Succulent House Plants
People with active lifestyles often do not have the time to care for their regular houseplants compared with the no-nonsense succulent house plants. On the go most of the day, busy people sometimes neglect their indoor plants, forget to water, don't fertilize enough, leave the plant too long in the direct sun among other things.
Busy people can neglect their house plants and still be successful indoor gardeners by choosing succulents as their house plants. In winter homes are often too dry for many houseplants. This is where succulents come in, they like dry arid climates because they can store water in their leaves, stems, and roots.
- Choosing Succulent House Plants
- Potting Your Succulent House Plant
- Species Of Succulent House Plants
- Check Out These Succulent Plants For Your House
Choosing Succulent House Plants
Growing succulents indoors presents a small challenge, as succulents prefer an abundance of light, some direct sunlight and others bright but indirect sunlight. If you're planning on putting your succulents down in your man cave or basement, they're not going to fair very well. Do your research and learn the succulents that are best suited for indoor growing. Knowing which succulents thrive best indoors will make it easier in choosing the right plants for your home.
One of the best things to learn about growing succulents they need soil that drains quickly and dry out completely. Succulents do not like sitting in damp soil. Many beginner succulent house plant growers have killed their cacti because they did not fully understand this principle.
Potting Your Succulent House Plant
Once you have picked the succulents that are going to become your houseplants, planting them in the proper soil mixture is next. Planting your succulent house plant in the appropriate soil for adequate water drainage is essential. The pot should have drain holes to allow water to flow out.
Block the drains hole(s) with large enough stones to prevent soil from falling out. A combination of pumice and sand goes on top the rock and fill almost to the top of the pot.
When you first get a succulent plant fresh out the ground (not a store brought one), you'll want to clean most of the soil off the roots that came with it. This soil is too dense for the plant, clean as much soil off as you can without damaging the roots. Now place it on top of the prepared succulent soil (gravel, sand, and pumice mix).
Now place the succulent potting soil over the roots. Leave room at the top to cover the plant's roots with decorative gravel. Press down gently on top of the roots to hold them in place. Let your freshly potted succulent house plant to sit for two or three days giving the roots time to heal before you water the plant.
Fact Check: Not all succulents are cacti, all cacti are succulents.
Species Of Succulent House Plants
Knowing what species of succulents make the best houseplants is the first step in choosing a succulent house plant. To aid in selecting the right species for your home, take a look at some specific species to learn what level of care they require.
Burro's Tail (Sedum Morganiaum)
A native of Mexico, this succulent house plant has gray-green or gray-blue 3-foot long overhanging leaves prefers medium to high sunlight. Keep
Fertilize once in summer with a balanced 10-10-10 formula. The soil should be slightly dry between waterings, keep the ground dry during winter months. Avoid touching this succulent as the leaves tend to fall when handled. Place burro's tail out of reach to protect this succulent house plant from damage. Avoid exposing burro's tail to direct sunlight.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
This succulent house plant has been known to take a beating. Forgotten dead-looking snake plants have jumped back to life when watered. The plant has long pointed leaves with patterns that resemble markings of certain snakes. Snake plant can remain potted for years, letting the rhizomes clump into a ball.
Too much water causes leaf and crown rot, the soil should be slightly dried out between waterings. Snake plant succulent tolerates low light but is at its best in medium to high light. Snake plant does not need fertilizer, if you feel the need, apply 10-10-10 once a year. To keep the plant looking good prune out any damaged leaves.
Medicine Plant (Aloe Vera)
This succulent plant has been used as medicine for centuries in treating wounds and sunburn. Be careful, there are sharp "teeth" around the margins the leaf that can cut. Put this succulent house plant in a safe place to avoid any injuries. The Aloe should dry out between waterings and not allowed to stand in water. Aloe vera prefers direct sunlight but will do fine in the highest amount of light that's possible. No need to fertilize in winter, apply 10-10-10 three times during the summer.
Jade Plant (Crassula Avata)
The jade plant is easy to grow and is an old-fashioned favorite as the succulent house plant. Native to South Africa, Jade plant grows thick stems as well as thick glossy green leaves tinged in red. Soil must be dry between waterings Jade plant can perish from too much water.
Don't wait to water the jade plant when its leaves begin to pucker or lose their shine, this is a sign of stress.
Pot Jade plant in terra-cotta to allow for air circulation through the soil and to balance this top-heavy plant. Use only 10-10-10 fertilizer and apply three times during summer. To keep jade plant symmetrical prune as needed so it won't become lop-sided and topple the plant over.
Pincushion Cactus (Mammillaria)
A native of Mexico, pincushion cacti is one the most common succulent houseplants to be grown indoors. They require full sunlight and tend to remain small whether a single ball or a clump. Pincushions cacti often flower indoor, their spines are sharp and painful to remove as the ends have hooks on them.
The pincushion cacti grow best in full sunlight, the soil is as almost dried out between waterings. No water during winter as the cold dormant time is needed for flowering. Fertilize three times only in summer with 10-10-10 fertilizer.
When picking succulent houseplants for growing indoors knowing what species thrives best indoors will help with that decision. Once the succulent house plant has settled into the environment of your home taking care of it is easy. Water as needed, prune to keep the plant looking good and propagate to get more plants.
Check Out These Succulent Plants For Your House
We've compiled a list of succulent plants for your house below. All of these are found on Amazon, so when you're finding succulents online, you'll be dealing with a trusted vendor.