Cactus is a common plant that is mostly known for its ability to grow in dry regions. But, on the other hand, cactus has a variety of species that can be planted in homes to decorate your home environment. There are many types of cactus which can be grouped into two major categories. These are indoor and outdoor cactus.
whereas some cactus do well on the outside some door well on the inside. Indoor cactus can be used to decorate the inside of your house. They have a small size that is perfect indoors use. They include:
a) Bunny-Ears Cactus ( Opuntia microdasys)
As the name suggests, this cactus has two pads that resemble the shape of a small rabbit. It has a small shape perfect for indoor use. In the presence of adequate sunlight, bunny ears cactus can produce attractive flowers and purple fruits.
b) Chin Cactus ( Gymnocalycium)
This cactus has its origin in South America. Unlike other types, if cactus, the chin cactus is naked with no hair and spine on the flower buds. Some varieties of this cactus can be grown in the presence of sunlight while others need less sunlight.
c) Easter Cactus ( Hatiora gaertneri)
It originated in Brazil. It has beautiful pink flowers that will always make your house attractive. Easter cactus produces its flowers in two periods, early spring and at the end of the winter period.
d) Moon Cactus ( Gymnocalycium mihanovichii)
The moon cactus has different species that have a different color, sizes, and shapes. A major example of this cacti is the Tibetan cactus. It has a flower that has a different color. It has red. Yellow, orange and pink flowers. To produce more flowers, moon cacti needs a small amount of light.
e) Christmas Cactus ( Schlumbergera bridgesii)
This flower normally blooms near the end of the winter period. It is a very colorful cactus that has a beautiful red flower that can be used in holiday functions. It can survive in relatively dry regions because it does not need a lot of water. It produces flowers in the presence of more light but can also be used in low light conditions.
f) Siguro Cactus ( Carnegiea gigantea)
This is an amazing cactus that can grow to a height of up to 40 feet tall. it grows at a slow pace hence you can use it indoors for some few years then transfer it to your backyard. It works well in the presence of too much light hence should be kept near windows. The barrel-shaped body will give your living room a perfect appearance.
These can be planted on your garden or home compound to make your home welcoming. They include
a) Barrel Cactus ( Ferocactus )
It has a fine circular shape with rib-shaped arranged lines that has spiky spines. It produces colorful flowers in May and June which makes your backyard to look amazing. It has a lot of varieties the major ones being the blue barrel and fishhook cactus among others.
b) Thanksgiving Cactus ( Schlumbergera truncata)
The thanksgiving flowers mostly bloom during the period of winter and in some holidays. It does well in cool climatic conditions and needs cool temperatures to flourish perfectly.
c) Totem Pole Cactus ( Pachycereus schottii monstrousus)
This one is very tall and can grow to a height of up to 12 feet high. It does not require too much exposure to direct noon sun because it will destroy it.
d. Chola Cactus ( Cylindripuntia fuigida)
The cholla cactus has its origin in Southwest America. It has above 20 species which occur in different sizes. It produces nice orange or green flowers. It does not need plenty of water but needs enough light to thrive well.
e) Prickly Pear Cactus ( Optuntia)
It is a great choice especially if you are living in a dry area. It requires a little amount of water and produces red, yellow or purple flowers.
f) Queen of the Night ( Epiphyllum oxypetalum)
Unlike the other outdoor cactus, this one grows on top of trees. The large white flowers make it attractive. It does well is soil that has little acidic content.
The above are some of the types of cactus that can either be used indoors or outdoors. They will give your home a good and modernized appearance.