Plants, plants, everywhere! If you love plants – and who doesn’t – why don’t you have any inside your home? If you do have plants inside your home, why don’t you have more? Houseplants are good for everyone, and many believe that it’s impossible to have too many.
Whether you’re starting out with houseplants or whether you’re a long-term enthusiast already, one category of houseplants that is exploding in popularity these days is indoor succulents. Succulents are easy to care for and often thrive inside on a windowsill with little attention from you, and there are hundreds of different varieties to consider, try, and collect.
However – we must warn you – once you start with indoor succulents, your love of them will grow and grow, and so will your collection. Soon you’ll find it hard to stop. You’ll fall in love with succulents right away, so clear space for them because they’re moving in!
Read on to learn all about succulents below. Learn how to choose them, how to care for them, and how to display them in your home or office.
Benefits of Succulents
These two factors make them perfect plants for a home or office even if you aren’t the most attentive caretaker. Many common types of indoor succulents will keep growing and doing what they do without much help from you at all.
1. Little Water Required
In fact, an overly attentive caretaker can be detrimental to a succulent. Succulents can and do die, but when they do, it’s almost always due to overwatering. These plants are adapted to dry conditions. They survive in deserts by storing water in their leaves as cacti do in their leafless bodies. In fact, cacti are actually a subgroup of succulents; all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.
2. Fertiliser Not Necessary
So, indoor succulents love dry, indoor conditions. Not only do they not need much watering, but they don’t need much fertilising either. These plants are used to growing in soil that does not have a lot of nutrients so they don’t expect or require fertiliser as some of your other houseplants might.
3. Direct or Indirect Light Is Fine
Because succulents grow in desert and near-desert conditions, many people believe succulents need full sun to thrive. That’s untrue. Although succulents enjoy the bright sunshine, they’re also able to survive in dimmer areas. In fact, many prefer it. Like all plants, they’ll need access to some light, but indirect light is plenty for most.
4. Succulents Are Versatile
Another reason that people love succulents is their versatility. They are beautiful and diverse and look great in any home or office. They pair well with any decorating style. You can combine a number of varieties together to create a small or large indoor succulent garden. You can hang them from the ceiling, place them on a window sill, keep them on your desk in a dim corner of a room, or set them on a bookcase. They’ll be happy anywhere, and they’ll look great everywhere.
Best Indoor Succulents for Beginners
To be honest, almost all types of succulents are great for beginners. The best indoor succulents for you are the ones that you like. Fortunately, most varieties are quite affordable. You buy them small and they grow slowly. Therefore, when it comes to succulents, a bit of trial and error is fine.
If you’re careful with the water, you can watch a succulent grow and thrive. If you give an indoor succulent too much water, it will likely die rather quickly if you don’t adjust your plan of attack; then you can start over. Once a succulent is established, as long as you keep on doing what you’ve been doing so far, it will probably survive for a long time and will do quite well.
There are many hundreds of varieties of succulents. However, those varieties can be organised into categories. Some succulent enthusiasts stick with one category when building their collection; others mix it up a bit. For example, if you love aloe plants, you could easily amass fifteen to twenty different types of aloe in one corner of your home. From there, you might branch off to agaves or gasterias.
On the other hand, if you like jade plants – the real name for this category is crassulas, by the way – then you may also like portulacarias or even flowering kalanchoes.
If you like cacti then you might like their cousins the euphorbias, or the rubbery, rose-shaped echeverias.
There’s something for everyone in the world of indoor succulents. Don’t you think it’s about time you went to the store and picked up a few?
Indoor Succulent Care
Clearly, caring for indoor succulents is easy. The best practice is to just leave them alone. Don’t forget about them, though! Succulents do need water, they just need it on an infrequent basis. During the summer months, you shouldn’t water succulents any more often than once every two weeks. In the winter, they go dormant, so you’ll want to water them even less. Once a month is plenty.
When you do water your succulents, you should give them a good long drink of water. The water should go deep into the pot. If possible, water them from the bottom by filling their water catch tray with water instead of pouring water on top. This will force them to stretch their roots to reach the water as they would in their natural environment, and it will make them much stronger.
You can tell if your succulent needs more water by looking at it. Shrivelled leaves mean your succulent is thirsty. On the other hand, floppy leaves mean you’ve been giving it too much water.
Don’t spray them with a spray bottle. They’ll be happier and more luscious if you don’t.
When your indoor succulents get too big for their pot, it’s time to replant them in a new pot. Use succulent-specific soil for the best results.
You can and should fertilise succulents a few times a year. They require a mild fertiliser so they don’t burn. You can make your own or you can buy one. Either way, occasional fertilisation is wise; succulents benefit from fertiliser but don’t need it as often as your other houseplants.
Houseplants Are Happiness
As you can see, indoor succulents are a great choice for anyone and everyone. Whether you are quite experienced with houseplants or if you are just getting started, these plants are a wonderful addition to any space.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready and get excited and pick up some beautiful succulents today!