Succulent Plants for Beginners
Have you caught the succulent bug but don't know where to start? Succulent plants have really made their way up the garden ladder with their drought tolerant reputation and not to mention their drop dead gorgeous colors, shapes, textures, and forms. Being a succulent addict myself I have been collecting these types of plants for a few years now and have killed many due to root rot, sunburn, overwatering, under watering, insufficient light, and from pest. The succulents that I will go through in todays blog will be the one's I have grown and successfully taken care of with ease.
Rule of thumb for succulent plants:
- porous soil
- good airflow
- bright indirect light or morning sunlight only
- water every two weeks
- Adromischus Cristatus Key Lime Pie
- Crassula Perfeorata Variegata
- Crassula Silver Dollar
- Echeveria Colorata
- Echeveria Subsessilis Morning Beauty
- Echeveria Topsy Turvy
- Graptoveria Bashful
- Graptoveria Moonglow
- Haworthia Venosa Tessellata
- Haworthia Fasciata Zebra Haworthia
Adromischus Cristatus 'Key Lime Pie'
Native to South Africa from the Crassulaceae family, key lime pie is a green succulent with triangular shaped leaves with scalloped or crinkled wide tips that grow on short stems with brown fine aerial roots. Best if planted or kept in bright indirect light with good airflow. Will bloom white tubular flowers on long stems that grow from the center of the plant, the blooms will attract pollinators to your garden. Adromischus will develop arms or other branches creating a small shrub like shape. It is easy to propagate by leaf. This succulent will add texture to your arrangements or will look beautiful in a red, yellow or blue planter.
Crassula Perforata Variegata 'Necklace Vine'
Native to the south and eastern cape province in South Africa from the Crassulaceae family, necklace vine is a stacked light green plant with yellow and creamy white variegation. This succulent will grow up to 2 feet tall on long thin stems with square like leaves that grow on top of one another. With sufficient sun this crassula will develop a hot pink tint on the margins of its leaves, making it quite showy. In the Spring this plant will bloom pale yellow tiny clusters of flowers, that will attract pollinators to your garden. Once established this succulent will develop branches and grow tall and wide creating sprawling shrubs. Excellent to add height to your garden or even as a spiller for your succulent arrangements.
Crassula Arborescens 'Silver Dollar Plant'
Native to the western and eastern Cape Province in South Africa from the Crassulaceae family, this plant grows thick wide stems and long oval shaped leaves with dark red margins. The top surface of their leaves have small dots all around that will turn red in full sun. A silver green plant with a top coat of white powder on it's leaves to protect it from the sun, a natural sunscreen succulents develop called farina. This Crassula will become top heavy due to it's big plump leaves, so make sure to prune this plant to avoid broken stems. The silver dollar plant blooms small white clusters of flowers during the Winter season. This plant will propagated easily from leaf and multiples buy developing arms or branches creating a shrub like shape. It will grow up to 5ft. tall and will do best in full sun.
Native to Mexico from the city of Jalisco from the Crassulaceae family. E. Colorata is a silver blue succulent with dense compact rosettes with pointy long red tipped leaves. They grow big and off set chicks or pups at the base of the plant and will easily propagate by leaf. A plant that can take full sun and will bloom yellow blooms from Spring through Fall that attract pollinators to your garden. This succulent makes for an attractive focal point in your garden and succulent arrangements.
Echeveria Subsessilis 'Morning Beauty'
Native to Mexico from the Crassulaceae family this plant is one of our personal favorites here at Succy Crafts. A grey blue colored succulent that will develop a soft pink hue if planted in partial or bright indirect light. The spear like leaves grow upright forming full delicate rosettes. A succulent plant used for bridal bouquets and forcenterpieces because of it's dainty soft look and pastel color. This plant off sets chicks or pups that create wide clusters of plants, and will propagate easily by leaf. In the Spring, yellow and orange blooms appear on long arching flower stems that grow from the center of the rosette, attracting pollinators and hummingbirds to your garden.
Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'
Native to Mexico from the Crassulaceae family, topsy turvy is a unique silver blue succulent with long narrow inversely keeled leaves. A fast growing plant that will grow up to 12 inches wide forming chicks or pups at the base of their stems forming big clusters and will also propagate easily by leaf. Will do well in full sun or shade and will keep it's powdery blue hue all year round. In the Summer season this succulent will bloom yellow and orange star shaped flowers, that will welcome pollinators and hummingbirds to your drought tolerant garden.
Native to North America from the Crassulaceae family. Graptoveria 'Bashful' is a light green glossy succulent, that grows round dense rosettes that are known to grow over 8 inches wide. If exposed to full sun this succulent will turn hot pink and will multiply easily, creating large clusters of plants. In Spring this plant blooms big star shaped light pink flowers. Best used as a filler for your succulent arrangements and will add a pop of color and texture to your succulent garden.
Native to Mexico from the Crassulaceae family, Graptoveria moonglow is a mint colored succulent with light pink margins on their leaves. They form tight round compact clusters of plants that do well in sun or shade. Will keep it's mint hue all year round and bloom bright golden flowers in the Spring. Best used in rock gardens or to add a soft touch to your succulent arrangements, due to its delicate pastel color and round shape.
Haworthia Venosa subsp. Tessellata
Native to Namibia and South Africa and belongs to the Xanthorrhoeaceae family. Haworthia varieties in my personal experience are the easiest to successfully grow indoors or outdoors. They remain compact and green and tend to multiply spreading up to 8 inches wide. Haworthia tessellata is a stemless succulent plant that grows thick plump leaves that grow in a spiral form. The leaves are recurved with a wide base and a pointy tip, like the shape of a triangle. Haworthia varieties have translucent leaves that let the sunlight in, like windows in a house. That is the way they absorb their growing energy. Venosa tessellata leaves have tessellated square patterns that make it look like scales but is smooth to the touch, like the skin on a snake. Long thin bloom stalks will grow from the center of their rosettes and bloom white small tubular flowers that humming birds love to feed on. Best if planted or placed in bright indirect sunlight, if kept in full sun it will develop a copper tone. A perfect plant to display in wide shallow bowls, to give it space to create clusters of plants.
Haworthia Fasciata 'Zebra Haworthia'
Native to the eastern cape in South Africa the zebra haworthia is from the Xanthorrhoeaceae family. The name 'Zebra Haworthia' comes from the white horizontal stripes that beautifully adorn their dark green pointy leaves. The rosettes create a star shaped and can grow to be 8 inches wide. Keep in bright indirect sunlight to keep it's dark green color. A perfect succulent to keep in your office or inside your home on a windowsill. It will produce multiple pups at the base of the plant making attractive striped clusters of plants. Plant in a shady location in your desert landscape or in shallow wide planters. Long thin flower stalks will grow from the center of their rosettes forming small dainty white tubular flowers for pollinators in your garden to enjoy.
So there you have it! My top ten picks for the succulent newbie.
May this blog give you the courage to start your very own succulent garden. As you can see all ten succulents are beautiful and unique in their own way. Having a garden of my own brings me closer to nature and brings happiness into my life, I'm wishing the same for you.
Best of luck Thank you!
Photographed and written by Mel Zuniga