12 Aug 7 POPULAR INDOOR SUCCULENTS
While it should go without saying that no plant’s natural habitat is the great indoors, some are much more adapted than others to an artificial indoor environment. And if you adore succulents? You can rest assured — there are, indeed, several scrumptious succulents that take well to our interiors.
The trick, as always, is to understand their particular growing requirements so you can be successful (and, of course, so your poor succulent doesn’t meet an early death). Here are our top 7 popular indoor succulents, in no particular order — because succulents are so fabulous, it’s difficult to have a favorite.
But Wait — Can’t All Succulents Grow Indoors?
Sadly, no. While you can try growing them all indoors, there are some succulents that just will not like it. Why? Because it’s literally impossible to replicate what they need in order to thrive — like full sunshine. These tend to be the highly colored succulents, the ones with the red, purple, or orange hues — so if you really like those, plan to add them to your outdoor patio pots.
The succulents you need for your interior have green coloration, and while they still (mostly) need bright, indirect light, they can get that by a bright window. But boring? Never! Keep reading for a list of our favorite gorgeous succulents to add to your home, office, or dorm room.
7 Popular Indoor Succulents
- Haworthia fasciata: The haworthia species is a collection of dwarf succulents with thick, tough, upright, green leaves — some of which have spots or other patterns. Undemanding, haworthia loves bright indirect light but will tolerate lower light conditions as long as it’s not overwatered.
- Aloe vera: The aloe vera plant is one most of us are familiar with— super easy to grow with its upright, fleshy leaves in a pale to medium green color. Break open a leaf to reveal the gel-like interior, often used for burns or skin irritations.
- Crassula ovata: You know this one as “jade plant,” and you’ve probably grown one, or inherited one from your great – grandmother — in other words, they are very easy to grow and are quite long-lived. It has a mini tree appearance with thick stems and glossy green oval leaves. Give it bright indirect light, and keep the soil moist (but never wet!) in the spring and summer, dry in the fall and winter.
4. Sansevieria spp.: Also known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” (insert eye roll emoji here), this is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, and it happens to be a succulent! Long, stiff, sword-shaped leaves have a basic green color that might be edged with white or yellow depending upon its variety. Pop it into a low-light area of your room, and water it when you think about it (as long as it’s not more often than 2x per month).
5. Gasteria spp.: Fun fact: “gaster” is Latin for “stomach,” and that’s exactly what this succulent’s flowers look like. The leaves are long and thick, often grooved, with a mottled green coloration. This one does well in bright indirect light to dim light, and low water.
6. Rhipsalis spp.: Outdoors, rhipsalis requires shade to partial shade, so it’s perfect for indoor growing. It has a finer-textured green foliage with a cascading habit, and does well with bright, indirect light and regular watering. It’s native to the rainforests ofSouth America, so while it does require regular watering, aim to have it dry out in between.
7. Schlumbergera spp.: A Schlum-what? I know these succulent names are a mouthful, but if you’ve ever grown a Christmas cactus or an Easter cactus, that’s what we’re talking about here! The flat green leaves are segmented (easy propagating!), and the showy flowers provide colorful drama. Bright, indirect light, a bit of humidity, and a soak-then-dry-out watering approach are ideal.
Bonus Tips for Indoor Succulents
- Indoor succulents grow slower than their outdoor relatives, so you can keep them at a manageable size for a long period of time.
- Succulents in lower light conditions usually need less water.
- All succulents need excellent drainage, so plan to put them in containers with adequate drainage holes rather than decorative pots without holes.
- Frost sensitive succulents should be placed away from cold, drafty windows in the wintertime to avoid damage.