Top 6 Indoor Succulents How To Care For Them
For many years now people have been growing indoor plants and sometimes haven’t succeeded. If you are one of the many people who have struggled then you should maybe consider indoor succulents. They are the easiest to care for indoor plants and survive with minimal effort.
The key to the plant’s survival is they have adapted to dry indoor environments perfectly due to their thick stems, enlarged roots and fleshy leaves. Due to these adaptations, the plants can hold more water than normal allowing them to survive longer.
In general, our homes have very dry air which doesn’t allow many plants to survive and low humidity within our homes is another factor, however, indoor succulents can survive in these conditions. They do extremely well in our homes, especially within the winter months and survive with ease.
In this article, I will be sharing with you the top 6 indoor succulents and how to properly care for them.
Top 6 Succulents
Crown of Thorns
The crown of thorns is a very vine like plant with thorns that are popular as an indoor plant and sometimes a garden shrub. The flowering of these plants happen year round but is shown most within the winter months.
The appearance of this plant has stout grey thorns and oval leaves that tend to drop as they age. It also has a cluster of small flowers surrounded by two light red leaf like structures that live below the flowers.
Crown of thorns is a fairly hardy plant and can thrive in many types of conditions. It highly benefits from very light maintenance as it matures, you should lightly prune it. By the time it reaches the end of the growing seasons you should start to remove any older leaves and branches that lack leaves to stimulate the new growth in spring.
With this, you should remove any dead leaves, dropped leaves and any flowers that have begun to deteriorate and allow the soil to thoroughly dry so that it reduces the likeliness of any fungal infections. If you happen to notice any rotting or any brown patches on stems of leaves you should ensure to trim these until it reaches healthy tissue again to prevent it from spreading.
When watering this plant you should water it well and then leave the soil to dry around 50% before watering again during growing season. After the plant stops flowering, you should reduce the amount of water but never let it dry out completely as this can cause roots to rot and become damaged.
Burro’s tail has a look of woven leaves and is a grey to green colour or even a bluish green colour. It may have a slightly chalky look, however, this is of no concern as its natural in this plant. It produces very long stems that hang over similar to the way some bonsai trees do but it has a very different look with its long fleshy leaves.
To care for this plant, you should place it in a shaded area that still gets some bright light or in an area with partial sun. If you fail to provide these conditions then your plant will actually burn under the hot sun.
As for watering, you should be careful not to overwater as the leaves store water and will rot if you provide too much. Watering around every 10-15 days should be great for this plant, just give it a thorough drink when doing so. When the days are warmer, you should water it around every 9-12 days to ensure it doesn’t dry out.
Pincushion cactus is a somewhat upside down pineapple shape that varies from a brownish colour to a bright green or deep forest green. Certain strains of this plant grow bright pink/purple flowers on top and are very spiny.
Being a very simple plant, they don’t take much care and are one of the better plants for beginners. You should plant it in very gritty soil that has been well drained and allowed to completely dry out between waterings.
To water this plant you should do so moderately and as extra care, feed every two to three weeks with a liquid feed. In the winter you should keep the pincushion cactus almost completely dry.
The snake plant almost looks similar to aloe vera plants but tend to stand more straight than growing out towards the sides and have thicker leaves. During the mature times, the leaves will be a dark green with light grey bands across it and sometimes a lighter green outline on the leaves.
To properly care for a snake plant, you should position it in an east, west or north window placement at any time throughout the year. If you place it in a south facing a window, ensure it is at least one foot from the window and turned to its side year round.
If possible, use some sheer drapes in order to filter the intense sunlight hours and turn the pot in quarter turns every week for even exposure to the sun. Like the pincushion cactus, you should allow it to dry between waterings and water less during the winter months.
The ponytail palm is somewhat of an unusual plant. It has a bulb shaped trunk and very long curly leaves that are a bright green to dark green colouring and it’s quite visually appealing. The ponytail palm isn’t actually a palm nor a tree, it’s actually a part of the agave family.
This is one of the plants that need very little care as it actually requires dry soil in order to thrive. You should water this plant from spring and throughout the fall and allow the soil to dry on the surface before watering again. Only water occasionally during winter months.
You should fertilize your plant once a year in the spring and move to a brighter room in the summer months. The only other care that a ponytail palm needs is to be repotted every other year in a contained that is an inch or two bigger than the last.
Jade plants are actually considered to be a lucky plant and this is why many people choose to have them in their homes. It;s an evergreen plant with thick branches and shiny, smooth, fleshy leaves that grow in opposite pairs along the branches. These plants are usually a very rich green colour but can sometimes appear yellow.
You should ensure when caring for your jade plant to water it properly, you can’t let out completely, however, you can’t water it too often either. These conditions will cause it to contract root rot very quickly. You shouldn’t have a schedule to water your jade plant rather water it when the soil begins to feel dry.
Unlike the other succulents on this list, jade actually needs full sunlight to grow properly or their growth will be stunted. The only other care requirement for jade is to fertilize it every 6 months or so and continue to water it as normal.
Indoor succulents can make an amazing feature to your home and look very attractive. They are among the easiest plants to care for and require very minimal effort to do so, anyone can successfully keep succulents and have them thrive within your home.