- Caring For A Succulent
- The Best Succulents For Outdoors
Succulents are great. They’re funky yet elegant, and most importantly super easy to take care of. It’s one of the reasons they’re so popular among first-time plant owners. These native desert plants come in various sizes, shapes and colours, meaning there’s one for pretty much everyone.
In this article we’ll go over the 15 easiest succulents to take care off.
Caring For A Succulent
Before you consider owning these exotic plants, its best to know exactly what you’re getting into. Succulents may be low maintenance, but they still function like any other plant. The healthiest succulents are those that receive the right amount of water and sunlight as well as the right soil specific to their needs.
Here are three things you should know about caring for a succulent:
1. They need water , but not too much
Succulents are plants made for the desert, an environment that receives minimal rainfall all year round. This makes their roots a little poor at dealing with excess water.to avoid killing the plant be sure to water your succulents infrequently. This can be anywhere between 10-30 days depending on the climate you live in.
2. The right soil is crucial
Even minimal watering can kill a succulent if you’re using the wrong soil. Succulents need well-draining soil that doesn’t store excess water. There are a wide variety of different succulent soils available in the market, but if you can’t find the right one, you can always make your own using sand, potting soil, and perlite.
3. Give them plenty of light
Succulents are sun lovers. Make sure your plant receives at least 3 hours of sunlight a day. If your keeping one indoors, place your pot in an area that gets the most sunlight such as a windowsill. The exact amount of the sun the plant needs can vary among species though, so be sure to keep an eye out for sunburn or light deficiency.
The Best Succulents For Outdoors
Agaves, a species of succulent native to the tropical areas of South America, are large plants, so they’re not exactly suited for indoors. Agaves are great garden plants though, with their large wispy rosettes and smooth texture. These succulents can also go without water for weeks or even months, so you’ll never have to worry about a dry spell killing them off. Oh, and did I mention they’re fire-resistant? You can thank their fleshy water-retaining leaves for that.
2. Aloe Vera
Even if you’ve never kept plants before, you’re likely to have heard of this succulent before. Aloe Vera is a succulent most commonly known for its medicinal skin properties, and they make excellent garden plants. They can also be grown in pots indoors, just make sure it receives ample amounts of sunlight. Compared to some other succulents, aloe Vera requires a little more water, so be sure to water these plants whenever their leaves feel dry or brittle.
3. Zebra Cactus
Similar to the animal they’re named after these succulents stand out for their horizontal white stripes. The zebra cactus makes for stunning home décor and takes up very little space. It’s best to plant this succulent in a shallow pot as its roots don’t penetrate that deep into the soil. Zebra cacti also love the sun but prefer indirect sunlight as its leaves are susceptible to sunburn, so it’s best to keep it in a well naturally lit area but out of direct sunlight.
4. Jade Plant
Characterized by its vibrant green, oval-shaped leaves, the jade plant is a perfect starter succulent suitable for both the indoors and outdoors. Also known as the money plant, these succulents are also known to bring good luck. The plant is native to South Africa but can be found all over the world due to its low maintenance. Jade plants come in 1400 varieties so you’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for you.
Echeverias are immensely popular succulents known for their beauty. These plants form elegant rosettes in a variety of shades and hues. While these plants are easy to take care off, they need a sufficient amount of sunlight to grow to their full potential. Give your echeveria at least 4-5 hours of direct sunlight to stop it from spreading out and losing its classic intricate design.
6. Desert Spoon
Dasylirion wheeleri or desert spoon as its most commonly known is a succulent more on the broadside. To those unfamiliar with the plants, desert spoons are often mistaken as relatives to the palm tree rather than other succulents. Being native to the southern deserts of Mexico, these succulents are tough needing little water to get by. However, despite their name these plants can also live long and healthy lives in tropical landscapes meaning they’re surprisingly adaptable.
Dudleya is stunning succulents with colorful rosette shaping leaves. They’re often confused with echeverias, but the differences among the two are quite distinct. Dudley’s have a dormant period lasting through summer, which is when they don’t require water. If you read up a bit on these plants’ active life cycles, they’re quite easy to take care of. Dudleya petals come in a range of colors including red, green, purple, and grey.
8. Crown Of Thorns
With a name as cool as that, who wouldn’t want to add this succulent to their garden. Scientifically knows as euphorbia milli, these flowering plants are native to Madagascar.the crown of thorns can thrive in temperatures as low as 50 F. and as high as 90 F., making them among the most adaptable and easy to care for succulents. With its pretty reddish-pink flowers which bloom all year round, this is one succulent that you should consider putting high on your list.
This is another succulent known for its colorful rosettes. Graptopetalum is native to Mexico and Arizona and consists of 19 different species. These succulents come in a range of colors, ranging from green to mauve. Their leaves are pale and can even be described as kind of whitish, which is why its nicknamed the ghost plant in Mexico. Graptopetalum is easy to take care of with needs similar to that of other succulents. They’re also surprisingly tolerant towards the cold, which is a big plus point if you live in a more relaxed environment.
Kalanchoe is probably the most colorful succulents on this list coming in flashy bright colors, including yellow, red, orange, and pink. Another distinct trait that separates these plants from other succulents is their preference for moist, humid climates. This isn’t surprising considering that they’re native to Southeast Asia and tropical America.
11. Burros Tail
Burros’ tail, which translated to donkey tail in English, is a species of flowering plant native to Honduras and Mexico. The plant gets its name from its long trailing step with plaited leaves. These succulents are heat and drought tolerant, so forgetting to water them from time to time won’t do them much harm. They range in color from gray-green to blue-green depending on how they’re cultivated.
12. Blue Chalk Sticks
Blue isn’t a standard color among plants, which is why this succulent is so popular. With its silvery-blue foliage and finger-like shape, these plants are a must-have if you want to make your garden look more pretty. These plants are also drought-tolerant, meaning watering shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Unlike other succulents, blue chalk sticks are winter growers and summer dormant, which is something to keep in mind when caring for these plants.
13. String Of Pearls
These plants are as elegant as their name suggests, with its leaves growing on trailing stems that take toot in the soil they touch. The plant’s natural habitat is the deserts of East Africa .the string of pearls thrives best in cooler temperatures with lots of sunlight. The plant also blooms pretty white flowers with a cinnamon-like scent.
14. Dragons Blood Sedum
Dragons’ blood sedum is an easy to grow plant that blooms beautiful red flowers in the summer. The plant’s bright green leaves turn into an elegant shade of maroon in the autumn, making the plant look beautiful pretty much all year round. Dragons blood sedum carries all the low maintenance attributes of its fellow succulents, thriving in well-draining, dry soil under ample amounts of sunlight with well.
15. Panda Plant
This plant belongs to the kalanchoe genus. Panda plants are known for their fuzzy velvet textured leaves that look similar to cat ears. They’re very low maintenance succulents requiring just a couple hours of direct sunlight and infrequent watering. The plant is quite small, meaning you can bring it indoors if you want to, but this may reduce its chances of flowering. Another essential fact to remember about these plants is that they don’t do well in low temperatures, so don’t let it freeze. Panda plants experience a growth period in the summer, which is when they require the most attention.