Which succulents are best for indoors?
Succulents are one of the beautiful species of cactus plants on planet earth. If you looking for indoor succulent plants which you can grow at your home with minimal maintenance, this article will definitely help you to grow some unique succulents.
However, there are some requirements such as watering, repotting and many more which the majority of the people don’t like to do regularly.
But here is the solution, you can still have beautiful indoor succulent garden with minimal efforts.
There are different varieties available in the market to start with gardening, please bear in mind that I am writing this article by keeping beginners as well as experienced people on my mind.
Succulents have special abilities to sustain over longer period of time in scorching heat due to its water storming tissues which most of the other plants lack.
In other words, even if you forgot to water your succulents for some time, they will be still sustaining for long time as compared to other regular plants in the garden.
In addition to this, these beautiful species of plants will thrive in dry air and warm temperature which is generally available in most of the homes, so its extremely easy to grow these succulents inside your homes.
The succulents have one tendency like humans, they adapt new environment really very fast and easily. Meaning the transition of the new place for succulent’s is piece of cake.
Here are my top 10 lists of Indoor Succulent Plants you can add to your personal collection:
It is also known as donkey’s tail, and I would definitely recommend this succulent for indoor planting. So plant them in hanging baskets, bowls and container which you locate on shelf.
In terms of growths, it’s stem can grow up to three feet in height. The shapes of leaves are plump grain of rice and dark greenish in color. Despite it blooms rarely or occasionally, in the summer this beautiful succulent shows pink or red flowers at the end of the stem.
It thrives best in the summer as it belongs to Mexico natively; full sunlight throughout the day works best for donkey’s tail. This actively grows in summer that’s why watering needs in winter is quite low. The ‘Soak and Dry’ method is best suitable all-around year, so check properly for soil moisture levels before watering next time.
This is little bit different than the other cacti family succulent; I said different because it does not have sharp spines as exists in other cacti plants.
Another positive point about this plant is that it is not water hungry, even if you skip for any watering session; it can still thrive on its own. However, if its top portion of the stem looks dry or under watered, water it immediately. It is generally reach up to 1 foot in length.
As we are discussing this plant for the indoor, try to locate this plant nearly window or door where it can get more light throughout the day; resulting in it will definitely show you wonderful blooming sunshine. I am sure you will love it!
3.Hens and Chicks
The majority of the people who have adequate knowledge about succulents you might know, there is another one succulent with the same name ‘Hens-and-Chicks’; however, they look little bit different than each other.
These succulents come in different variety of shapes and colors; it really sets a beautiful look to your home décor.
In terms of overall growth, this plant has tiny height and sparkle star shape flowers. In addition, they have similar watering and full/Partial light needs.
It would be great if you can find a place nearby window or door where these species of succulents can get more light throughout day to grow actively.
Another important precaution to be taken strictly in regards with watering session; as these plants are located indoor, its oil takes more time to dry out completely.
If you water it without checking moisture levels of soil properly, its roots and lower portion of the stem may get rotten. To avoid this problem try to use pumice or sandy potting mix which, does not hold water for longer period of time.
This is another beautiful indoor or houseplant species of succulents, which are known for its actively growing ability indoor. This plant holds water into their leaves; owing to this reason, this plant gets easily affected due to over watering.
Please keep in mind that before watering or between two watering sessions check moisture levels; at least 1” to 2” of top portion of soil must be dried out completely to proceed further with watering sessions.
On the other hand, if it is under watered; it will start falling of its leaves. Only in the months of summer it requires more water as compared to other seasons.
You would be happy to know that this is known for its best air purification ability. According to Feng Shui practice, place Jade plant in east location for family harmony, health.
However, these plants are toxic to pets such as dogs, cats and horses, as well as mildly toxic to humans if it comes in contact with the skin. Be careful!
Also Read, Please Save My Succulent, It’s Dying!
This has immense importance in Ayurveda; it belongs from the gens Aloe. Despite its Arabian Peninsula native connections, it actively grows in tropical, semi-tropical and arid climates around the world.
There are different usages of Aloe Vera where you can use as both topically and internally.
Some of its benefits or healing abilities are moisturizing, cooling properties, treat burns, improve digestive health, promotes oral health, clear acne and many more.
On the other hand, it has some downside too such as blood sugar, stomach pain and cramps (when high dossed) and weight loss.
Please use Aloe Vera after consulting with your health specialists or doctor.
In regard to its soil requirement, regular potting soil mixed with perlite or building sand will be better. Please do remember this grows actively in dry or summer conditions, so please make sure you are providing enough water during these scorching seasons.
