Decorate A Cactus With Barry’s Top Tips

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Every year we all look forward to getting the tree out and decorating to the chorus of festive jingles, but have you ever decorated your cacti? Here Barry shares his top tips on how to prepare your cacti for the December festivities!

1. Get him lit!

We love to use mini LED lights on copper wire, the wire allows you to wrap the lights around the plant AND they will stay in place. The perfect way to add a quirky yet understated twist to your Christmas decorations.

2. Perfect pom-poms
Mini craft pom-poms are a simple and accessible way of decorating your cacti and make for a colourful addition while easily attaching to the prickles.

3. Gravel makeover!
Coloured gravel can make all the difference. This will instantly get your everyday prickly pal, party ready! Simply add coloured gravel to top the soil. White, gold and silver make excellent options to give that festive sparkly feel.

4. And of course… a mini Christmas hat to finish him off!

Looking for some BIGGER inspiration?

The Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden is the largest cactus garden light display in the world! This November will mark the 28th year of this magical display! The four-acre desert garden in Nevada, just outside Texas is home to over 300 species of cactus and a chocolate factory! The incredible succulents get dressed up in over a million twinkling lights!


In Tucson, Arizona USA, many people put Christmas lights on saguaro cacti (pronounced ‘sah-wah-roh’). Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. At Christmas, locals love to drive around at night and see all the beautiful lit saguaros.

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We can’t wait to see what you do to festive-up your collection. Make sure you share your photos with the club using the hashtag #merrycactus, plus if you tag @barryscactusclub and #mycactusclubcollection you’ll be entered in the monthly prize draw to win a £50 voucher.

From our prickly family to yours, have a very merry Christmas!

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