How Much Does a Cactus Cost?

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While most cacti are found in the western states or in warmer climates, you may want to purchase one for your yard or maybe even one for your home.  If you want to purchase a cactus for your home, it can grow as long as it has the proper attention and the appropriate climate / sunlight.

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How much does a cactus cost?

The cost of a cactus will depend on the type, its size, where you purchase it from and the quality.

Seeds, such as a Mixed Melocactus, can be as little as $2 to $5 for as many as 20 seeds.

A smaller Golden Barrel Cactus can cost anywhere from $6 to $20.

Little Baby Cactus that grow in a one-inch pot can vary anywhere from $3 to $10.

One of the most popular cacti — a Prickly Pear — can vary anywhere from $4 for a small one, up to $20+ for a larger one that would be planted in your yard.

According to, a 1-gallon cactus varies anywhere from $15 to $75 plus shipping.

An older Saguaro Cactus can be as much as $5,000.  The more arms a cactus has, the higher the value is since it distinguishes its age.

TypePrice Range
Agave Cactus$30 (5 gallon)
Argentine Toothpick$45 to $100
Arizona Organ Pipe$50 (5 gallon) to $150 (15 gallon)
Beavertail$8 to $15
Blue Candle$8 to $90
Cardon$45 to $65 (5 gallon)
Chenille$8 to $60
Cereus Hankianus$25 (15 inches) to $2,500+ (24 feet)
Cereus Hildmannianus$35 per 5 gallon
Cereus Peruvianus Monstrosa$35 to $100
Cow's Tongue$15 to $60
Christmas Cactus$5 to $35
Diamond Cholla$15 to $35 (5 gallon)
Elephant Ear$15 to $35 (5 gallon)
Fishhook Barrel$40 to $100
Flabby Pincushion$8 to $30
Golden Barrel$10 (1 gallon) to $85 (5 gallon)
Golden Torch$300 to $500 (24-inch box)
Lady Finger$30 to $50
Mexican Claret Cup$35 to $90
Ocotillo$45 to $75
Octopus Cactus$8 (1 gallon) to $75 (15 gallon)
Pine Cone$7 to $34
Purple (Opuntia Rufida)$8 (5 gallon) to $75 (15 gallon)
Saguaro Cactus$25 (15 inches) to $2,500+ (24 feet)
San Pedro$40 to $130
Senita$35 to $150
Strawberry Hedgehog$40 to $100
Texas Blue Barrel$8 to $35
Texas Santa Rita$8 to $95
Torch Cactus$20 to $35 (1 gallon)
Totem Cactus$40 to $100
White Bunny Ear$6 to $50
White Paper Spine$8 to $40

Cactus overview

Smaller plants are going to come equipped with a pot.  Most of the ones you have in your home will need this pot in order to grow.

Depending on who you purchase from, some companies may include fertilizer and cactus food.

Some nurseries, depending on how much you spend, may include delivery and professional planting.

Cactus can be purchased at your local home improvement retailers or if you live in a climate that can accommodate them, they can also be available at these specialized nurseries.

What are the extra costs?

Like many plants, these pants are going to require maintenance.  It will be required you help give them food or even fertilizer in order to ensure that they grow at the appropriate rate.  Many nurseries may include this as a starter package.  Keep in mind as time goes on, it will be highly recommended to pick up a new bag of fertilizer to ensure proper growth.

If you want to purchase online, be sure to look into the shipping costs.  The bigger the Cactus is, the more you may have to pay in order to ship it.

Special pottery to pot some of the smaller cacti will be required.  The cost of a pot will depend on the type you want.  You can purchase one as little as $5 or spend thousands if you wanted something customized.

Larger cacti will often need to be planted professionally.  If the nursery doesn’t include this in their quote, you may have to spend upwards of $100 to $250 per cactus, depending on the complexity and size.

Tips to know:

It’s best to give your cactus fertilizer every 14 days.   Each cactus is going to react to the sun and weather in different ways.  Be sure to ask a gardener or even refer to a guide online to assure your cactus lives a long, healthy life.

Overwatering is one of the most common ways to kill a cactus.  To measure the water absorption, stick a wooden pencil in the soil.  If the soil sticks to the pencil, it’s best not to give the cactus any more water.

Harming or even destroying a saguaro cactus is illegal in states such as Arizona.  If one has to be transported, a special permit is required.

Some desert distributors may not ship out of state, so before you make the purchase, be sure to check ahead of time.

How can I save money?

Check listings on Craigslist online.  You will find some people want to get rid of Cactus in their yard.  You may have to remove them, but after the labor, you may not have to pay a penny.  Other online retailers, such as, have a great assortment that can be delivered straight to your door.

Check for local sales at nurseries.  Many have liquidation sales where they get rid of plants at a low price.

Some nurseries may offer packs of six or more.  Purchasing in bulk is a great way to add to your collection and save money at the same time.

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  1. Iqra (7OSA0tBvsftv,  HaKOv8twWrB) paid $LxHZJc8SAf and said:

    2 years ago, I bought 10 mini caucts for display. one of them look like the one above and place them at the living room window. Now only left 3 surviving. The rest disappeared cos I thought caucts belongs to the desert would require alot of sunlight. Turn out, too much sunlight, they shao jiao(burnt) arady, turn black. Lesson learnt!

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