Succulents are becoming more and more popular in gardens thanks to their ease of care and beauty. A single succulent in your indoor garden is enough to make a statement and adorn your house with beauty. For this reason, the list of succulent lovers is growing daily as the plants become more popular.
But not all succulents grow at home and are easy to care for. Besides, not all species are cute and colorful, so you must be picky about the ones you introduce to your home. There are common types of succulents that you’re likely to see in stores or find in a friend’s garden. Many of them are also easy to replant, require little watering and at least a few hours of sunshine.
There are a variety of succulents to introduce to your indoor garden. If you’re looking for the easiest succulents to care for and most popular, here are 15 of them.
1. Burro’s Tail
Burro’s tail is also known as the donkey tail and is one of the easiest succulents to propagate, making it among the most popular. The houseplant grows pretty easily and is not too demanding when it comes to caring. The plant can grow up to four inches long with its beautiful tail-shaped appearance. If you want it to grow well, keep it in the confines of the four walls. Also, ensure you put it in a well-drained container and allow the stems to drape down the pot’s edges.
2. Zebra Plant
Also known as Haworthia, you can never go wrong with the Zebra plant in your succulent collection. The plant will adorn your indoor garden with nothing but beauty from its spiky look. It has no thorns to scare you away, so you can grow it comfortably where there are children and pets.
The Zebra plant gets its name from white tubercles that give it a striking look. The plant grows in low clumps, with its rosettes going up to 5 inches long. Make sure your plant receives at least 6 hours of daily sunlight for it to grow well.
3. The Jade Plant
The Jade plant is commonly believed to bring good luck, financial success, and friendship in households where it grows. This has given it other nicknames like the Lucky plant, money tree, and friendship tree. It also makes a perfect gift for any occasion. Indeed, the plant has many characteristics that easily fix it in the list of the most popular succulents. Its beauty comes from the thick, broad green leaves. It also blooms in small white or pink flowers if you give it the right conditions.
Echeveria is another popular indoor succulent that does well indoors with direct sunlight. Echeveria comes in different species, but they all require the same care needs to thrive. You need to plant it near the windows to get a lot of direct sunlight if you want it to grow well. Echeveria also requires minimal watering and the best time is when the soil dries completely. It will do well in a clay pot with good drainage.
5. Flaming Katy
Flaming Katy is a beautiful succulent plant that does best indoors as long as you give it clay pots with good drainage. The plants will also appreciate it if you give them well-lit areas. They need at least 10 hours of sunlight for them to adorn your beautiful indoor garden with their beautiful buds and flowers. With the right conditions, expect flaming Katy to reward you with buds of four petals that come in different colors. Their flowers can be golden, dark red, or white shades. You can use the plant on your desk or a centerpiece on your table.
From the name alone, you automatically know that moonstones are the real gem. This succulent grows in bluish-green leaves that are sure to give your garden the beauty it deserves. The plant can adapt well in dry conditions thanks to its drought-tolerant nature. The moon-like leaves are capable of storing enough water for it to survive many months of drought. If you grow it in your garden, make sure you water it sparingly. Watering twice in summer and once in winter is just enough for the plant.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera plant is not only famous for its beauty but also its medical benefits. The compounds of aloe vera are perfect for easing burns and scrapes. It’s used to make various skin lotions, ointments, and a host of other cosmetic products. Aloe vera is also a perfect decorative plant making it ideal for indoor planting. Its thick pointed leaves come in green-gray color. Some leaves come with spots of white.
8. Snake Plant
The snake plant is another low maintenance succulent that can make a great companion for your home. The plant is unique in its own way because, unlike other succulents, it can do well placed under indirect sunlight. It also needs a bit more watering than other succulents, but you should go slow on watering during winter. This plant can grow pretty large over time, and you need to re-pot it before it outgrows its pot. The snake plant is a great therapeutic plant known for its air purification benefits.
9. Hens and Chicks
Hens and chicks are one of those succulents with unique growth abilities. The plant grows on the rooftops of old European cottages. They’re used to protect the roof slates from fire and lightning. This plant grows in clusters with thick fleshy leaves. You’ll notice them in clusters of compact rosettes with their thick leaves alternating from a central point.
Hens and chicks are available in different species that come in varying colors. The plants can tolerate cold temperatures and still reproduce without proper care.
10. Pinwheel Desert Rose
Pinwheel desert rose, which is popularly known as aeonium, is a beautiful succulent with unique characteristics. Something that differentiates this plant from other succulents is the fact that it doesn’t appreciate hot weather. It goes dormant when the weather gets above 80 degrees. It grows well if the temperatures remain at 65 to 75 degrees. The desert rose grows rapidly and quickly reaches 3 feet. They’re also easy to plant with regular potting soil needs. It also needs enough moisture to grow its shallow roots.
Stonecrop is another unique succulent, just like moonstones. The unique plant grows in a variety of colors and can form pink, silver, green and blue shades. It’s also available in two different types, namely, tall sedums and creeping sedums. The tall sedums grow about three feet tall. They adorn your summer garden with pretty flower clusters. Creeping sedums are found on rock gardens, roofs, and walls. This is an outdoor succulent that is pretty easy to plant and care for.
12. Ball Cactus
Ball Cactus adorns every succulent garden with its unique shape. The cactus has a balloon shape and grows up to two feet tall. But your children won’t pick this balloon to play with because it’s not that friendly. The rounded body is protected with very sharp spines that keep away anyone that dares to mess with it. The beauty is not only in the shape of the ball shape but also in its small, yellow flowers that form clusters.
13. Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro is another popular succulent with the ability to thrive in very harsh climates and grow up to 40 feet tall. It grows thick main stem with others spouting out to look like arms. This plant is popular for its ease of care and drought tolerance nature, thus grows more than 150 years. The cactus can adorn your garden with beautiful white blooms. Its stunning flowers have given it the name wildflower of Arizona. It also produces edible fruits from its stem and arms.
Another beautiful and popular plant in the cactus collection is the lovely kalanchoe. Kalanchoe needs a bright spot in your house where some indirect sunlight can hit it. However, it won’t appreciate direct sunlight as this will only cause burning. Kalanchoe also doesn’t like cool weather, so you should avoid drafty areas.
If you want kalanchoe to appreciate your gardening efforts, make sure the soil is dry between watering. When it’s time for kalanchoe’s watering, make sure you water deeply, so it drinks enough to go for days.
15. Pig’s Ear
Pig’s ear is succulent that grows in thick, oval leaves with red edges. It produces yellow and red flowers on top of the stems and droops down. You’ll mostly see the flowers of pig’s ear in autumn and summer. The pig’s ear is a perfect succulent for growing outdoors as it grows up to four feet high. The plant does well in dry areas like the rock beds, and you can also grow them in hanging baskets. Leave some space in between it and the next plant as it tends to occupy a large space.
That’s your list of the 15 most popular succulents to plant either indoors or outdoors, depending on the type. These succulents are easy to grow and require little maintenance. Choose your favorite one and see the beauty they can bring to your succulent garden.