Colorful & Diverse Foliage - For Warm Climates or Indoors
Kalanchoe x houghtonii
Soft Succulents (aka "Tender Succulents") are fascinating plants from warm climates with wide ranging shapes & colors. They generally make great indoor plants, but can also grow outdoors in frost-free weather. Most have low water needs. Be sure to plant in well-draining soil and only water when dry. These beauties make easy, charming houseplants, favors, arrangements, & much more.
Light: Soft succulents need a lot of light to thrive and show their best colors and forms, so indoor plants should be kept near a sunny window or under grow lights. Outdoor plantings can take full to partial sun; extra shade will protect them from sun burn on hot afternoons in summer.
Soil: Rapidly-draining, gritty soil is best, as succulents are accustomed to growing in small crevices in rocky outcroppings. They will not tolerate standing water, so choose a gritty soil like cactus/succulent potting mix. Soil amendments are not necessary, but gardeners can encourage faster growth by applying diluted fertilizer in spring.
Water: Succulents thrive with deep, infrequent watering with enough time between for the soil to fully dry. Water the soil directly (not the leaves) and be sure to use containers with drainage holes. Watering frequency can vary greatly, so look to the plant and soil for signs of needing more or less frequent water.
Hardiness: Soft succulents do not tolerate frost or heavy rain. They can, however, live indoors year-round when they're given plenty of direct light.