Flowering succulents is one of the reasons lots of plant lovers have joined the bandwagon and started growing and caring for succulents at home. Succulents are not just a great addition to your home decoration because they are easy to grow indoors, but because some succulents bloom flowers.
If you provide the best care possible for each succulent species, there is a good chance that your flowering succulent plants will be able to produce flowers. In this article, we will discuss the list of different flowering succulent plants that you can grow at home.
There are a few succulent species that bloom lovely flowers even when grown inside the comforts of your home. Make sure to read below if you want to find out more information about flowering succulents that you can grow in your home.
1. Prickly Pear Cactus – This succulent belongs to the Opuntia genus. It is also known for being an edible succulent. Most varieties bear colorful fruits and the leaf pads are also edible and can be eaten after removing the spines. Opuntia cacti are also grown because they bloom lovely flowers.
Opuntia cacti have more than 100 species of succulents; you can find one that fits your personality. If you prefer small flowering succulents you can choose Opuntia microdasys – it is also known as bunny ears cactus.
Make sure to watch out for its glochids, those tiny spines can be quite difficult to remove once attached on skin or clothing! If you want a flowering Opuntia succulent that can be grown outdoors, you can choose Opuntia Grandiflora, it is a frost-hardy species and for individuals who love flowers, make sure to check out Opuntia basilaris.
Opuntia cacti are generally easy to grow as they are quite hardy, making it an easy choice for beginner succulent growers. You can wear gloves when handling them because their spines are quite awful! When stuck in the skin or fur it can cause skin irritation!
2. Easter Lily Cactus – This cactus plant belongs to the Echinopsis genus. It is also known as hedgehog cacti. This plant blooms a fuzzy flower spike and produces a beautiful flower that can be quite huge that it can conceal the entire plant.
One species that belongs to the Echinopsis genus is also named Flying Saucer. The Easter Lily Cactus can continue producing flowers for days or weeks and each flower will wilt after a few days and be immediately replaced by a new one accordingly.
If you prefer showy plants, the Easter Lily Cactus is perfect for you! It is guaranteed to be an amazing sight to behold when placed in a garden full of plants. Echinopsis cacti are generally easy to care for, just make sure it gets enough sunlight. You can water thoroughly when the soil has become extremely dry during summertime. Avoid watering the plant during wintertime. You can use fertilizer to ensure that your Echinopsis cacti will be able to produce beautiful blooms!
3. Christmas Cactus – This flowering succulent is perfect for those who live in areas with dark winter days. This plant can be a great addition to your home if it needs a lovely splash of color. The Christmas cactus is consist of segmented leaves and produces lovely blooms with varying colors on their tips. This succulent produces flowers during the winter months.
This succulent grows in forests and not in areas with dry, arid climates. If you are planning to grow this plant, you must water it regularly. If it lacks water, it will wither and drop its leaf segments. You must keep its soil lightly moist and never allow it to become extremely dry. You can water the plant when the topsoil has become dry.
When you are caring for the Christmas cactus, avoid placing it in an area with direct sunlight, as it is normally grown in areas that are blocked out by taller trees, it is used to growing conditions with shaded areas. If you have loved ones and friends that enjoy succulents you can give them a Christmas cactus as a gift. It is a perfect gift during the holiday season. If you give this plant the best care it will bloom beautiful flowers that come in shades of pink, red, and purple.
4. Epiphyllum or Orchid Cactus – This succulent is usually dismissed by some as it does not look appealing, but when it blooms, it is guaranteed to cause everyone to stop and stare because it produces beautiful flowers. Its flowers can grow up to the size of a plate. Its petals can have varying colors, from pale cream, white, pink, red, and purple. Epiphyllum usually blooms flowers starting at the end of September until early spring. The orchid cactus is an epiphyte or a tree dweller.
When growing the orchid cactus, you must plant them in well-draining soil which contains high organic matter. It will need bright but filtered light to grow its best, as it is naturally found in jungles, growing in trees. For the orchid cactus to bloom flowers, it must get 12 hours of sunlight daily.
