When it comes to the ornamental plants with minimal care, cacti always top the list. Here are some of the Most Easy to Grow Cactus Plants in India!
Thanks to the low maintenance and less watering needs of cacti, their popularity has always been at the peak among busy gardeners. Since cacti belong to the desert places, they prefer prolonged bright light exposure with minimal watering. If you too want to grow them in your homes, then you can pick one from our list of the Most Easy to Grow Cactus Plants in India!
Check out our article on different cactus varieties here
Most Easy to Grow Cactus Plants in India
1. Christmas Cactus
Botanical Name: Schlumbergera bridgesii
Christmas cactus features green and flattened branches with serrated margins. Its vivid flowers appear in winters and the plant prefers a humid environment and bright, indirect sunlight.
Here is all you need to know about growing Christmas Cactus
2. Cholla / Cane Cactus
Botanical Name: Cylindropuntia imbricata
The cylindrical stems of cholla cacti are densely covered with stiff spines. Its spectacular blooms appear in yellow, orange, green, pink shades from April till June.
3. Moon Cactus
Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium mihanovichii
Thanks to its low chlorophyll, it bears blooms in an array of yellow, orange, red, to pink shades. This globular shaped cactus looks great in window boxes, with partial light.
4. Golden Barrel Cactus
Botanical Name: Echinocactus grusonii
Its globe-like stems are covered with vertical and yellow ribs, giving it a golden appearance from distance. This award-winning cactus flowers during summer.
5. Prickly Pear Cactus / Barbary Fig
Botanical Name: Opuntia ficus indica
Flat and broad pads of prickly pear are actually modified stems that are often confused with leaves. This ornamental cactus bears colorful flowers and fruits that find edible uses as well.
6. Star Cactus
Botanical Name: Astrophytum asterias
The dome-like star cactus speckled with tiny, white dots gives out an extraordinary visual. Its stem features eight divided sections that are not covered by spines like other cacti.
7. Saguaro Cactus
Botanical Name: Carnegiea gigantea
The classic tree-like appearance of the saguaro cactus makes it stand out of the rest. It is said to be a master of desert survival and can grow up to 40 feet tall. It grows at a very slow rate and asks negligible attention.
8. Bunny Ears Cactus
Botanical Name: Opuntia microdasys
The cactus gained this name due to its flat and oval pads that look reminiscent of bunny’s ears. The pads do not bear thorny spines, instead, develop brown-hued glochids all across.
9. Golden Rat Tail Cactus
Botanical Name: Cleistocactus winteri
The trailing stems of rat tail, cascading over the hanging basket, makes a striking statement. The stems are covered with subtle and fine spines. Its beauty elevates further with violet-red blossoms during spring.
10. Fishbone Cactus
Botanical Name: Disocactus anguliger
Flat and trailing stems of this cacti have a distinct serrated margins, giving it a fishbone like appearance. The rare pink flower emerges during night time and remains only for a day.
11. Old Lady Cactus
Botanical Name: Mammillaria hahniana
A dense covering of white and fuzzy spines, on the spherical and columnar stems, makes this cactus stand out. Pink-purple flowers twofold its beauty during spring and summers.
12. Golden Lace Cactus
Botanical Name: Mammillaria elongata
Its cylindrical stems have clusters of yellow to brown spines, giving it a netty golden hue. The spines on the stem are dotted and harmless. Its stems grow in a clumps and bear yellow-white blooms during spring.
13. White Ghost Candelabra Spurge
Botanical Name: Euphorbia lactea ‘White Ghost’
Due to the inability to produce chlorophyll, the stems of this cactus come in a milky white to gray shade rather than green. And as the name suggests, its branches are arranged in a candelabra shape.
14. Eve’s Needle Cactus
Botanical Name: Austrocylindropuntia subulata
The elongated branches of this cacti have white to gray spines. Its leaves take up an awl-like pointed shape and the plant produces cup-like flowers between mid-spring to summer.
15. Notocactus Rutilans
Botanical Name: Parodia rutilans
Rutilans is a low growing cactus in cylindrical to elongated shape carrying blue to green color. The whole stem has fine sharp spines that may vary in color.
16. Echinopsis Tubiflora
Botanical Name: Echinopsis Oxygona
The globular stem of Echinopsis is surrounded by the ribs of gray-brown spines. The beauty of the cactus enhances when a showy, white bloom appears on the stem. The flower also releases a faint sweet fragrance.