Top 6 Indoor Succulents and How to Care For Them

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How to Care for Indoor Succulents

S.O.S. Succulent

The S.O.S. is one of the most popular indoor succulents. The leaves of this plant are pointed, with smooth edges and are a variety of colors. You can use this succulent in landscaping, flower arrangements, and as a tasty snack (It's safe for children 1 year and older to eat).

Here's how to care for an S.O.S. succulent:

Sunlight: The S.O.S. succulent prefers bright, indirect sunlight. The more light you can give this plant the better.

Water: Do not water the S.O.S. succulent too often. The S.O.S. succulent needs a lot of water during the spring and summer months. During the winter months you need to water it less. You should also water it less if it is in cooler temperatures. You can tell if the plant is getting too much water in the winter months by if it begins to drop its leaves. In addition, you should only water the S.O.S. succulent when the top of the soil is dry.

Soil: You need to make sure that the soil you use for the S.O.S. succulent is never wet. You should use a potting soil that has little to no organic matter.

Light

When it comes to light, succulents are pretty low maintenance. They prefer bright light, particularly in the morning and direct sunlight in the afternoon. They absorb light well and could live in a room with no heat source. However, if they are around people and pets with cold hands they need some protection from the elements.

The most ideal way to care for your succulents is by growing them outdoors in the summer. They will receive plenty of light, sun and water. Watering them about once a week would be enough during the summer. This is also a good time to fertilize them.

During the fall, you can place them into the sunniest windowsill in your home. By doing this, you will be able to keep them alive throughout the winter. Once the weather warms up again in the spring, you can plant them back onto your patio or in your garden.

If your succulents have been indoors for a while, the simplest way to re-acclimate them to the outdoors is to gradually add more sunlight. Move them closer to the window starting at the beginning of the week. By the end of the week, they should be directly under the window. Doing so will hopefully prevent them from wilting.

Soil

All cacti require an exceptional drainage and prefer very porous soil poor in nutrients. The most popular soil for cacti and succulents is a mixture of two parts of potting soil, one part small gravel and some sand. Cocktail and pineapple cacti need a less porous mix with a larger gravel.

This mix will also be suited for Haworthias, which also need extra drainage!

Water

Succulent plants are the definition of green thumbs and the top 6 listed below have a lot to offer on the topic. While water may seem like an easy topic, succulent plants are so forgiving you need to be careful not to overwater them. Overwatering is the number one way to kill a succulent plant and the top 6 listed below are quick to catch on to your watering habits.

Watering in the right manner takes a little rhythm and the top 6 succulent plants are up to the challenge. The top 6 succulent plants will maintain a darker green appearance while they grow if you water them every 7-10 days. If they are getting purple splotches on their or leaves, you are watering too often or you may have a problem with your drainage.

Temperature

Most succulents are desert plants. Technically, very few succulents are native to the deserts of Antarctica, but almost all of them are well-suited to growing outdoors in temperate zones. These plants are more comfortable growing when temperatures are sunny and warm. The plants' soil should be very well drained.

When growing temperate succulents indoors, it's important to choose succulents that are suitable to indoor conditions. Most succulents are able to survive high temperatures, but they may become stressed if temperatures get too hot.

Finders need a sunny place that stays consistently warm. When choosing a spot for your succulent, choose a place that will have direct sunlight throughout the day. Direct sunlight is necessary for succulents, as they thrive on light. This is especially important indoors.

Indoor succulents don't need as much direct sunlight as their outdoor counterparts. Too much direct sunlight will scorch the stems, leaves, and roots, causing them to die. If you want your succulents to continue thriving, you must find a place that will receive the right amount of light and temperature for your succulent, but will not cause it to die.

Fortunately, succulents don’t need a lot of light. They can thrive in low light environments. You can place it anywhere from semi-shade to bright indirect light.

Types of Indoor Succulents

Succulents make some of the best indoor houseplants because they are hardy, easy to grow, and easy to maintain. They are a great choice for beginners and also make for perfect housewarming gifts.

Here are the top 7 succulents that thrive indoors and are commonly seen as office plants and indoor houseplants.

Aloe Vera Plant

One of the most commonly seen succulents, the Aloe Vera plant is native to Africa and can be found in several varieties and colors. It is a hardy succulent that can survive in a number of settings. It is known to be a great remedy for sunburn and for soothing skin irritations. It can also be used to treat digestive issues.

Ponytail Palm

These tall, soft, succulents with long trailing leaves are very popular as indoor houseplants. These are the best plants to grow with minimal gardening skills and are found in tall, small, and leaf-less varieties. They thrive in sunny, warm conditions and low light and can survive in a number of areas of the country.

