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Published on October 2nd, 2018 | by ozlem

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20 Best Indoor Succulents to Grow at Home or Office

No wonder why succulents are gaining more and more popularity as decorative houseplants. They look cute and eccentric with a large variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, not to mention they make awesome indoors plants!

However, there is one critical thing to keep in mind all the time. Yes, we love to take care of succulents in our homes or offices, but let’s not forget that they are originally dessert plants. They are created for surviving in an extreme climate.

So that’s why it is crucial knowing what your succulent needs to live happy and healthy in an indoor area. Some type of succulents might not be a good preference for indoors. Luckily you will find good options on this list.

Caring Succulents Indoors

Sure not every species have the exact same requirements, but speaking in general, keeping your succulents alive is not a big deal once you understand three main necessities correctly: placement, watering and soil type.

Before anything else, deserts are hot! Right? Therefore succulents need enough sunlight more than anything. Usually, they are placed in front of a window or any other place that gets direct sunlight during the day.

Another thing that a desert plant has to deal with is the drought. Succulents are adapted to lack of water for long periods. This is why you do not have to water your succulent very frequently. Just water the soil deep and good for one time, and let your plant live with it for quite a while. That’s it.

Talking about the soil, choosing the wrong kind of soil (such as turf or potting soil) that are too humid for succulents will end up with rotten leaves or roots. It is a better idea to go with a special soil mix prepared for succulents.

If you think you need a deeper sight on succulent care, go right away and check my complete guide on How to Care for Succulents Indoors.

Let’s Get Started!

Once we get that straight, either you plant them one by one, or mix and match different types, here are a huge range of best succulents you can grow at home with minimal effort!

1) Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’

One of the subclasses of Echeverias, this little pretty succulent with blossom-like thick leaves is on the top among the favorites for sure.

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’

Echeverias gives the best result when placed over a window, where plenty of sunlight and warmth is provided. Although it is quite an easy-to-care type of a succulent, make sure that you pay attention not to keep it in low temperatures.

This type requires the typical watering for a succulent. Be sure you learn the basics of watering succulents first of all, then you are good to go!

And wait, the best part is yet to come!

Propagation of Echeverias from the leaves is the easiest and coolest thing of all times. Check out the propagation guide that I posted before if you want to know more about this topic.

2) Haworthia Fasciata (Zebra Plant)

This beautiful baby comes from Africa. Horizontal white stripes on dark green, pointy leaves are what make us call it “Zebra plant”.

Haworthia is definitely the best option for an indoor area. It requires partial sunlight or shade, even though that does not mean that you can leave it in a dark, cold room. They are not hardy for the cold.

And also, Haworthia can stay alive with minimum water for a long time. No worries if you want to give one as a present to that one forgetful friend of yours.

One thing sets apart this type from the others is that it can only be propagated from an offset. Nice and slow.

3) Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very trendy these days as a houseplant. Most of its reputation results from its medical uses. Aloe vera leaves moisturize dry skin, heal cuts and burns, cure acne and renew scars. How awesome is this?!

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Aloe vera can live indoors if given adequate daylight. Put the plant near the window and watch it grow. It can grow up to 60 cm height and width. Quite a large one, huh?

Be careful about the watering. They should be planted in a pot with a good drainage and watered only if the soil is completely dry.

4) Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant or Chocolate Soldier)

Panda plants certainly are the most common ones of the big range of Kalanchoe succulents. Little hairs covering the leaves are giving this plant a misty shade and they get longer and brownish over the edges, seeming like they are rusted.

They will need a couple of hours direct sun and a bright indirect light for the rest of the daytime will be needed to keep them in the best condition. Water rarely, only when the soil is completely dry. And try to keep it around the room temperature.

5) Senecio Crassissimus (Vertical Leaf Senecio)

Senecio Crassissimus has perfectly appealing colors, matte green leaves with purple stems and margins.

Senecios are able to withstand extreme drought. That means the excess watering will cause a heartbreaking end. Sandy soil will help with the water drainage. Also, you should maintain slightly warmer room temperatures.

Good news, Senecio Crassissimus can be grown from cuttings easily and quickly!

6) Senecio haworthii (Cocoon Plant or Wooly Senecio)

Another kind of Senecios, known as Wooly Senecio, looks even more impressing because of its icy color with dense and short white hairs covering its leaves. Absolutely stunning… You should see it when the yellow flowers bloom.

Caring Senecio haworthii is not distinct from any other Senecio. Infrequent watering in a well lightened warm room, all it takes.

