Giant Cactus


Carnegiea gigantea (Saguaro)

Carnegiea gigantea (Saguaro) is a tree-like cactus with a ribbed stem that grows up to 65 feet (20 m) tall and up to 2.5 feet (75 cm) in…

1. African Milk Tree

Botanical Name: Euphorbia trigona

Height in Pots: 2 to 6 feet

A tall specimen, the plant has a rapid growth and reaches a good height in no time. Just be careful about the milky white sap it secretes as it can cause irritation and toxic if ingested.

2. Mexican Fence Post Cactus

Botanical Name: Pachycereus marginatus

Height in Pots: 5-8 feet

The bright white margins of this columnar cactus make it look magnificent. You can grow it indoors but keep watering at a minimum.

3. Prickly Pear Cactus

Botanical Name: Opuntia

Height in Pots: 4-8 feet

There are many opuntia species you can try–All are easy to grow. If you’ve got a south-facing window, it’s this guy’s place.

4. Baioensis

Botanical Name: Euphorbia baioensis

Height in Pots: 3-7 feet

Native to Kenya, it can be an excellent house cactus with its impressive height. It also grows canary yellow flowers from Spring to Summer.

5. Candelabra Cactus

Botanical Name: Euphorbia Ingens

Height in Pots: 3-10 feet

Not precisely a cactus but a succulent like other euphorbias, but it’s one of the most popular plants when it comes to best indoor cacti.

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6. Organ Pipe Cactus

Botanical Name: Stenocereus thurberi

Height in Pots: 3-6 feet

The organ pipe got its name because of its branches that look like an organ pipe. It is also planted for its delicious fruit.

7. Rattail Cactus

Botanical Name: Aporocactus flagelliformis

Length in Pots: 4 feet

Rattail cactus may not fit as a tall cactus plant, but it’s perfect for hanging baskets and head planters like in the above image. It prefers exposure to sunlight and moderate watering.

8. Cowboy Cactus

Botanical Name: Euphorbia acruensis ‘Cowboy’

Height in Pots: 3-6 feet

If you have pets or children that are predominantly curious, avoid growing this plant. Also, it prefers slightly moist soil compare to other cacti in the list.

9. Senita Cactus

Botanical Name: Lophocoreus schottii

Height in Pots: 3-5 feet

The plant has quite an unusual shape for a cactus, with a smooth and silky surface, which can make it an attractive addition to your cactus collection!

10. Blue Myrtle Cactus

Botanical Name: Myrtillocactus geometrizans

Height in Pots: 3-7 feet

This cactus is widely cultivated in Mexico because of the edible berries it produces. It also looks great with its bright blue-green stems!

11. Mexican Giant Cardon Cactus

Botanical Name: Pachycereus pringlei

Height in Pots: 3-8 feet

Mexican giant is one of the tallest cactus varieties. When the plant matures, it grows 3-4 inches flowers and also fruits, which are used to make jellies.

12. Old Man Cactus

Botanical Name: Oreocereus celsianus

Height in Pots: 4-6 feet

The old man cactus usually grows on high altitudes. The plant is covered with silky white hair, which gives it an outstanding appearance.

13. Mexican Lime Cactus

Botanical Name: Ferocactus pilosus

Height in Pots: 2-6 feet

One of the gorgeous looking cacti, it’s a slow-growing variety with a single cylindrical stem with red spines all around. Keeping this plant indoor further reduces its growth.

14. Saguaro

Botanical Name: Carnegiea gigantea

Height in Pots: 3-6 feet

It is the tallest cactus in the world, which you can easily grow indoors too! Does best in full sun and grows attractive creamy-white flowers. Don’t miss checking out these saguaro cactus facts.

15. Eves Needle Cactus

Botanical Name: Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Height in Pots: 3-5 feet

If you want a spreading specimen, then this is the variety to go for. Eves needle cactus is quite a maintenance-free plant that does best in lots of sunlight.

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Ethel M Chocolates' breathtaking Botanical Cactus Garden is Nevada's largest and one of the world's most prolific collections of its kind. Based on the English landscape model of naturalistic design, the Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden features three acres of drought-tolerant ornamental, cacti, and other succulents.

Over 300 species of plants can be found on the grounds. Half are cacti and succulents largely native to the American Southwest, and the rest are desert trees and shrubs from the Southwestern United States, Australia, and South America. All of these plants were chosen both for the beauty of their floral displays and their ability to adapt to the climate of Southern Nevada.

Come visit Ethel M Chocolates at the factory location in Henderson. Take a leisurely stroll through the cactus garden, and view the botanical desert terrain, enjoy the self-guided chocolate viewing aisle and see how we make the best chocolates we know how to make. Self-guided tour and Cactus Garden are free and open year-round!

What's the Best Cactus Soil?

Plant cacti in specially formulated cactus potting soil, whether purchased or DIY. Good drainage is crucial to cactus care, and regular potting soil tends to hold onto too much moisture for these low-water plants. You'll find many brands of cactus soil mix–some are even labeled organic cactus soil–on the nursery shelves, but it's easy enough to mix your own cactus potting soil.

A good formula for cactus soil is one-third horticultural sand, one-third cactus compost (you can use a regular potting mix for this but remove any large pieces of wood or twigs), and one-third grit in the form of pumice, perlite, or porous gravel. Mix these ingredients together thoroughly before planting your cactus.

If you're planting a cactus terrarium, you'll need to start with a layer of gravel at the bottom of the container, then top it with your cactus potting soil.

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