Planting - Indoors

Easiest Indoor Succulents (and How to Keep Them Alive)

 

Want to fill your life with plants but not sure where to start? Try kicking off your houseplant obsession with easy, indoor succulents. With forgiving, no-fuss beauties, even beginners and black thumbs can grow an indoor jungle.

The following list includes varieties you made not have heard of before. All make perfect choices for beginners or as gifts. These resilient cuties are hard to kill and can thrive in less than ideal conditions. Because low-maintenance charm is what succulents are all about!

We'll also break down the entirety of indoor succulent care into three simple guidelines that every new plant parent should know. Armed with a few (less than obvious) care tips, you'll soon be able to keep plants in any indoor space.

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Best Varieties for Indoor Growing


Easy Low-Light Succulents

Gasteraloe 'Flow' for Low Light

Gasteraloe 'Flow'

  • Sturdy green leaves textured with light bumps
  • Slow grower that tolerates extreme neglect
  • Can survive in low-light environments

Also try: Any Gasteria or Gaster hybrids


Easy Fuzzy Succulents

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

  • Thick, velvety coating covers the entire plant
  • Tolerates a range of light and water conditions
  • Several cultivars to choose from, including 'Cinnamon' and 'Chocolate Soldier'

Also try: Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'


Easy Trailing Succulents

Trailing Blue Pickle Vine (Senecio radicans glauca)

Blue Pickle Vine (Senecio radicans var. glauca)

  • Slender, string-like stems grow quickly and can reach over 3.0' long
  • Blue-green, sickle-shaped leaves are lined with fine pinstripes
  • Tolerates low light and likes more frequent water than most succulents

Also try: Rhipsalis cereuscula or R. neves-armondii


Easy Prolific Succulents

Haworthia planifolia before (left) and after one year under grow lights
H. planifolia before (left) and after one year under grow lights

Haworthia planifolia

  • Juicy, green leaves form a verdant rosette
  • Produces new offsets around its base and develops into a tidy clump
  • Translucent "leaf windows" allow plant to tolerate low light

Also try: Echeveria prolifica (ONLY if you have a very sunny windowsill)


Easy Window Sill Succulents

G. 'Bashful' in diffuse light (left) and direct sun
G. 'Bashful' in diffuse light (left) and direct sun

Graptoveria 'Bashful'

  • Sun-loving rosette of long, upright leaves
  • Ranges from mint green to deep scarlet depending on light exposure
  • Grows wider but remains stemless, so it looks good even without regular pruning

Also try: Tiger Tooth Aloe (Aloe juvenna)


Easy Cactus

Golden Ball Cactus (Parodia leninghausii)

Golden Ball Cactus (Parodia leninghausii)

  • Flexible, golden spines are gentle to the touch
  • Can grow into a tall column with plenty of sunshine and occasional water
  • Can bloom with shiny yellow flowers atop its stem

Also try: Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)


Bonus: Easy Outdoor Succulents

Filled up all your indoor space? Some succulents are also easy to grow outside!


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Top 3 Secrets for Growing Succulents Indoors

1. Pick the Right Variety

All the succulent types listed above are fantastic choices for new succulent growers, but there are plenty more.

Before picking a plant, you need to assess the space in which it will grow. Be realistic about how much light the plant will get. A south-facing window sill or grow light is necessary to grow cactus and colorful succulents indoors. Everywhere else, green varieties are a solid option. They'll stay healthy and look great for years to come.

Avoid keeping frost hardy succulents indoors for long periods of time. While they thrive outdoors, varieties like Sempervivum and Sedum will languish indoors from lack of light and airflow.

Easy Indoor Succulents

2. Give as Much Light as Possible

Resilient as they are, succulents are still plants and they need sunlight to survive. Fortunately, a succulent that's not getting enough light will quickly show signs that it needs to move. If you see lanky stretching or colors fading to green or white, move the plant closer to a sunny window. Too Little Light: Symptoms & Solutions

Some growers find it helps to bring their houseplants outside in the summer. Covered areas with protection from rain and direct sun allow succulents to gradually acclimate to the outdoors. In this way you can avoid succulent sunburns.

It can be difficult in winter to get enough light to indoor succulents. A grow lamp is an easy way to supplement natural light. Get all the background info here: Grow Lights for Succulents

How to Water Succulents

3. Keep It Dry

You can make watering easy on yourself by using pots with drainage holes and a light, gritty soil. Be aware--heavy, waterlogged soil is one of the fastest ways to kill a succulent. It's a lot easier to revive a dry succulent, so always err on the side of under-watering.

How often should you water? Lots of growers want a simple answer, like once a week or every other week. But the real key is to let the soil completely dry out between waterings. Drench deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole (that means no misting). Do not water again until the soil fully dries out.

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