There is an enormous variety of cacti around the world, most of them cheerfully living in hot, dry conditions where most other plants would perish. They’re succulents, which means they can store large amounts of water to keep them alive through long droughts.
They rarely have leaves, because leaves mean moisture loss. Instead many have developed hard spikes, which both minimise evaporation and keep pesky animals away.
A small cactus is a great starter plant or gift because it’s so easy to care for. It will tolerate lower light conditions, but thrives in sun, and needs very little water. Cacti would much much rather be too dry than too wet. Try to make yours think it's in the desert.
Please note that your cactus will arrive in a nursery pot. We have lots of plant pots available to make them look even smarter.
Did you know?
Cacti are so resilient that they can even be found on the driest desert on Earth, the Atacama desert.