While succulent plants are widely known for their tolerance and low maintenance requirements, some are still considered to be easier to grow than others.
In the plant world, succulents are regarded as visually striking and memorable thanks to their unique features, colours and growth patterns. Often fleshy and somewhat engorged in nature, what most people don’t know is that Mother Nature designed them in such a fashion purely to retain water in their native arid climates and soil conditions.
Depending on the type of succulent plants you have on hand, the amount of sunlight on offer and the temperature of your region, succulents can take anywhere from three days to a few weeks to get comfortable and begin to grow. Although renowned for being easy to propagate and tolerant of both indoor and outdoor environments, what are some of the easiest succulent plants to grow for budding green thumbs?
The Ideal Succulent Plants For Beginners
Succulent plants are often the first port of call for people who fancy the idea of adding a little greenery to their home or garden, but aren’t big fans of the maintenance or the strict water requirements that usually come with it. Available in an enormous range of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, the following options have long been considered as the easiest succulent plants to grow at home.
Jade Plant – The easy going jade plant is a popular good luck charm in Asia thought to activate financial energies – so if you’re in any way, shape or form superstitious, this literal money tree makes a worthy addition to any home or garden. Jade retains water in its round leaves, so it can survive for more than a month without any attention whatsoever.
Aloe Vera – As one of the most attractive yet functional succulent plants, aloe vera is also available in a whopping five hundred different varieties. Much like other succulents, it prefers being kept on the drier side rather than having constantly damp soil. Although aloe vera does best in bright light, avoid suddenly moving it into full sun as its leaves can get burned.
Century Plant – Agave americana, otherwise known as the century plant, maguey, or American aloe, is a species that belongs to the family Asparagaceae. Originally native to Mexico and the United States, its name stems from the fact that these succulent plants can live anywhere between ten and thirty years – not quite a century, but still warrants for a worthy investment.
Flapjacks – Perfect for first time plant parents and experienced gardeners alike, flapjacks are a striking houseplant that can also be grown outside in the right temperate conditions. Also known as a paddle plant, this striking species gets its many monikers from the paddle or clam-like shape of its leaves that form in rosette clusters.
Panda Plant – Native to Madagascar, panda plants have quite a distinct look, and are known for their fuzzy, grey-green leaves that feature silvery hairs, tipped with brown or rust-colour spots. They can reach about two feet tall if kept indoors, but are known to grow very, very slowly. Give it bright light by a window, let the soil dry between waterings, and avoid getting the leaves damp.
Pigface – Despite it’s less than attractive name, pigface is a succulent that actually rewards gardeners with gorgeous pink flowers and fleshy leaves, and is an attractive ground cover succulent useful for binding sandy soils. Often found in the sand dunes at beaches in Queensland and New South Wales, this creeper will work miracles with stabilising sandy soil.
Snake Plant – Otherwise known by its alias “Mother In Law’s Tongue”, there are no stems on the snake plant – just tough, thick, and fleshy leaves that grow upright. As there are no branches, its slender profile makes it an ideal floor plant, especially if you have a small space. It’s regarded as one of the toughest succulent plants, and is extremely drought tolerant.
Considering that our backyards are getting smaller and smaller, many people opt to grow succulent plants indoors. While all house plants require their own unique approach, it’s important to protect your succulents against the more common pests and diseases. Thankfully, that process can now be done in a chemical free fashion.
Caring For Your Indoor Plants Chemical Free
While there is a wide range of solutions available on the market for outdoor plants and gardens, our indoor varieties can suffer due to poor soil health that stems from living in a confined space. As a unique liquid soil conditioner, Indoor Plant Booster is a plant food that’s perfect to keep your indoor and potted plants in tip top shape, including those that reside in pots, hanging baskets, and even those nestled on the verandah.
Indoor Plant Booster is able to kickstart your plant’s CEC, as it’s packed full of nutrients like humic acids, fulvic acids and seaweed extract. If you’re ready to give Indoor Plant Booster a try and introduce it to the flora that you share your home with, be sure to water your plants thoroughly beforehand to assist with absorption. For best results, simply pour the recommended amount directly onto the soil, ideally around the base of the plant.
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