The best thing about Aloe Vera is the minimal maintenance throughout the year and it takes very little space which is ideal for kitchen, living room, balcony and gallery.
It is very crucial to choose leaves from the correct species of Aloe Vera plant and not from the other Aloe species.
WARNING/NOTICE: BECAUSE IT’S SOME SPECIES ARE POISONOUS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, PLEASE TAKE ADVICE FROM YOUR HEALTH SPECIALIST OR DOCTOR.
Do you like chocolates? I am sure you are! This beautiful succulent ‘Panda’ also knows as ‘Chocolate Soldier’ or ‘Cocoon Plant’. It has dark-red rimmed foliage and small in size which makes it ideal for small spaces in your windows or gallery.
Due to its woody base, in its native nature it can grow several feet; though, we are discussing here about indoor succulent plants, it can grow up to 1 to 2 feet in a medium size of container. Its watering needs are similar as per other succulents; ‘Soak and Dry’ method works best with proper drainage holes in the pot/container for its watering needs.
CAUTION: Under watering will kill this plant immediately.
You can locate this plant anywhere in your house where it can easily get 4-6 hours of sunlight.
Ponytail Palm is basically belongs to the eastern Mexico, and also known as the elephant foot.
Its watering needs are similar as per other succulents; ‘Soak and Dry’ method works best with proper drainage holes in the pot/container for its watering needs. To be exact, every 3 to 4 weeks you need to water this succulent for the proper growth; though, do not forget to check the soil moisture levels and water it if it’s completely dried out.
Palm is extremely sensitive to over watering; don’t water until it really requires. Generally, if the above 2” to 3” of layer is dried out; give a good soak, and your succulent will thrive.
In full sun lighting conditions are best for Ponytail Palm; however, you cannot full sunlight like outdoors, so try to find a place in your home of living-space where it will get adequate sunlight for its appropriate growth.
Be patient! This succulent will test your patience to the extent where you will get older by 5 years to see full bloom or double the size (This can grow up to 20 feet, if cultivated in the garden) of plant. It is one of those succulents which are known for slow growing species and takes at least 5 year to bloom fully.
Also Read, Succulent Care in Winter
The strange name ‘Snake plants’ comes from the Dracaena Trifasciata (Tongue or Saint Georg’s sword), and because of the sharp margins of its leaves. These are popular for removing the impurities from the living space or area. Owing to this reason, it is famously accepted by majority of the people as indoor plant. It emits oxygen at the night which will help you to sleep better.
It is widely famous for indoor decor because of its low to high level of light requirements which makes it ideal indoor plant. Healthy snake plant identification is very easy, it has pump, fleshy green leaves. If you saw any kind of wrinkles on the leaves of the plant; it’s a sign that its roots are rotten or under watered.
As we discussed earlier, this can live in low to high lights also, so indirect sunlight to direct sunlight for some time is tolerable for this plant. Try to locate this plant in warm spots where temperature will be above 50 F.
9.African Milk Tree
This cactus famous for its weird name ‘African Milk Tree’ originated from the central Africa. As it is summer hardy, it grows actively in summer and requires at least 6 hours of full/partial sunlight. Please bear this thought on your mind that it is highly toxic and could cause severe irritation.
This can grow up to 2 feet in height within a year time, and it can grow extreme up to 8 feet; that’s why it is known for its very vigorous growth. African milk tree can be easily propagated by means of using cuttings. For best results try to plant or repot this indoor succulent during spring or summer when temperatures are ranging from 70 to 75 F.
Its watering needs are similar as per other succulents; ‘Soak and Dry’ method works best with proper drainage holes in the pot/container for its watering needs.
Zebra Haworthia also known as Haworthiopsis attenuata has its native connection from Cape, South Africa. It is one of the most popular and cultivated species of succulent for indoor planting.
Now, how to take care of this beautiful succulent?
Its watering needs are similar as per other succulents; ‘Soak and Dry’ method works best with proper drainage holes in the pot/container for its watering needs. In winter though it generally went into semi-dormant/dormant stage where it does not require more water as compared to summer season.
To be specific, every other month if you are watering this succulent would be fine; though, do not forget to check the soil moisture levels and water it if it’s completely dried out. If Zebra Hawarthia. is turning into yellowish color, it has been over watered and can be immediately halted its water provisions.
In regards with the sunlight needs, it will just grow fine in indirect or filtered sunlight. Try to find the place where plant can get enough indirect or direct sunlight for at least 3-4 hours in a day. This can be propagated from Offsets, leaves and Seeds as well. The maintenance is low to medium. Because it can grow from 4cm (2 in.) to 20cm (8 in.) in height, it takes very little space in your home.
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