I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:

 Growing cacti at home is something every gardener should attempt. 

That said, rearing cacti presents its own unique set of challenges and though growing them, at least the desert varieties isn’t altogether difficult, it does require sticking to a pretty simple set of rules. Forest cacti, on the other hand aren’t quite as resilient as their desert counterparts and require slightly more specialized care.

Even seasoned cacti caretakers can agree that the hardest thing about growing them is the constant fear of over watering. Their roots rot easily, too much water can kill them; and in fact, an over watered cactus will at first exhibit signs of what appear to be great health and happiness but are really unmistakable symptoms of rot by plumping up and putting out new growth.

I’ve also included an A-Z guide to caring for your new cactus, and a FAQ that should preemptively answer any questions you might have so you can get right down to the root of the problem (rest assured, there will be no more plant puns from here on out).

Best pots for Cacti 2021

Here is a compiled list of the top 8 best pots for cacti you can buy online:

Tomato PlantersRating
3 Owl Pots with 3 Tier Bamboo Stand 8/10
Modern Unglazed Brown Matte Pot
Geometric Glass Terrarium8/10
Fox & Fern Matte White Pots
Cute Alpaca & Goat Planters 10/10 Editor's choice!
Dahlia Glazed Ceramic Planter9/10
Set of 3 Small to Medium Sized Pots
SUN-E Set of 6 3 inch planters 8/10

1. Owl Cacti Pots with 3 Tier Saucers

Why we love it:

  • It saves space! Cute and compact.
  • Sturdy ceramic pot!
  • Comes with a stand.

✅ Cute❌ Small drainage hole
✅ Compact❌ Nothing to hold the drained water

2. Modern Unglazed Round Ceramic Pot

Why we love it:

  • Unglazed porous clay allows air and water to move
  • Big enough to pack multiple cacti
  • Slick and minimal!

✅ No glaze❌ Not suited to the elements
✅ Modern❌ Darker than it appears in the pictures

3. Geometric Half Ball Glass Terrarium

Why we love it:

  • Cute terrarium elevates the space it’s in!
  • Handmade glass and steel construction!
  • Open terrarium ideal for cacti!

✅ Charming❌ Narrow mouth makes planting hard
✅ You can hang it up!❌ You can only use mist to water

4. Fox & Fern 10″ Plant Pot

Why we love it:

  • Perfect for your larger cacti!
  • Manufacturer lifetime warranty, 100% money back guarantee!
  • Extremely durable fiberstone!

✅ Lifetime warranty❌ Not as tall as I'd hoped
✅ Drainage plug❌ Frequently chipped during shipping

5.6.1 + 4.5 inch Cute Alpaca & Goat Planters

Why we love it:

  • It’s a llama and a goat. Need I say more?
  • Eclectic and one of a kind!
  • Handmade rough pottery!

✅ Lifetime warranty❌ Not as tall as I'd hoped
✅ Drainage plug❌ Frequently chipped during shipping

6. Dahlia 5.5” Inch  Drip Glazed Planter

Why we love it:

  • Amazon’s choice!
  • Beautiful drip and glaze!
  • Wide mouth for easy planting!

✅ Good fit for any space!❌Glazed, so retains moisture
✅ Beautiful❌ Slippery

7. Set of 3 Small to Medium Pots

Why we love them:

  • Set of 3 at an unbeatable price!
  • 3 different sizes!
  • Minimal and cohesive!

✅ Unbeatable price for a set of 3!❌ Middling quality
✅ Multiple sizes!❌ Hard to drain

8. SUN-E Set OF 6 Ceramic Wooden Planters 

Why we love them:

  • Amazon’s choice!
  • A set of 6 — perfect for gifting!
  • Fun shapes!

✅ Amazon's choice!❌ Extremely small
✅ Great gift!❌ Very fragile


Where can I find the best pots for cactus, you might wonder? Here I’ve compiled a list of some of the best pots for cacti on Amazon to aid you on your search!

Cacti Care

How to Care for Cacti: 2 Things to Note.

Most cacti (except for jungle varieties) need a truly ridiculous amount of light. That means South-facing windows only and 6-8 hours of light a day. Otherwise, your cactus will succumb to etiolation, a process in flowering plants grown in partial or complete absence of light that can be even harder to recognize than rot, characterized by elongated growth; smaller leaves due to longer internodes and a pale yellow color because they need so much sun.

Second, the soil that nurseries (even cactus-specific) nurseries give you is awful, and will rot your cactus. Gritty soil that is screened and drains really, really fast is necessary: 70% pumice/perlite or more.

As you get used to growing cacti, you can look into growing mediums but beginners should avoid overcomplicating things and stick to the basics.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I move my cactus to a larger pot?

Cacti and succulents prefer to be root bound! Use clay pots for better ventilation, see my list of the best pots for cacti above, and make sure your soil is up to the mark. I use tongs to move my pokey cacti, and fertilize with 20-20-20 every time I water and that works great. Above all, be gentle!

What is the best potting mix for cactus?

It depends a lot on your plants, pots, and growing conditions. Soil is kind of a trial and error thing. You keep tinkering until you find what works for your plants. A great, cheap place to get started is potting soil, perlite, and chicken grit at a 1:1:1 ratio, or maybe a 1.5:1:1 ratio.

You needn’t measure it, just dump it and see what works for you! A standard miracle gro potted mixture works just fine too, and moisture markers exist for a reason, if you’re like me and you worry about over watering.

Can I grow cactus indoors?

Yes! If you’re growing indoors it doesn’t really matter what your climate zone is; it does matter how you keep your house — aside from lots of light, some cacti need cool winter nights to promote flowering; climate does have an affect on the amount of sun you can give your cacti, so in some cases a grow light system is best.

 So, get your gardening kits in hand and get the perfect pots for cacti. Get ready to get your hands dirty. And remember, we always got your back. Happy gardening!  


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