Low-maintenance plants are becoming more and more popular with time, mostly due to our busy lives. This is why succulents are one of the most wanted plants. They are not only easy to care for but are also suitable for growing in containers.
Choose one of these ten stylish succulents we suggest as they are all low-maintenance and simply gorgeous.
1. Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphii)
Sedum adolphii, commonly known as Golden Sedum, will make a great addition to your garden. What makes this species special and one of the best to grow in your home or garden is that it changes color. It will turn brighter orange when exposed to the sun, which is why it is perfect for planting along with blue and silver-colored plants. The star-shaped flowers will add charm to any garden. Not to mention it is low maintenance and drought tolerant.
2. Mexican Snowball (Echeveria elegans)
Echeveria elegans, commonly known as Mexican Snowball, is a classic succulent most widely present in homes and gardens. It grows well indoors and out in both cool and hot temperatures. What makes it one of the most popular succulents is their ability to thrive on any condition, which means that even poor soil and a tiny container is enough to grow them. In addition, it does not need fertilizer and requires very little water.
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera, formerly known as Aloe barbadensis, can be grown outside and inside. As with any succulent, watering should be minimal during winter, while in summer, you should soak the soil then let it dry before watering it again. Choose a wide pot instead of a deep one when replanting because of its shallow roots. Aloe vera is easily propagated. Just remove the offsets produced around the base of a mature plant when they are a couple of inches tall.
4. Donkey's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Sedum morganianum, popularly called Donkey's Tail, is a beautiful bluish-green colored succulent. When it blooms, tiny little red flowers appear. If you want to grow this beautiful succulent, all you need to know is that it needs gritty soil, good drainage, sunshine, and protection from freezing temperatures. This means you can grow it both indoors and in your garden. The only downfall is its delicacy. The leaves will fall off at the slightest touch. The good thing is that you can use the fallen leaves to propagate new plants.
5. Zebra Plant (Haworthiopsis attenuata, formerly known as Haworthia attenuata)
You will quickly fall in love with this beautiful succulent. Its beautifully patterned leaves with a leathery surface, the small, simple white flowers it produces, and the fact that it is one of the easiest plants to grow, make Haworthiopsis attenuata a favorite plant. This succulent has only two enemies, frost and excess water. If you live in a colder climate, keep it inside, at least during the winter.
6. Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius'
Echeverias are among the most popular succulents, and Echeveria 'Lady Aquarius' is surely the favorite among them. It looks like a ruffly underwater sea anemone, forming a loose rosette that grows to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. You can grow this beautiful succulent even if you are a beginner gardener, as it is tough and resilient. To keep your plant happy and healthy, place it in full sun, and provide good drainage.
7. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Crassula ovata, commonly known as Jade Plant, is one of the most popular succulents, especially as a houseplant. Just like any other succulent, it prefers intense light and well-draining soil. However, it can tolerate low light and requires minimal watering. It is very easy to propagate it by simply rooting a cutting of the stem or leaves. Jade Plants' leaves are rubbery to the touch and quite flexible. If grown in intense light, it will get a beautiful red margin.
8. Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Kalanchoe is a succulent praised for its beautiful flowers, and Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is the most popular and common species. It can have orange, pink, red, white, or red flowers, and some cultivars have double flowers. It blooms in winter, making it even more wanted in every home garden. This attractive plant is low-maintenance like any other succulent and will thrive perfectly in full sun with very little water. However, be aware that the frost will hurt it.
9. Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoriae-reginae)
Agaves are native to the Americas. They are among the most popular succulents due to their rosette shape, drought resistance, and low maintenance. The blooming happens once as the plant will die afterward. Agave victoriae-reginae is probably the favorite among Agave species. It grows to the size of a soccer ball over time.
10. Black Rose (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop')
Aeoniums are popular succulents because they resemble big fleshy-petalled daisies, and of course, they are easy to grow both in your home and in your garden. Many species, cultivars, and hybrids are out there, but Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' is surely a show stopper with its magenta-black. In winter, bright yellow flowers contrast with the dark foliage. For best results, provide full sun and well-drained soil.
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