You can never go wrong with succulents as your indoor plants. Having a succulent in your room makes the house feel cozy and fresh. Plants have a natural way of purifying the air and making your home a healthy place to live in.
But before you run to grow any succulent you come across, you must know that not all of them are suitable for indoor planting. Others won’t do well in the enclosures of a house, and some will give you a difficult time to care for. But there are still many succulent varieties that are easy to care for and can grow well indoors. The likes of Aloe Vera, Christmas cactus, and crown of thorns are perfect examples of succulents that thrive indoors.
If you’re looking forward to starting an indoor cacti garden, you’re going to have to make the right selections. Here is a list of 12 types of succulents that can thrive indoors and make your house beautiful and fresh.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a famous succulent that is typically easy to grow and can do pretty well indoors. This plant is known for its beauty as well as its functionality. Many people use Aloe Vera for its medicinal purposes. The plant has sap on its leaves that has been used for decades to cure skin conditions, including acne, burns, and scrapes. The plant is used to make many creams, skin lotions, and ointments because of its medicinal purpose.
You can easily identify Aloe Vera with its thick, greening, and pointed leaves. Some varieties grow white spots on the leaves. Aloe Vera thrives in tropical climates but can also do well when given proper indoor care in any climate.
Crassula has grown for many years as a houseplant making it a wonderful addition to your succulents’ collection. The plant is an evergreen one with shiny leaves. This succulent is easy to plant and can tolerate different soil types as long as there’s good drainage. It requires a good amount of sunlight, but it can also tolerate some shade.
When grown indoors, crassula will grow up to six feet tall and develop branchy stems with some fleshy-looking leaves. For it to thrive well indoors, give your crassula a fresh pot every spring. When grown outdoors, crassula can bloom in white and pink blossoms.
3. Christmas Cactus
Christmas cactus is a famous house plant that is used widely as a gift, hence the name. This succulent is in the cactus species, but it doesn’t produce spines like other cacti. It also differs slightly from other cacti in that it requires a little more moisture. You need to water it every time you notice that the topsoil is dry. But you don’t worry if you forget to water your Christmas cactus for a while because it easily bounces back from drying and thrives once again.
The cactus produces beautiful blooms during winter, provided you keep it near the window. Its flowers have beautiful yellow pollen. Give it good care throughout the year, and you’ll have some beautiful flowers to gift out during Christmas.
4. Burro’s Tail
The Burro’s tail is a beautiful plant to add to your indoor collection native to Mexico. The plant produces amazing fat trailing stems, which make it ideal for growing in hanging baskets. You’ll also recognize it with its gray-blue or gray-green leaves that are usually 2 feet long.
For your Burro’s tail to thrive, make sure it receives bright sun. Keep the soil dry during winter dormancy and fertilize it in summer. Do not disturb the plant because a slight touch can make the leaves easily fall out.
5. Crown of Thorns
The crown of thorns succulent is also known as Christ plant or Christ thorn and is native to Madagascar. The Latin Americans call it Corona de Cristo. The beautiful houseplant grows beautiful thick stems that are quickly invaded with thorns.
If you want this plant to thrive and reward you with beautiful blooms, make sure it receives direct sunlight. It blooms in pink and red flowers all year round, provided there’s enough sun.
If you want your house to have a perfect supply of green all year round, then the perfect succulent to plant is the Echeveria genus species. The beauty of these plants lies in their rosette shape and their leafy attributes. It’s an evergreen plant with a palette of hues with colorful flowers on the delicate stems.
For it to thrive and reward you with beautiful blooms, make sure your Echeveria received full sun and part shade. Give it sandy and well-drained soil. When watering the plant, make sure it goes directly to the soil and not on the leaves. This way, you’ll protect the waxy coating and protect the plant from rotting.
7. Ponytail Palm
Ponytail palms got the name from their woody-looking trunk and leathery leaves that make them look like palm trees. The succulent grows very slowly and beautifully, making them perfect for indoor gardening. They can grow up to four feet indoors and go up to 20 feet when you move them outdoors.
The plant is also known as elephant foot, thanks to its bulbous base trunk. The primary purpose of the trunk is to enable the plant to store water. Ponytail palm thrives in bright light, low humidity, and warmer temperatures. It does pretty well indoors if you can provide it with these growth conditions.
Take a glance at these plants in a container, and you’ll appreciate the work of nature. The flat flowerlike rosettes with round edges will no doubt bring perfect work of beauty to your indoor garden. The plants reward your hard work with their arching, bell-shaped blooms. They give your garden interesting shapes and colors that make your house a vibrant collection of plants.
When you grow these succulents as houseplants, make sure they slightly dry between watering to avoid rot. Put them in the spot near the window where they can receive direct sunlight. The soil should be sandy potting mixed with good drainage.
If you never thought some plants look like stones, then meet lithops. The succulent plants take the appearance of stones or pebbles and are also known as living stones. If you don’t know them, you won’t even realize they’re plants. These succulents are easy to care for and thrive well indoors.
You have to ensure your plants receive plenty of sunlight. Give them poor but well-drained soil and a shallow potting. They’ll mostly grow underground and only expose their leaves to get moisture from above the ground. Water lithops sparingly during winter to ensure they don’t rot.
Portulaca plant, also known as moss rose, is a beautiful succulent plant that can thrive well with little or no care. If you give it full sun and enough room to roam around, the plant will grow well, even in dry soils. Portulaca is a half-hardy succulent that won’t tolerate cold temperatures. You only need to water them when the leaves drop.
If you give it well-drained soil and the right watering, Portulaca will surely reward your garden with bright, showy flowers with double or single rows of petals. The blooms range from yellow to hot pink. They also have narrow leaves that look like pine needles. Its trailing stems will look lovely in hanging pots.
Haworthia is a perfect houseplant that won’t take up a lot of your indoor space. It’s a tiny succulent that only grows a few inches tall and thrives with little care. The succulent grows in a beautiful rosette that looks like aloe. You’ll recognize it easily with its white bands on evergreen leaves. It has a striped appearance like that of a zebra plant.
You can grow several of these plants in a shallow dish which you should put on the window sill to give you a wonderful display. Make sure it receives bright but indirect sunlight if you want it to grow beautifully.
12. Snake Plant
Snake plant is another beautiful succulent that will likely add an interesting accent to your room. To preserve its beauty, you have to wipe clean the leaves with a rag now and then. Make sure you give the snake plant direct sunlight for it to thrive well. This plant can still thrive well without water or light but will still maintain its beauty.
Snake plant grows in thick, stiff, and pointed leaves that go up to three feet long. You’ll also identify them with their patterned markings that give them the name snake plant. Although it can tolerate low light and little watering, it still needs some bright light and moisture when the soil dries up.
There are plenty of succulents to choose from and beautify your indoor garden. You have to realize which one does well in your climate area and which one you can care for without problems. Go through the plant’s specifics and understand how to grow and care for it before taking it home.
If you give your succulents the care they deserve, they reward your garden with color and immerse beauty. Choose yours from this list of 12 succulents, and you’ll love the look of your garden after a few months.