Succulents Plants

5 Beginner-Friendly Types of Succulents to Grow as Houseplants

Succulents have grown extremely popular in recent years, and with good cause. There are hundreds of diverse types to choose from, and almost anyone, including beginners, can grow them. They can survive in settings that are too dry for most other plants because of their particular water-storing tissues, so they’ll thrive even if you forget to water them for a time. Succulents thrive in dry air and mild temperatures, which most homes already have, so growing one in your living room won’t require any changes. Here are some of the best indoor succulents to start your collection if you’re a rookie plant parent. They are easy to get in garden centers and nurseries, and they adapt nicely to indoor life.

The Tail of a Burro

Pegasus Flora Succulent Live Plant sedum-burros-tail

burros tail plant

The Tail of a Burro

  • Material: Natural Live Plant with Pot, Qty: 1 (Plant with Pot)
  • One live Plant sedum-burros-tail
  • Plant with Pot Height: 6 – 12 Inches
  • Free plant name tag and care instruction card.
  • Plant type: succulent

Burro’s tail, sometimes known as donkey’s tail, is a trailing succulent that looks best in a hanging basket or container on a ledge, shelf, or plant stand, where it can drape over. Each stem can grow to be three feet long, with gray-green leaves the size and shape of a plump grain of rice. The leaves have a light sheen to them that disappears when touched, revealing your fingerprints. Furthermore, because the leaves are delicate and readily fall off, it’s recommended to avoid handling this plant as much as possible. The burro’s tail, which is native to Mexico, performs best in bright light. In the winter, when the soil isn’t growing as quickly, you can let it dry out between waterings.

Cactus for Christmas

Garden Nature Care Christmas Cactus Plant

Cactus for Christmas

Cactus for Christmas

  • Plant nature is indoor-semi shade, watering once in 5 days.
  • Useful for gifts Plant, table top Plants, terrariums & fairy gardens.
  • Best succulent with beautiful texture, hardy plant & low maintenance.

The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi) does not have sharp spines like other cacti. Its flat, fleshy, segmented stems can grow to be many feet long, hanging over in a manner that has earned it the nickname crab claw cactus. It also requires a little more moisture than its spiky cousins, so water whenever the top inch of soil in its container becomes dry. However, if you fail to water it for a bit, it will quickly recover from the drying out. If you keep it near a window in bright light, it will most likely bloom in the winter. If it blooms earlier than expected and the stem segments are spiky rather than scalloped, you may have a Thanksgiving cactus (they’re related to Christmas cacti), but the maintenance recommendations are the same for both.

Hens-and-Chicks

Hens-and-chicks is the common name for two succulent plants. They’re related but have slightly different appearances. Both generate “chicks,” which are miniature, identical plants that are offset slightly from the mother (the hen). Mexican Snow Ball ($13, Etsy) is an Echeveria elegans that produces flat, flowerlike rosettes with rounded borders and arching, bell-shaped blooms every year. Rosettes are also formed by Sempervivum tectorum, such as this hens-and-chicks collection ($21, Walmart), although each leaf is flatter and more pointed. It blooms in the shape of a star. Both of these succulents come in a wide variety of forms and colours, making them particularly enjoyable to gather.

Two succulent plants are referred to as hens-and-chicks. Although they are related, their appearances differ slightly. Both produce “chicks,” or small, identical plants that are slightly offset from the mother (the hen). Every year, the Echeveria elegans Mexican Snow Ball ($13, Etsy) produces flat, flowerlike rosettes with rounded borders and arching, bell-shaped blooms. Sempervivum tectorum, like this hens-and-chicks assortment ($21, Walmart), likewise produces rosettes, but each leaf is flatter and more pointed. It takes the form of a star when it blooms. Both of these succulents come in a variety of shapes and colours, making them especially fun to collect.

Jade Plant

For a reason, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) is an old-fashioned favourite: it’s easy to grow! When cultivated in full light, this long-lived South African native has stocky, branching stems with thick, glossy green leaves that are often tinted with red around the edges. Some variants feature unusual leaves, such as the ‘Gollum’ variety, which has leaves that resemble green monster fingers. Jade plants can grow to be several feet tall when grown as a houseplant, however they normally stay around a foot tall when grown as a houseplant. Because they can become top-heavy, it’s best to plant them in a sturdier container, such as terra-cotta. Allowing the soil to dry completely between waterings is crucial to keeping a jade plant happy. Some gardeners only water jade when the leaves pucker or lose their lustre, but these are signals that the plant is stressed, and if you wait that long, it may begin to drop leaves.

Snake Plant

This popular succulent houseplant appears to be almost indestructible. Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) may go without light and water for weeks without losing their attractiveness. Their thick, stiff, pointed leaves grow straight up to nearly three feet long and often have snake-like patterning markings. It will grow into a dense clump that fills the entire pot over time, but it’s simple to divide and repot as needed. While snake plants can withstand low light, they prefer medium to bright light. When the earth gets dry, they also love a little water.

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