7 Most Rare Cacti That Are Hard to Find

If you’re new to the world of cacti and are already enamored with the exquisite saguaro cacti, don’t get too enthusiastic — that’s just the beginning!

Cacti are gradually gaining popularity as the newest trend in home décor. And rightfully so! Their antique and exotic appearance distinguishes them and gives them the appearance of living sculptures. And they’re easy to grow – they only need a little water, some sun, and possibly a lot of neglect. Neglect, indeed!

When you add some unusual, uncommon specimens to the mix, the story takes on a whole new level of intrigue. Their unique and stunning appearance lends a touch of whimsy to your interior design. Although caring for these uncommon cacti necessitates extra effort, every minute spent is well worth it.

Here’s 7 most rare cactus that is hard to find!

1.Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii – Rubi Ball
The Rubi Ball cactus, commonly known as the red cap cactus or the Hibotan cactus, is a colorful and conspicuous moon cactus variety. It looks great with a dark contrasting planter, such as this one from Greenaholics.

Although they are commonly red, they can also be purple, white, yellow, or even orange in color.

The stem is globose (a fancy word for spherical), pigmented, and divided into multiple pieces by strong ribs. The brown spines, which develop to be 1 cm long, are held in place by white marks on the ribs. The Rubi Ball is a flowering plant that produces pale pink flowers and gray-green fruits.

Growing a Rubi Ball is a simple process. They love partial shade but will tolerate a few hours of intense sunlight. Keep them out of direct sunlight during the warmest summer days to avoid harming the delicate flowers. Use a well-draining commercial cactus mix. Take it easy on the watering. These plants are desert hardy and can live without water for long periods of time. Allow a deluge to fall, and only do it once the soil has dried fully.

2. Dinosaur Back Plant
Myrtillocactus geometrizans cristata, often known as the dinosaur back plant, is a fascinating plant native to northern and central Mexico. It can grow to be rather large, reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet) for those who require a little more perspective. Although these can grow to be quite large, they’re a lovely aesthetic to have indoors when they’re young, and a container like this would be ideal!

Its interlaced tree stem, which is frequently cluster developing, gives it a one-of-a-kind appearance. The blue tint of the Dinosaur Back Plant can be tinged with a bright hue. The waxy body of these semi-hardy cacti would perish if exposed to temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

The dinosaur back plant does not require a lot of water to thrive. To avoid root rot, make sure you’re using a cactus mix that drains effectively. Keep it in filtered sunlight or bright direct sunshine. During the spring and summer, this cactus produces creamy blossoms and tiny fruits.

3. Emerald Idol— Opuntia Cylindrica Cristata
The Emerald Idol, a very unusual cactus with an ancient appearance, is a member of the prickly pear family (which really produces delicious fruits— check it out here!). It takes on a curved shape with white ribs that are coated in tiny spines.

This cactus will quickly decompose if given too much water. Water only when the earth is bone dry. This sun worshipper enjoys direct sunshine or a brightly lit window sill. Set it in a well-ventilated area and use a permeable potting mix. Avoid exposing the emerald idol to frost, as this could cause it to perish prematurely.

If you use a squeeze bottle for your micro or baby cactus, you’ll be able to control the watering a lot better!

4. Echinopsis cv. ‘Haku-Jo’
The Haku-Jo cactus is a fast-growing Japanese cultivar that is thought to be a chimera — a fancy phrase that refers to the fact that it may include genes from several species. It has wooly areoles embedded with sharp, brown spines growing in bunches and is delicate and globose in appearance.

It takes a long time for this plant to flower, but once it does, it produces light-scented white flowers that resemble trumpets. It’s simple to care for the Haku-jo: place them in broad light during the summer and keep them dry during the winter.

5. Opuntia Subulata – Eve’s Needle
This popular shrubby cactus grows tall and can reach 60 cm in height. The Eve’s Needle, which is said to be a native of Peru’s Andes, thrives in bright sunlight. It is a water-saver, much like any other cactus, and hence requires less water to survive.

The Eve’s Needle may not be the ideal choice if you’re seeking for a splash of color, as it takes a long time to bloom. When it blooms, however, the flowers are red, with scarlet fruits beneath.

This plant needs to be protected from frost, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be grown outside.

6. Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus
Echinocereus Rigidissimus Rubrispinus (such a word! ), a striking cactus that thrives in full light, is pink and attractive. It has a globose shape and is fully covered with pink-colored spines.

Even though it is cold hardy, this cactus does not tolerate frost well and may become scarred. Use high-drainage soils, particularly those strengthened with perlite. During the winter, the Rainbow Hedgehog cactus requires very little water, and none at all when the humidity is quite high.

It has bright pink blossoms with a white tint in the center. This is the one to get if you want a lovely cactus!

7. Lophocereus Schotti— Totem Pole
The Totem Pole cactus isn’t your typical savage cactus. It stands out from the rest of the cactus world thanks to its spineless, smooth, and towering appearance. Lophocereus Schotti, despite its modest growth rate, can reach enormous sizes and live for many years.

This unusual cactus is native to the Baja California Peninsula, where it flourishes in full sun. If you’re growing it inside, make sure it’s in a south-facing window so it gets plenty of light throughout the day. 

Because this cactus does not flower or generate seeds, it is propagated through cuttings. If you give it too much water, it will become infested with pests and diseases.

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