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Cacti are low-maintenance, fun to grow, and well-adapted to the dry conditions found in homes. They come in a range of sizes, colors, shapes, and flowering habit, and grow as upright columns, spreading clumps, or spiny spheres. Some cacti have thorns, so handle with care.

They grow slowly, usually only a few inches a year. Never let your cactus stand in water, which leads to root rot. You can leave them in the same container for quite some time, as they generally like to be slightly pot bound. Cacti prefer a sunny location indoors; if you’re growing yours outdoors, be sure to protect them from frost.

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