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Succulents are a type of plant that thrives in various temperatures and are easy to care for. They store water in their leaves, and they’re pest-resistant too, so they can withstand minimal watering and attention and still grow in your home. That said, certain indoor plants require different conditions, so read on to learn about the five succulents easiest to grow at home and what you should know for each one.
1. Aloe vera
Having an aloe plant is useful because the aloe gel inside the plant can be used on your skin to reduce blemishes. This succulent needs bright light and should be placed in south- or west-facing windows. Similar to cacti, aloe vera lives best in dry conditions and planted in cactus potting soil.
Additionally, aloe vera plants grow properly when their soil becomes completely dry before being watered again. During watering, the soil should be thoroughly drenched and the water should freely drain.
2. Snake plant
One of the easiest succulents to cultivate, snake plants can live on a small amount of water. Native to southern Africa, snake plants are adapted to dry soil, so watering them too frequently can lead to root rot.
Similar to aloe vera and cacti, a snake plant’s soil needs to dry between waterings. Although snake plants can tolerate low-light areas, they prefer bright, indirect sunlight.
Cacti come in a plethora of varieties. One popular indoor plant is the pincushion cactus, a low-maintenance cactus for beginners, that doesn’t grow larger than six inches in height. This variety of cacti is ball or barrel-shaped and covered with white spines.
Cacti favor growing in a dry environment with their soil being dry to the touch between waterings. These succulents need well-drained, gritty soil with a sandy topsoil.
4. Zebra plant
Native to Brazil, this tropical succulent requires a significant amount of moisture. Zebra plants are thus strongest in rich soil that holds moisture. Its soil is in top condition when it is moist with regular waterings. Zebra plants are ideal for someone who lives in a warmer climate, with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Jade plant
Jade plants are great succulents that are tough to kill. These hardy succulents adapt well to warm, dry conditions with bright, indirect light.
During the growing seasons of spring and fall, jade plants should be watered thoroughly and left to dry out fully between waterings. You can water a jade plant once a week or once a month depending on how much the soil dries out.
During the dormant seasons of winter and fall, keep the jade plant’s soil drier. Its leaves must be left dry since jade plants are susceptible to rot.
Similar to a bonsai plant, jade plants have a thick trunk with branches. In the right environmental conditions, some varieties of the jade plant can develop white or pink flowers.
Different kinds of succulents require varying degrees of water and sunlight. Since succulents store their water in their leaves and you don’t need to water them every day, they are perfect low-maintenance decorations. Succulents can grow to be strong and healthy in an office or your home with bright, indirect light. Choosing the right succulent for your home and tastes will ensure a beautiful and healthy plant that lives a long time.