of which type of cactus house plant to buy, read on. This article will go over different types of cacti, including the Queen of the Night Cactus, the Saguaro and the Rat’s Tail type. If you are still confused, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

There are many types of cacti to choose from, and choosing the right one for your space can make all the difference in the world.

Desert Cacti and Forest Cacti

Propagating cacti from seed is a simple process that only requires a little patience. You can plant seeds from seed pods and stem cuttings at the base of the plant, and the cut ends will grow roots when placed in moist potting soil.

Once they have rooted, the offshoots are ready to plant into a pot. They grow easily from seed, so don’t wait to start a new cactus plant!

The main difference between desert cacti and forest cacti is the amount of sunlight they need to grow. Forest cacti need filtered light, while desert cacti thrive in full sun.

Plants of both species require consistent watering to survive, but don’t overwater them! Too much water will cause the stems to swell and damage the plant. When in doubt, water cacti frequently.

Queen of the Night Cactus

The best place to grow your Queen of the Night cactus is in partial shade, but not full shade. It will need only a moderate amount of water, about twice a week.

The queen of the night needs a shady spot with a temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The plant is quite thirsty during the winter months, but should tolerate these conditions in milder conditions.

Unlike most cacti, the Queen of the Night cactus needs some light to photosynthesis. Because of this, it is best to place it away from direct sunlight, although it will still need some light for the flowers to bloom.

For indoor plants, keep the temperature between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’d like to grow your Queen of the Night cactus outdoors, you can also plant it in a container.

Rat’s Tail type

The cactus that you are about to see is the Rat’s Tail type, which grows on trees. While native to the Southwest and Central America, these plants can be difficult to grow outside.

They grow best in rocky soil and in tree-like structures, so you can’t expect to find them growing wild in other parts of the world. However, you can keep them as house plants and enjoy the beauty of these gorgeous cacti for years!

To propagate the rat’s tail type cactus, plant a dried stem at least two inches long. After the stem has dried out, place it in a pot with cactus soil mix.

Plant the stem in a pot of well-draining soil. Once the new roots have emerged, you can fertilize the plant with a fertilizer every other week or so.


These succulent-like cacti are perfect for indoor living. They are drought-tolerant and need little water, but they do need a moderate amount of light and soil.

Saguaro cacti grow in lower altitudes and are not suitable for temperatures below 15 degC or frost. They should be brought indoors when the temperatures drop below 60°F.

When choosing the right soil for your Saguaro cactus, make sure that it has adequate drainage. Its tap root is incredibly sharp and grows up to 0.031 inch (1 mm) a day.

Water a Saguaro cactus sparingly during its first growing season, and make sure that it has sufficient drainage. Ideally, you should only need to water your cactus twice a month, and you should wait a couple of days between waterings.

Bishop’s cap

As one of the most unusual and beautiful plants, Bishop’s cap cactus houseplants can be a wonderful addition to any home.

This cactus plant grows from 2500 to 5000 feet above sea level and is named after the traditional headdress worn by bishops. It has five protruding ribs with white spots. Some varieties have three or ten ribs.

You can propagate these cacti through seed. The seeds are easy to collect from dried flowers and are relatively fast to germinate. You can start your own Bishop’s Cap house plant as soon as the first signs of germination appear.

The best time to plant the seeds is when the cacti are just a few inches tall, so make sure you choose a large pot. Ideally, you should plant your new Bishop’s Cap cactus in a slightly warm location with indirect light.

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