When your thumb isn’t so green, easy-to-grow cactus and other succulents become the perfect option for indoor, low-maintenance plants.
Cactus plants add texture and drama and can be used as accents or anchor plants in containers. Many succulents come in shades of green, pink, purple, gray and blue. They’re perfect for potting together or with a mix of other plants.
Cactus and other succulents store water in their stems and roots, so they grow best with a minimum of attention. Just give cactus and other succulents lots of sun and they’ll reward you with beauty and durability.
Look for pre-made pots
Unsure of what to pair together? Try ready-made containers with cacti or other succulents. You could also mix them together yourself successfully, since both cacti and succulents grow well in the same environment.
Find the perfect pairing
Give in to the temptations of echeveria with vibrant rosettes combined with other succulents in a mix of colors. Create a centerpiece for a console table, then relocate it to a buffet or dining table when you entertain.
Try bunching your succulents together for an interesting visual and textural effect. Let your creativity take over as you arrange the different varieties and colors together.
Cacti can also add a layer of surprise. Try a tall cactus plant variety to stand out in a cluster.
Ignoring works best
If you’re busy, travel frequently or are guilty of houseplant neglect, succulents are for you. There’s only one rule: Don’t overwater! They will rot.
Be sure your containers drain well and use cactus and succulent potting mix to help with the process.
HOW TO PLANT and Care for Cactus and other SUCCULENTS
- Potting. When potting cactus and other succulents, use containers with drainage holes. Fill with a well-draining potting soil that’s designated for cactus and other succulents.
- Combining. Design your container using arching, spreading and towering plants for a winning combo. Mix cactus plants with succulents using the smaller beneath the taller ones. You can also try planting a variety of succulents together.
- Planting. Remove plants from pots and place in shallow holes. Cover so that 1/4-inch of roots are out of soil.
- Feeding. Feed with a half-strength solution of water-soluble fertilizer and water well.
- Toppings. Top with decorative stones, gems, crushed glass or rocks.
- Lighting. Cactus and other succulents love light and can withstand direct sun. They need light to stay healthy. Place in a sun-filled window or a window that receives southern exposure.
- Watering. Water sparingly only when soil is dry. Avoid the temptation to water too much. Too little is better overall.