Basic Care for Succulents
Like most plants, succulents need some primary care. All succulents included on this list need the following to thrive:
- Fast-draining soil
- Proper watering
- Sufficient light
- Favorable climate conditions
Crassula Ovata, popularly known as the Jade Plant, is a favorite succulent variety around the world. It has dark green leaves that are oval. The leaves grow on partly woody stems. This succulent variety can grow both indoors and outdoors.
Under sufficient light, the leaf margins of this succulent turn red. In spring, when it blooms, Crassula Ovata yields a cluster of bright, star-shaped flowers that attract pollinators. When planted on the ground or large pots and under favorable climate, this succulent can grow into a well-branched shrub that is around 5 feet tall. In colder climates, it is best to place your jade indoors until spring season comes.
Be sure to protect your Crassula Ovata from the frost, and only water when the soil is dry. You can propagate Crassula Ovata easily through stem cuttings and individual leaves.
Because of its many medicinal uses, Aloe Vera is well-loved by many. Some say that Cleopatra uses it as a part of her beauty regimen. Aside from its beautifying properties, the gel inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera can also treat burns, rashes, and stomach pains. Similar to the jade plant, Aloe Vera can thrive whether in full sun or shade.
Protect them from the frost by placing them indoors during winter. When grown from the ground, Aloe Vera can reach up to 3 feet tall. You can propagate your Aloe Vera by separating the offsets from the mother plant. In Summer, when Aloe Vera usually blooms, it forms tall and colorful flowers that attract birds.
Aeonium Kiwi has flower-like foliage that makes it appealing to beginners. It has woody stems that branch and curve into a beautiful rosette. It can also grow in full or sun or shade, but when the temperature hits 80° F, provide them shade.
In ample light, the leaves flush yellow and pink colors, which makes it even more appealing. You can propagate Aeonium Kiwi by stem cuttings. Take them indoors when the climate gets too cold. During summer, they can go dormant, so cut back on watering them until you see new growth.
Often called the zebra plant because of its dark green leaves that have bright white tubercles, the Haworthia fasciata makes for an edgy addition to your succulent collection. It has a spiky shape that gives it an edgy look. Haworthia fasciata is best grown indoors under a bright light or outdoors in partial shade. Make sure to protect it from the winter climate. It grows slowly, but you can propagate it once you see it offsets.
These succulents are your best choice, whether you’re growing your first succulent or gifting one to a friend. If you have an easy succulent in mind, please comment on it below! We’d love to add more to this growing list!