Jade Plant

This easy to grow succulent can survive in the harshest conditions. It grows better when raised in low light and is very sturdy. It is hardy and easy to propagate. It makes an excellent decoration piece in any office and is also an excellent choice for office plants.

Echeveria

This plant is one of the most beautiful succulents around, as well as a very popular one.

When growing Echeveria agavoides determine how much sunshine it will get and give it plenty.

The Echeveria agavoides thrives in containers that are a low, wide dish with fun artistic shapes.

Keep the plant away from drafts and cold air registers.

The Echeveria agavoides grows very slowly and it is easy to care for the plant—a perfect choice for beginning gardeners.

They prefer to stay out in the sun and can be left outside in warm temperatures all year long.

Water them only when the soil is almost dry, and then water very sparingly.

Dropping the plant into the sink and letting the water run over the sides is a good way to water, and once a month, fertilize them with a very dilute fertilizer.

Place these succulents in a sunny location where they can get plenty of sun, but the leaves will not be burned.

Prickly Pears is another succulent that is easy to care for, and can endure a wide variety of conditions. Prickly Pears are related to the cactus, and are known for their beautiful, big, colorful flowers.

Sedum

Sedum or stonecrop is a very well known and popular group of succulents. Sedum originates from North Africa,Western Asia, and Southern Europe. There are over 400 sedum species, the most popular ones are the Hylotelephiums and Sempervivums.

Sedum tolerates dry soil conditions well and require little maintenance and are often grown in a rock garden. Some varieties can tolerate cold and will make it through the winter in colder climates.

Sedum is a nice and easy plant to grow that will tolerate neglect and the dry conditions in your home or office.

Here are some notes on the most common varieties:

Variegatum – grows well in a sunny spot, likes well drained soil and water occasionally.

Glaucophyllum – likes bright light, water infrequently.

Marmoreum – requires lots of light and water less frequently.

Golden Star – needs plenty of light, water only occasionally.

Ruby Glow – needs lots of light, water periodically.

Agave

The agave is a large succulent that can grow almost 3 feet in diameter. The leaves are spine-covered and symmetrical and the plant produces red or yellow flowers that can grow up to 3 feet tall. Agaves are known to live for over 50 years, making them a great investment for any indoor gardener.

Agaves are one of the most versatile succulent choices and can withstand a variety of light conditions. However, direct sunlight should be avoided, as it may scorch the leaves. This plant is best kept in a room where it can receive most natural light or in a north facing window. It will also do well in an east or west window. Agaves combined with other succulents make a great addition to indoor gardens.

Caring for the agave is relatively easy. It should be planted in a cactus or succulent potting soil. This will allow the soil to dry more quickly and to provide a more suitable environment for the roots of the agave by allowing them to breathe a little easier. This will also prevent it from overwatering.

Aloe

Aloe Vera is the mother of all succulents, according to the botanical world. It is the jackpot when it comes to succulents, as it cannot only be used for medicinal purposes, but also has ornamental uses as well.

Aloe Vera makes a great addition for inside or outside the house, and a single Aloe Vera plant can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Aloe Vera has numerous health benefits including helping to heal common burns, rashes, cuts, sunburn, and acne.

Sempervivum

These also come in bell-shaped rosettes and look similar to aloe plants. Sempervivum have thick leaves that look furry or felt-like. And, like most succulents, they are drought tolerant!

Sempervivum tend to thrive under full sun because they are native to the high rocky cliffs of Switzerland. Most grow naturally under a covering of snow for 6 months or more. If you live in a frost-free area, think about bringing them indoors before the temperature gets below freezing.

Growing conditions: Full sun or partial shade.

Watering needs: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to 3 inches deep. Water less often when it rains because the light rain is certainly enough to keep them moist. Sempervivum can be planted in a terracotta or plastic bucket filled with rocks instead of potting soil and watered more frequently than other containers.

Kalanchoe

The Kalanchoe is one of the more readily available succulents and if for no other reason would make it on our list of favorite indoor succulents. It is remarkably easy to grow and maintain. Small varieties are excellent for desktops while larger varieties make an excellent addition to a display garden or as a landscape accent in xeric gardens.

An average Kalanchoe will grow on the order of 10 to 24 inches tall. They prefer temperatures between around 75 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer bright light but do not like direct sunlight or temperatures under 60 degrees. Kalanchoe can be propagated from leaves and branches. Propagation from seed is not recommended since they are very slow to germinate.