5. Moonstone plant – This succulent is known as Pachyphytum oviferum, it is a perfect choice for gardeners who fancy a plant's foliage and flowers. This is a rosette-forming succulent that has round leaves that look like small stones. This plant can be a great decoration in your home! During the early spring, this plant produces flower spikes and blooms white/orange flowers that form in clusters on a thin stem and it can grow very tall.
When growing a moonstone plant at home, you must provide it with plenty of sun exposure, and use well-draining soil with a container with drainage holes. This plant is not frost-hardy so it will not be able to withstand the harsh cold climates during wintertime. It is best to bring it indoors during the winter months and you can bring them outdoors during the summertime.
6. Aeoniums – This plant is also known as tree houseleeks, they are native plants found in the Canary Islands. Aeoniums can produce small yellow flowers when they are fully mature. It blooms flowers during late spring or summertime.
Aeoniums are a monocarpic succulent, which means the parent plant dies after it blooms flowers. Fret not, you can propagate them before they become fully mature so you will have a small aeonium plant to take its place when it dies.
When growing Aeoniums, you must remember it is drought-tolerant, it can be used in xeriscapes or desert-themed gardens. It needs to be watered regularly but make sure to avoid overwatering. It needs sun exposure to partial shade; it can be grown in containers. Its flower stems grow in the center of the rosettes. It blooms tiny, star-shaped flowers forming in clusters.
7. Kalanchoes – This plant is also known as Flaming Katy because it blooms flowers that have flaming colors. One of the kalanchoe species is the Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana, this plant blooms flowers on top of a short stem above its leaves. Its foliage is glossy green and the leaves are quite huge and bloom tiny flowers that form in clusters that do not wilt after a few weeks.
8. Echeveria – This succulent is one of the most popular types of succulent and it is a native plant of Mexico. A lot of gardeners prefer growing this succulent because they form lovely rosettes. It produces beautiful and colorful flower stalks that vary from one species to another.
The flower spike can produce multiple offsets with small pink, orange, or yellow flowers. Some echeveria species bloom during the late summer. They are also mostly perennial plants and may bloom flowers around the same time every year.
If you are planning to grow echeveria indoors, you must remember that it can be quite a challenge. It needs a lot of sunlight exposure to maintain its rosette form. Echeverias will etiolate when it receives a small amount of light.
When this occurs, the plant will look quite unusually elongated and it will not be able to produce flowers. Make sure to grow your echeveria plant with lots of sunlight or you can also use some grow lights if growing it indoors.
9. Easter cactus – This flowering succulent blooms flowers during Easter. The Easter cactus can be used as one of your springtime decorations. The Easter cactus does not grow in desert-like climates, it is naturally found in the jungle. To grow properly it will need a lot of moisture and less amount of light.
If you are planning to grow this plant, you can trigger its flowering capabilities by combining the perfect amount of light and the right temperature. The Easter cactus can bloom flowers if it is kept in an area with nights that are completely pitch black starting in January.
A lot of gardeners may confuse the Easter cactus with the Christmas cactus, just keep in mind that the Easter cactus has a rounded segment of leaves and it blooms flowers on a single segment only and not multiple.
10. Ice plant – This flowering succulent belongs to the Delosperma genus. It is a native plant of South Africa. This plant is an excellent choice if you are searching for a plant that you can use as a ground cover. When exposed in the best growing conditions, the ice plant grows and spreads fast in an area they are planted in, therefore, producing a beautiful green ground cover that looks extra special when it blooms flowers.
It can grow up to 3-4 inches in height. Ice plants have needle-like leaves and bloom small daisy-like flowers that come in varying colors of purple, pink, and yellow. The ice plant blooms flowers during summer time until fall. The delosperma succulents are frost-hardy and you must remember to keep them dry during the wintertime.
They can withstand very low temperatures so there is no need for you to worry when wintertime comes. Always remember to use well-draining soil and plant it in a sunny area so it will grow its best.