Succulents can survive in environments that can be a bit dry for other indoor plants. These are the type of plants that prefer dry humidity and warm conditions just like the desert and in most homes that have a specific area that has a direct light source. Some succulents only need low light conditions and will need a fast-draining container and will only need watering from time to time. Succulents need to be watered and you have to wait for the soil to dry out so you can water again.
Succulents are lovable and cute and quite easy to care for especially if you know how to properly care for them. If you are passionate about plants and you are planning to take care of succulents indoors because these will make a perfect addition to your room, this is for you. Check out the list we have compiled below for the best succulents you can grow indoors.
1. Hens and Chicks
The two succulent plants, Echeveria elegans, and Sempervivum tectorum share the name hens and chicks; they look different but are closely related. Both succulents can produce “chicks”, which are the smaller version but slightly offset from the mother (hen). Echeveria elegans have flat and flowerlike rosettes with rounded edges while the Sempervivum tectorum also forms rosettes but its leaves are more flat and pointed.
When grown indoors as houseplants, both plants perform similarly. They must be watered but the soil must be allowed to dry in between watering. Avoid overwatering because it can cause its leaves and stems to rot. Use 10-10-10 fertilizer during summer, you can get the fertilizer here.
Minimal watering is advised during winter because they are dormant during the winter months. You can propagate these succulents by cutting the offsets or also known as “chicks” and potting them. Make sure to keep them in a bright area part of the room, however, they can also tolerate light shade.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant and its sap has been used for centuries to treat sunburns and wounds. Yes, Aloe Vera can be used as an indoor plant; however, the sharp thorns on its leaf margins can cause cuts so it must be placed in an area where no one can brush off it accidentally.
Take care of this succulent plant by allowing the soil to dry out in between watering. Do not allow the plant to stay in moist soil. Place it in an area where it can get enough sunlight for a couple of hours.
Fertilize it with 10-10-10 fertilizer during summertime and avoid fertilizing during winter. Aloe Vera does not need to be repotted frequently unless the roots are pushing out of the potholes, you can use a potting mix specifically made for cactus, check it here.
3. Snake plant
The snake plant is also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, it is one of the most low maintenance plants in the list. This succulent can survive in dark corners and requires very low maintenance. Sansevieria trifasciata has long, pointed leaves and has pattern markings that resemble a snake. This plant can be placed in a pot and its rhizomes will multiply into a thick clump, you can repot them when it occurs.
When taking care of this succulent, make sure to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Avoid overwatering this plant, as it can cause it to rot. This plant is quite forgiving; it can be placed in a dark spot in a room and it will survive quite well. The snake plant can also tolerate medium or high light, make sure to apply 10-10-10 fertilizer and this can be done once a year. You must remove the damaged leaves every once in a while so it will have a great appearance.
4. Burro’s Tail
Sedum morganianum or also known as donkey’s tail is a native plant of Mexico. This succulent thrives best when planted in a container placed in a ledge or a hanging basket so its tendrils will be able to drape freely. Its leaves can grow approximately up to 2-3 feet in length and its pink or red flowers may bloom in summer, however, it rarely happens.
This plant must be placed in a medium or high light so it will be able to perform its best. The ropey tendrils of the burro’s tail may fall off even with a light touch so it is best to place them where no one can disturb or accidentally bump into them.
If you are planning to place it outdoors during summertime, make sure to place it in a shaded location. Burro’s tail prefers getting enough sunlight but placing them in direct sunlight can cause it to have sunburn. Yes, even plants can have sunburn as well.
When taking care of this plant, make sure to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. During winter months, you can keep the burro’s tail dry especially if you are raising it in a cool-temperate zone. You can fertilize it using the 10-10-10 fertilizer once a year, during summer.
5. Panda plant
Kalanchoe tomentosa is one of the most common among the dozen kinds of Kalanchoe plants. This succulent is a native plant of Madagascar. This plant is normally grown because of its foliage. It has thick green leaves with soft silver hairs, which makes it have a fuzzy blueish gray look. The edge of its leaves has brown tips that look like rust-colored hairs.
