Succulents engorge their leaves and stem to deal with dry climates. These plants require less watering, making them the perfect indoor plant if you forget about regular watering. They are low-maintenance plants to own and add color and life to any room.
When growing succulents, it’s important to use cactus soil or a mixture of your potting soil with sand and perlite. They require special soil to enhance drainage and ensure the plant does not become over-watered.
In this guide, we will present the seven succulents you can grow indoors and share the minor care tips for each one.
Burro’s tail (Sedum Morganianum)
Burro’s tail is a succulent native to southern Mexico and requires warm temperatures to flourish. This plant makes a wonderful indoor choice and is excellent for hanging baskets. Burro’s tail produces long draping stems with small water-filled leaves and requires a well-drained container to regulate moisture.
Similar to most succulents, the burro’s tail is drought resistant. Water it once per month or when the topsoil is entirely dry. Sunlight is essential for burro’s tail growth. Place in a well-lit area indoors out of direct sunlight.
Jade plants can add a touch of sophistication to any living space and are seen as a good luck charm in Asia. They have stone-shaped leaves and come in medium to dark green hues. You can test whether a jade plant requires water by placing a finger two inches deep in the soil and testing for dryness.
Once the first two inches of soil are dry, you may water the jade plant once every two weeks. Pruning jade plants can stimulate growth and create a more full plant.
Snake plants grow tall leaves upwards with unique green and yellow patterns. Although they enjoy bright sunlight, they also require less sunlight than most succulents, and you can keep them in rooms with more shade.
This is the perfect indoor plant for homes with less light. Water snake plants every 10-12 days during the summer. If your snake plant’s leaves begin to curl, it may be a sign of dehydration.
Aloe vera is a very well-known succulent. You can use it in healing ointments and beverages. To cut aloe, use sharp scissors and cut the leaves close to the base. This succulent loves the sun and requires a minimum of five to six hours of sunlight per day.
If your home doesn’t receive enough light, use grow lights. Aloe tips can become brown due to overwatering in the winter months. Cut back on watering, and in the summer, only water every three-four weeks.
Hens-and-Chicks (sempervivum tectorum)
Hens-and-chicks are fast-growing succulent that grows well indoors. The name hens-and-chicks refers to the primary plant (the hen) and the connected secondary plants (the chicks). Hens-and-chicks is a rose-shaped succulent and comes in a variety of colors. Similar to the other succulents we have introduced, hens and chicks are very drought resistant and can thrive for weeks without watering.
If the leaves on your hens-and-chicks plant are soft, it may be a sign of over-watering. To combat over-watering, allow the soil to fully dry before each water and give this plant plenty of sunlight.
Mammillaria (Pincushion Cactus)
Mammillaria or pincushion cactus is a spiky succulent blooming with beautiful pink, white, and yellow flowers. If your mammillaria isn’t growing flowers, use fertilizer to stimulate growth. Mammillaria should be watered once per month and benefits from four to five hours of sunlight per day.
Dudleya leaves can create a flower-shaped succulent that compliments any succulent garden or stand-alone pot. As with most succulents, watering the roots instead of the leaves is essential for health.
Dudleya can easily rot if over-watered, so it’s important to stay mindful while caring for this succulent. Allow the soil to fully dry before each water, and make sure the pot or cactus garden has the correct succulent soil.
Succulents are dynamic and easy to care for plants that can improve the air quality and appearance of your home. If you would like to propagate succulents, our guide will teach you everything you need to know on how to do so safely.
Now that you have been introduced to our seven favorite succulents, please share and let us know in the comments which succulents you have and how you care for them.