They appear all over magazines and homes because they are such an easy way to add life to a room. Buying succulents is easy and fun, but it helps to know your succulents before throwing them in some glass and sand.
Although they don’t need a lot of work, they still need some love. In this article, we will start with Indoor succulent care and then we will cover six of the best indoor succulents for your home.
How to care for Indoor succulents
One of the wonderful things about succulents is how easy they are to care for. Growing succulents indoors is very easy and low-maintenance.
Many of the best indoor succulents love sunlight, so make sure they get enough. Succulents that enjoy sunlight are Echeveria, Sedum, Aloe, Sempervivum and Agave. Unless you are in a very hot climate, make sure these indoor succulents are near a window and sunlight. Most succulents are desert plants, so they thrive on sunlight.
Although some varieties like slightly more moist soil than others, none of them likes to sit in the mud. Make sure the soil drains well and in some matters you can even add some sand. If you can get a cactus mix at the local garden center, that’s usually the best choice. Clay can be devastating to many succulents because it causes water to remain in the soil and rot the roots. Porous soil is best for your succulents. You may want to consider a container that can drain extra water from the ground.
As I said, succulents prefer well-drained soil. They also don’t need a lot of water to start with. Do not forget that they are desert plants. Watering 1-2 times a week works fine. Watering more than this will cause them to burp and die fairly quickly.
Many of these indoor succulents grow naturally in warm or hot climates. This means that the room temperature in your home will be just fine. Some of them may be sensitive to cold temperatures, but that shouldn’t be a problem indoors. For example, aloe does not do well when it frosts, so in many climates aloe is still grown indoors.
Echeveria are the most popular type of succulent. They are the ones that look a bit like a pointed Rose and come in all kinds of colors. Echeveria can grow between 2 cm and 50 cm and tends to bloom in the warmer months. Planting these types of succulents requires porous soil that drains well. If you want to see their true colors and shapes, make sure you plant them where they get plenty of sun.
These succulents are great to add to an arrangement to add size and color. Different types of echeveria are afterglow, red edge, bella, ben badis and big red. Because of the variation in size, you need to make sure the pot you plant them in is large enough to thrive.
Sedums, also known as stonecrop, are the low-growing succulents. These species are perfect for ground cover and tend to flow over the edges of plants and containers. This can give you a very unique look to your indoor succulent arrangement. Sedum is Latin for”sitting” and that’s what they’re good at.
Sedum plants do not like clay in their soil. Clay in the soil will cause the succulent to develop root rot and eventually Pass away but if you keep the sedum in well-drained soil, give it very little water, and give it plenty of access to sunshine, it will show you all the different colors it can produce. Sedum is a fast-growing succulent, but it is not invasive, so you don’t have to worry about it suffocating other plants. This is great if you plant several succulents in the same container or build an arrangement.
These succulents are really fun and add a lot of flair to your indoor arrangement. Agave can grow giant or very small. The succulent is known for its interesting shape and prickly leaves. They have a special shape that seems to be almost architectural and come with different colored leaves and spines, depending on the type you plant.
If you are worried about stinging with a prickly Leaf, there are species that are spine-free. Agave does not bloom much, but they do Bloom a few times in their lives. A very interesting fact about these succulents is that they tend to be pollinated by bats, which are attracted to their extremely sweet smell. Agave succulents don’t need a lot of water to live. Water them once or twice a week, plant them in well-drained soil and make sure they get plenty of sun time. Some agave varieties aresapphire glow, filifera, Montana, and potatorum.
Aloe is known for its health benefits and sunburn soothing properties. This succulent comes from South Africa and can vary in size. If you are going for more of a desert look in your arrangement then an aloe plant is perfect. There are about 450 different types of aloe with many different juices. These succulents are summer growers and prefer plenty of sun and soil that drains well. Some aloe varieties are aristata, black gem, humilis and juvenna.
These succulents are formed in tight rosettes and prefer the colder temperatures. We call them do for their popularity. They can survive just fine indoors, but they won’t be as colorful as outside. Most sempervivum like to call the European mountains their home and are one of the hardier species of succulents.
You will often see the words “chickens” and “chicks” when examining this type of succulent. These terms refer to the way the plant reproduces. The parent plant, or the chicken, is attached to the babies, the chicks, and so continue to grow. Since the plant is tolerant of heat, cold, rocky soil, poor soil and nutrient-poor soils, it is easier for the plant to grow this way.
Colors are green, silver,sapphire and even dark purple. Most sempervivum will grow in the spring and again in the fall. A few different types of sempervivum are apple blossom, averill, black, brock, and bronco.
Other than for having a really fun name, these succulents are known for their paddle-shaped leaves. Some might say that their leaves resemble those of a small fluffy elephant ear. These succulents are mainly native to Madagascar and South Africa. This type of succulent is also known for its flower. The bloom has a star look and blooms in winter and spring. Kalanchoe have deep green scalloped leaves that make it perfect for adding some extra shape to your garden.
Hopefully we have shown you well how to care for succulent indoors. Make sure your soil is well drained, a little sandy, and not too moist. Keep those things in mind and you should have a lot of success growing succulents indoors.