3. Christmas Cactus
Another holiday season staple, the Christmas cactus will always bloom near Christmastime, as it responds to the amount of sunlight it receives each day. These cacti produce exquisite, tube-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, purple, orange, and white. Christmas cactuses are the perfect choice for a home with small children or household pets because they are one of the few types of plants that aren’t poisonous for people, cats, or dogs. Ingesting any part of the plant will likely cause a stomach ache, but it won’t do any real damage.
Native to the humid forests of Brazil these cacti cannot tolerate drought as well as their desert-dwelling cousins. To make sure you get to enjoy your Christmas cactus for years to come, water it when its top inch of soil becomes dry and allow the water to drain completely from its pot. Place it in a sunny location and replenish its soil with a mixture specially formulated for cacti and succulents.