How to care for an indoor cactus

Anyone who doesn’t have a green thumb may think that growing a cactus is their best bet at a greener home, but did you know that without proper care a cactus may suffer a premature death? We’re here to make sure your cacti live a long and happy life with these easy tips.

  • If your cactus isn’t already planted, make sure you use cactus-specific soil. Cacti require quick draining soil and shouldn’t be left to sit in wet soil for prolonged periods of time. Add some rocks or pebbles to the pot for improved drainage.


  • Place your cactus in a sunny location as they generally need a few hours of sunlight each day. If your cactus starts to look yellowed or like it is slowly being bleached, it may be receiving too much sun.
  • While it is growing, water your cactus once a week if the soil feels dry – leave for a few days before watering if it feels damp still.


  • Place your cactus in an area that has a large supply of fresh air to help it thrive.


  • Re-pot your cactus once a year to give it more room to grow.


  1. Gabriella Monaghan November 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Perfect timing. My mum just got me a little one for my birthday and I said ‘do I have to water it?’ And she said no. Lol so glad I know what to do now.

  2. Jaqui Dyne November 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Cactus…a plant that even I could keep alive! Haha the only indoor plant I own is a cactus…had it for years! I must be doing something right!

  3. Sarah Blair November 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    My mother loved house plants and we always had some in our bedrooms when I was growing up. Mine were always Cacti because I would forget to water my plants and they would die, the cacti did not fare much better… maybe with these tips I might be able to keep something alive…

  4. Amanda Carr November 10, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I had a Cactus when I was younger and would love to get another with these great points to keep it alive

  5. Vikki Sainsbury November 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Cacti are cool – they look great and are easy care – I must admit that I did buy a small fake one from Kmart recently hahahaha (c’mon it actually looks really cool and realistic!). We have a very small apartment too so space is a premium, plus I have purple thumbs hehe

  6. Kym Moore October 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Yes, have had a cactus rot before from too much moisture. They are hardy, but you do still need to make sure you are looking after it!

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