If you’ve been feeling the call to make like Joanna Gaines and embrace your inner “crazy plant lady,” an indoor cactus or succulent garden is a great place to start. Did you know all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti? All succulents store water in their stem or foliage, but cacti also feature areoles, the little bumps on the outside of the plant that the spines grow from. With the proper care, these desert-native plants can be just as happy growing on a shelf inside your home. A cactus requires little care—it can even tolerate some neglect as some types only need to be watered every two to three months. They can live for decades, so even the black-thumbed among us can find success. Our list of best cactus garden tips answers all of your questions on soil, containers, and watering. Cacti come in all shapes and sizes, and some even boast brightly colored flowers. Ready to up your houseplant game with some less-prickly selections? Branch out with these choices.
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