Some succulents come from dry, arid climates such as Africa and Central America where it is hot and there is little to no humidity. Succulents can survive in dry and hot areas because they are known to store water in their leaves which allows them to withstand hot temperatures and survive with little to no watering.
Succulents are perfect for forgetful home gardeners because they can survive with low maintenance. If you are always away for work or travel a lot and have no time to take care of plants but still want to see cute and lovely plants at home, a succulent plant is the right choice for you.
Do you know how many types of succulents are available in the wild? In this article, we will be discussing the different types of succulents that you can grow. If you want to know more information, make sure to read on below.
1. Ladyfinger Cactus (Mamilliaria elongata). This is one of the most common species of cactus that can be grown indoors. It is easy to propagate, as it creates a new baby cactus every time. When the baby cactus has grown a bit, it can be transferred or transplanted in a different container.
The baby cactus may take a while for its roots to grow. If you choose to grow this succulent, make sure it gets enough sunlight. You can plant your ladyfinger cactus in a container and place it on a windowsill. If it does not get enough bright light, there is a tendency that it will grow tall and become stretchy.
When growing this plant, keep in mind that they prefer bright areas and will bloom more flowers when exposed to the sun 8-10 hours per day. During late autumn or early winter, the Flaming Katy blooms buds that have four petals with colors that range from dark red, white, and gold. You can use this succulent as a table centerpiece decoration or a great addition to your succulent collection.
You can use this succulent as a table centerpiece decoration or a great addition to your succulent collection.
3. Acanthocalycium thionanthum (Echinopsis thionantha). It commonly grows in Argentina and in areas which are found in 1300-1500 meters above sea level. This succulent is usually grown as a solitary plant and will sometimes slowly branch out through its basal shoots. If you are planning to grow this plant, make sure to expose it in the full sun to maintain the plant’s compact form with colorful and strong spines.
If not exposed enough to the sun, it will become elongated. While it remains green, it will not exhibit its usual powdery-grey coating. Use a pot with drainage holes and cactus soil. This plant must be watered during summer, but make sure to keep it dry during the wintertime. It is somewhat frost-hardy as long as you keep it dry before and during the winter months.
It blooms flowers with colors that range from white, yellow, pink, orange, or red. It can be grown as an indoor plant because it blooms beautiful flowers, just make sure it gets enough sunlight every day. You can also use grow lights like this if growing it indoors.
4. Common Glasswort (Salicornia europaea). It is also known as Sea Asparagus or Poor Man’s Asparagus. This lovely plant is an annual succulent and it is safe to eat. It can be eaten like any other vegetables in your garden; you can try it as it is quite tasty, especially when it is pickled. The common glasswort is commonly found in beaches and salt marshes and usually forms green, fleshy carpets.
It grows up to 16 inches and produces flowers during late summer and the seeds ripen in the fall. It may be a bit challenging to grow in gardens, but you can be successful by sowing seeds once they mature during fall. When planting this succulent, it needs rich organic, well-draining soil. It also needs an adequate amount of nitrogen and regular watering to grow well.
5. Split Rock (Pleiospilos nelii). A native plant found in South Africa, this succulent is commonly confused with Lithops because they look similar to each other. Both plants belong in the Mesemb family, where the plants resemble rocks instead of plants. The split rock succulent grows and sits low to the ground. Usually, some leaves of the plant are buried in the soil.
Some species have transparent window-like leaves that allow light to enter the plant even when it is buried in the soil. The split rock grows in desert-like climates and they prefer getting lots of sun exposure, so you can place it in a south-facing window. When growing this unique-looking plant, avoid overwatering it!
Avoid planting it with other succulents, it is best to grow it on its own. You can plant it in a terracotta container and decorate it with pumice stones. This succulent blooms in the mid-afternoon and closes its petals during dusk, repeating this occurrence for a few days and if pollinated by bees or butterflies, it will proceed to become dry and create a seed pod that can be used to propagate a new plant.
6. Roseum (Sedum spurium). This succulent grows low in the ground. It usually grows up to 4-6 inches in height. It grows fast and can be planted in planters or containers on a windowsill. It blooms pale-pink flowers during summertime, making it a perfect choice if you want to add a pop of color to your indoor decorations. It can also be added to floral arrangements.
When growing this plant, always remember that it grows in areas exposed to full sun and areas with partial shade. You can grow it in a windowsill so it can get enough sunlight daily. This plant is quite hardy; it can grow in poor soil conditions and can tolerate extremely low temperatures and drought-like conditions.
7. Bunny Ear Cactus (Opuntia microdasys). It belongs to the Opuntia genus and it is a native plant of Mexico. It grows fast, with new cactus pads popping up at the same time which resembles rabbit ears. Be careful when dealing with this succulent because it has tiny hairs also known as glochids, that can cause skin irritation and can be quite difficult to remove when it attaches to the skin.
Proceed with caution especially if you have small kids and pets. If you decide to grow this succulent, you must place it in an area where no one can accidentally bump into it. When growing this plant, you must know that it prefers dry, low humidity areas and needs plenty of sunlight exposure. It grows slowly indoors, can reach up to 2 feet tall and same width. It can be planted in a container.
It rarely produces flowers but if it does it usually produces 2-inch creamy yellow flowers during summertime, and then followed by round purple fruits. The bunny ear pads that grow can be used to propagate this plant just be careful when dealing with it because its glochids can penetrate the skin, you can use gloves and plant it in a well-draining container.
8. Pig’s Ear (Cotyledon orbiculata). This succulent has thick oval leaves and has red color on its edges, bearing a resemblance to a pig’s ear. It blooms yellow and red flowers on the top of its 2-foot stems during late summer or early autumn. The pig’s ear succulent can grow up to 4 feet high, making it a perfect plant to add in your outdoor succulent garden.
It grows best in dry areas; you can also add it in rock gardens or hanging planters. When growing this plant you must know it does not need a lot of watering but it will take up a large amount of space, so make sure to leave an ample amount of space when planting it in your garden.
9. Key Lime Pie (Adromischus cristatus). A native plant of South Africa, this plant is also known as the Crinkle Leaf Plant. This plant is low-maintenance and it does not need too much sunlight for it to grow properly and it needs well-draining soil. It can be mixed with other succulents and can be grown in indoor succulent gardens. Before watering it, allow the soil to become dry completely and do not leave this plant outside as it needs protection from frost during wintertime. This plant produces white tubular flowers during the spring to summer months.
10. Sweetheart Hoya (Hoya kerii). This cute and lovely succulent plant is a perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift to your special someone. It has thick, heart-shaped leaves and it is a low-maintenance indoor plant. It grows slowly and it can be planted in a hanging basket. Mature plants in the wild can grow up to 13 feet tall.
It blooms clusters of white flowers with a burgundy center during summertime. If the Sweetheart hoya is fully mature, it can produce up to 25 flowers. It will need bright, indirect sunlight to produce flowers. It is drought-tolerant and can survive with at least 1-2 watering per month.
Avoid over watering as it can cause the plant to rot. You can use this watering can to prevent overwatering. If you are planning to grow it indoors, make sure to maintain room temperature between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit or 15-26 degrees Celsius.
If you are often away from home or you have a busy lifestyle, succulent plants are the perfect plants for you to care for. They require little maintenance and attention and can be used as a great addition to your indoor decoration or as an outdoor plant and be added to your garden landscape.
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