Despite the popularity of succulents many people know surprisingly little about them and assume all succulents are the same. To some extent, a large number of succulents are the same in the sense that they are hardy, can survive in poor soils and spread quite fast. But then there are those that are the exact opposite and need a bit of extra care to thrive.
One of the biggest mistakes people do with succulents is trying to grow the sun loving types indoors as house plants. This often ends in death and shrivelled/mushy or extremely stretched plants. While succulents might look spectacular in pots and arrangements, the great majority need sunlight and good airflow to survive.
The only time we have heard of people having success with growing plants such as Echeveria indoors was if they had a sunroom or large windows that would let sunlight in for 4-5 hours per day. Unfortunately, most houses do not the luxury of window walls and sunrooms. If you do have an exceptionally bright home, but not enough sun, you could help your sun-loving plants along with growing lights. These can be purchased from Amazon and have very good reviews.
So which succulents are best suited to be grown indoors? The good news is that there are a few shade-tolerant succulents that can be grown in a bright spot inside. The bad news is that most are not as pretty or colourful as some of the outdoor, sun-loving types.
Here are some of our favourite succulents for growing indoors as house-plants.
Haworthia Attenuata 'Zebra Plant'
Most Haworthias are shade tolerant and suitable for a bright spot indoors. Haworthia Attenuata is a lovely, small growing Haworthia with white, horizontal stripes across dark green, pointy, long leaves.
It is very easy to grow and can survive on minimal water.
Sansevieria 'Mother In-law's Tongue'
Sansevierias tolerate quite a deep shade and should survive in places that do not have a lot of natural light. Deeper the shade, slower the growth though.
The one thing that can kill a Sansevieria is too much water. It is best that the pot has drainage holes and that the potting mix is light and free-draining.
Peperomia Graveolens is a bit special as it is colourful and it tolerates shade. It can be a bit tricky as it is susceptible to rot if overwatered and it also needs a bright spot next to a window.
Ceropegia Woodii 'Chain Of Hearts'
Both the Variegated and regular Chain of Hearts are absolutely gorgeous and very happy indoors. As this is a trailing plant, it can be grown in hanging pots or placed up high with the strings hanging down furniture.
Senecio Rowleyanus 'String of Pearls'
Another lovely trailing plant with pea-shaped leaves growing on 'strings'.
A cute chunky plant with opposite leaves. Great for small pots.
Aloe Vera is said to have medicinal and air cleaning properties and so is a particularly useful indoor plant.
Grafted Cacti are 2 different types of cactus growing as one. They come in a variety of colours (orange, red, purple, pink, yellow) and can add some nice colour to your home. They are quite hardy but cannot be overwatered as they are susceptible to rot.