Succulent plants are drought resistant plants in which leaves, stems and roots become fleshy by developing water storing tissues. Because of this reason succulent plants are the best to grow indoors and can survive even in unfavorable conditions. Plants adopt to live in dry environments. In addition to succulence, plants also have various other water storing mechanisms.
It’s been wonderful to know about succulent plants that makes your room better. These succulent plants are easy to grow with low-maintenance. To start growing houseplants generally prefer succulents that are popular indoor plants.
Burro’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum)
Burro’s tail is a flowering plant native to Mexico. The plant produces stems up to 60 cms long with blue-green leaves and pink or red flowers. It can grow at both indoors and outdoors. Plants usually propagated through stem or leaf cuttings. Leaves are quite delicate and ready to fall.
- Optimum temperature to grow burro’s tail is 60-70F.
- Plant eventually grows to a height of 4feet when placed in succulent mix with ph 6.
- It prefers full sunlight and moderate watering to enhance leaf coloration and strong growth.
- Use organic fertilizers such as compost or manure to boost the plant growth.
Aloe Vera is a plant species that grows well in tropical climates all over the world. It is grown for agricultural and medicinal uses. It is one of the top most air-purifying plants used for decorative purposes.
Plant emits oxygen at night times that gives our brain an adequate supply and improves quality of sleep. It is found in many products like skin lotions, cosmetics and also in beverages. It is considered as medicinal herb to treat skin problems and minor burns.
- To grow Aloe Vera plants maintain well-drain potting mix soil.
- Place it in sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours daily and water sufficiently.
- Maintain an optimum temperature of 50-60F for the plant to thrive.
- If you wish to fertilize Aloe Vera plants then prefer N-P-K fertilizer that strengthens the plant growth.
Zebra Cactus (Haworthia Fasciata)
Zebra cactus is a succulent plant species native to South Africa. The plant species are rarely cultivated and it grows to a height of 15-30 cms. Cactus has triangular shaped green leaves with narrow white strips. It is commonly grown as houseplant for its uniqueness and takes less space with no proper care.
- Use cactus, potting mix or fast-drain soil mixed with sand that covers the roots for proper drainage.
- Zebra Cactus grows well in bright light but not in direct sunlight and water the plant evenly.
- It thrives faster when you maintain the temperature between 65-70F.
- Feed the plant with slow-release liquid fertilizers a little in spring season.
Euphorbia milii is also called as crown of thorns or Christ plant. It is a species of flowering plant in the family of euphorbiaciae which is native to Madagascar. Plant grows to a height of 5 feet with spiny stems. Leaves may prolong up to 5 cm long and 2 cms broad. Flowers are small and available in red, pink or white. Sap is slightly poisonous and can cause skin or eye irritations.
- It’s not a fast growing plant so pruning is best done during cool or dry weather conditions.
- Select well-drain soil with ph reading neutral i.e.7 as eurphobia grow best in acidic or neutral soil.
- Plant should be monitored under the room temperature between 65-70F that reaches to a height of 5 feet tall.
- For this milii plant use inorganic mulches such as gravel or stones. Using organic compounds may trap moisture around the plant and encourages fungal diseases.
Lithops is a succulent plant in the family of ice plant and is native to South Africa. Individual lithop plants consists of a pair of bulblous fused leaves opposite to each other. It contains a slit between the leaves that produces yellow or white sweet-scented flowers and new leaves. Plant is adapted to arid environment and matures in autumn season.
- Lithop plants can withstand the temperature up to 120F. So provide full light as much as possible; weak light may cause elongated leaves and washout pattern on the leaves.
- They generally prefer cactus mix or potting soil incorporated with sand when placed in a pot.
- Fertilizers are not necessary in case of lithop plants. If you wish to fertilize then use low nitrogen and high potassium content fertilizers.
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Christmas cactus or schlumbergera plant species are native to coastal areas of Brazil. It can easily grow on trees and rocks in shady region with high humidity. Other popular varieties of these houseplants are crab cactus and holiday cactus and are free from pests and diseases.
- Water the plant thoroughly and allow top of the soil to dry completely.
- Use N-P-K fertilizer in the ratio of 20-20-20 or 20-10-20 for cactus plants once in a month.
- Though it can tolerate the temperature up to 100F. Best temperature to grow cactus during spring and summer season is 70-80F.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)
Ponytail palm is the species of plant in the family of Aspargaceae. It is extremely popular in Europe and grown as ornamental plant worldwide. Plant thrives well in moderate temperate zones and has the capability to store water at the base of the stem which looks like elephant foot.
- For planting ponytail palm use fast drain soil such as cactus potting mix.
- Start feeding your palm early in spring with liquid organic fertilizers or diluted chemical fertilizers once or twice in a month.
- Palm is an indoor plant when you provide enough light in room. It can bear cold temperatures down to 15F.
Snake plants are easy to take care as it requires low maintenance cost. You can water the plant a little for every week. Plants emit oxygen at night times that leads to better sleep. Also protects people from causing eye irritation, headaches and improves productivity levels. It can be used as ornamental plant for interior decoration.
- Use balanced fertilizers such as Flora-Nova (N-P-K ratio of 7-4-10) that provides micro and macro nutrients to the plants.
- They produce beautiful fragrances if you provide enough light and water to the snake plant.
- Maintain well-drain fertile soil and the best temperature to grow snake plant is 40-80F.
Panda Plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa)
Panda plant is also called as kalanchoe tomentosa. It is a succulent plant in the genus family of kalanchoe. Panda house plants are native to Madagascar. Leaves are fat, have rusty color on edges, small in size and easy to take care. They bloom very rarely when placed in indoor conditions.
- Panda plant thrives when you maintain the temperature between 60-75F.
- You can also prefer sandy or succulent potting soil and perlite mixture to boost pandas.
- You can feed panda plants once in a month with diluted fertilizers starting from spring season to the summer end.
Pencil Cactus (Eurphobia Tirucalli)
Pencil cactus plant species are widely distributed in south and central Africa. It grows in dry or warm regions and at both indoors & outdoors. They propagate flowers in multiple colors. Cactus plants are used in the production of rubber, to feed cattle and in traditional medicine to cure cancer, asthma and cough.
- Pencil cactus requires full sun to thrive and water the plant mostly during spring and summer seasons.
- It prefers an average temperature of 65-70F. Soil should be the type of well drain succulent mix with soil ph around 6 i.e. acidic.
- Proper care must be taken for the pencil cactus to avoid the sap and overwatering.
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