7) Euphorbia Milii (Crown of Thorns)

A native of Madagascar, the amazing thing about Euphorbia Milii is that it blooms all over the year. Be aware that it needs to be handled in a special care for maintaining the flowers for a long time.

euphorbia Milii (Crown of Thorns)

Water the plant when the top half of the soil is dry and be sure it gets direct sunlight. This way your succulent will have the greatest flowers.

By the way, don’t forget to wash your hands after touching the leaves. Euphorbias are all can cause irritation on your skin.

8) Echeveria Elegans

Mexican originated Echeveria Elegans may be the best known of Echeverias as I believe. They tend to offset rapidly, which leaves us with a bunch of rose-shaped succulents covering the ground.

Once in a year, it blooms one flower in the shape of a bell. But believe me, it worth to wait. Avoid overwatering first of everything. Rest of is what you already know.

9) Senecio Radicans (String of Bananas)

Senecio radicans is a type that widely seen as a houseplant. It is named after the banana-shaped tendrils it has. This may be a good start if you don’t have much experience with the succulent plants since String of Bananas is so easy to be grown. It will look great in a hanging pot!

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Use a porous type of soil, get a good draining pot, water when the soil is dry and place it under filtered sunshine. Your succulent will grow indoors without any problems.

10) Lithops

These strange looking small succulents are also referred to as the living stone.

They require the minimum care. They should be placed right under the direct sun. Then they will need water when it is hot. You can even stop watering in wintertime.

11) Schlumbergera buckleyi (aka Christmas Cactus)

Christmas Cactus takes its name from the season of blooming. It gives the most beautiful red flowers.

Christmas Cactus should be watered very precisely. Otherwise, it will start to lose leaves. Wait until the top 5-6 cm of the soil get dry before you water your succulent.

12) Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm)

It is true that Beaucarnea recurvata looks like a palm at the first glance. But believe it or not, it is a succulent. The large base that the stem grows out is where it stores the water.

All this huge succulent want is a sunny place to live. There is no need to watering Ponytail Palm for very long periods until the soil gets dry on the top.

13) Euphorbia Tirucalli (Pencil Cactus)

Euphorbia Tirucalli has its popularity because of the great height (sometimes 180 cm) that it can reach even though it still lives in an indoor area.

You should give it a window side that has a lot of sunshine and a good type of soil that drains water. After that, you will not need to water the plant frequently.

One more thing, it is good to change the pot yearly for a healthier Pencil Cactus.

14) Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

That is true, these flowering succulents are very common around the flower shops. They bloom in a variety of colors.

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana loves the sun, hates the cold. Surprisingly, it can tolerate humid soil much better than any other succulent types. And what I especially like about Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana is that it tend to rebloom very often.

15) Senecio Rowleyanus (String of Pearls)

Growing the String of Pearls is no different from the other succulent types. But it definitely looks very unique. Match it with a pretty pot, and it will add a lot to your home decoration.

Beware that it can be toxic for your pets.

16) Sedum Morganianum (Burro’s Tail)

Burro’s Tail is another succulent that will look amazing in a hanging pot or basket. It is a great indoor plant if given an adequate amount of sunlight.

Keep in mind to place the pot in a place that the plant will get the least disturbance since the leaves are likely to fall off with the littlest touch.

17)  Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)

One of the species that can easily be cared for in the home is the Jade Plant. The critical point will be the lightning. Even you can consider artificial lightning to keep the Jade Plant alive indoors.

18) Sansevieria Trifasciata (Snake Plant)

Long leaves of Sansevieria Trifasciata will grow out like green snakes with a very simple maintenance in your home. Perfect choice for succulent beginners!

Give it a typical watering and the Snake Plant will survive even in the lack of sunshine.

Snake Plants are so common, they can be found in every flower shop. As much as they can quickly grow out of the offsets.

19) Faucaria tigrina (Tiger Jaws)

Yes, Faucaria tigrina is an odd looking succulent. But it’s super easy to maintain indoors. Tiger jaws is highly tolerant of drought. Even if you leave it dry for a month, it will be still alive.

Triangular leaves have the spikes which are called “teeth”. These jaws will give that quirky vibe to your office or home decor.

20) Mammillaria (Pincushion Cactus)

Mammillaria is the most spread cactus type for home maintenance. An excellent start for a succulent enthusiast!

Mostly originated from Mexico, Pincushion Cactus will grow under the direct sun. Water the soil when it is completely dry. And mature cactus will start to produce offsets for creating new plants.

To sum up all of it, succulents are the most enjoyable houseplants. If you learn a few tips and tricks, there is no need to put a great effort to have great plants at home.

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