When taking care of this succulent, make sure to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Minimal watering is advised during its winter dormancy. You can grow the panda plant in a medium to bright filtered light, so you can place it in the area of the room that receives bright indirect light and a couple of hours exposure from direct sunlight.
Use 10-10-10 fertilizer 3 times during the summer months. This succulent can be pruned but needs seldom grooming, just make sure to remove any stubborn stems from time to time. Avoid placing this plant in cold and draft areas, normal room temperature is preferable for it to grow well.
6. Zebra cactus
The Haworthia fasciata is a native plant found in the African continent. This succulent perches on top of the soil and its leaves have a horizontal white stripes pattern that resembles the zebra thus it having the name zebra cactus. Plant lovers usually prefer this succulent plant because it looks amazing, needs a small space to thrive in and requires low maintenance.
When growing the zebra cactus you can use a shallow pot because its roots do not go deep in the soil. You can repot it every 12-24 months, use a fresh succulent potting mix to maximize its growth. Make sure to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. You can place your zebra cactus in a bright area but do not expose it in direct sunlight as it can wither and become shriveled, dying eventually.
7. Jade Plant
Crassula ovata is one of the favorite succulents to grow because it is quite easy to grow. The Jade plant is a native plant of South Africa. It has thick stems and thick glossy green leaves with a tinge of red color.
When taking care of this succulent you must allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Avoid overwatering this plant, as it can be easily killed. Fertilize with 10-10-10 fertilizer 3 times during the summer months. You can place your jade plant in terracotta pots like this for better airflow and keep it well-balanced.
Repotting this plant is not necessary since it has a small root system. If you decide to repot it, use a cactus mix potting soil. You must prune your jade plant to keep it balanced and well-maintained, it is prone to topple if both sides are not symmetrical.
You can cut off a branch or leaf and you can plant it to have more jade plants, you can plant them around the base of the plant to create a shrubby appearance. Some succulent growers pinch the leaves on the thick stems of the Jade plant for it to have a cool architectural finish.
8. Pincushion Cactus
Mammillaria is one of the most common cacti grown indoors. A native plant from Mexico, this succulent can grow in full sunlight. They remain small and can form single balls or clumps and can bloom even indoors. Warning: Pincushion cactus has spines that have hooked ends that can be difficult to remove when attached on the skin, make sure to place this succulent in an area where no one can accidentally touch it.
When growing this succulent, make sure to place it in an area where it can get the highest amount of light. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again. During its winter dormancy, this plant can survive without water. Use 10-10-10 fertilizer and apply it 3 times during the summer months.
9. Crown of Thorns
Euphorbia Milii is a native plant of Madagascar. This succulent can bloom all year if it is exposed to enough light. This plant is a member of the Euphorbia genus which includes the poinsettia. It has long spoon-like leaves found on its thorny branches and has small flowers.
When in bloom, the crown of thorns must be watered and allow the top inch part of the soil to dry out. If not in bloom, the top half of the pot’s soil must be kept dry before watering it again. Never leave the pot to dry out as the plant may drop its leaves.
When taking care of this succulent, make sure to place it in an area with direct sunlight to maximize its blooming capabilities. The crown of thorns can thrive in an area with medium light. Make sure to fertilize it 3 times during the summer months using the 10-10-10 fertilizer. Warning: This plant contains a skin-irritating sap so make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling it.
10. Ponytail palm
Beaucarnea recurvata is one of the most appealing houseplants that can be grown indoors. The Ponytail palm can store its water in the swollen part of its stem, which may look like an elephant’s foot, and hence why it is also known as “Elephant Foot Palm”.
Gardeners usually prefer to plant succulents because they are easy to care for and they can be grown indoors. Succulents add an aesthetic boost in your living room’s appearance, you can plant them on their own or as a companion for other succulents or other leafy plants. Not all succulents have the same care requirements and vary from one another, so make sure to get to know each plant before you decide to take care of them.
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