Succulents

Intensely colorful, fleshy, architectural and easy to care for, succulents find their way into all kinds of horticultural applications: landscapes, dish gardens and garden containers, terrariums, vertical gardens, rock gardens, and along pathways.  Succulents can provide interest to almost any area where there is adequate light.

Technically speaking, all cactus are succulents, but all cactus are not succulents. Cold hardy succulents like Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks and Delosperma (Ice Plant) create conservation-minded landscapes in all climates. More tender succulents like Aloe, Aeonium, Echiveria, Crassula (Jade) and Senecio are ideal for our climate and also make great indoor plants thanks to their ability to withstand dry, arid indoor conditions. Once gardeners discover the multitude of fascinating shapes and colors and how easy these plants are to grow, they can’t stop adding succulents to their planting palette.


12 Easy To Grow Succulents

Burro's Tail Succulent

1. Burro’s tail

Sedum Morganianum - This succulent is a silvery lime green plant with wiry stems covered in short fat leaves. It makes a wonderful trailer in containers or all on its own in hanging baskets.




Graptosedum California Sunset Succulent

2. Graptosedum

'California Sunset' - The Echeveria like rosettes are blue-green, while the tips of the leaves are shades of orangish-pink that deepen with sun exposure. Easy to propatate.




Pencil Cactus Succulent

3. Pencil Cactus

Euphorbia tirucalli - This plant is also known as Milkbush (due to the cloudy sap it releases when injured). The branches are the diameter of a pencil, lending to the name. This plant LOVES the light and requires high levels of sun. New growth on the ends may be pink and host tiny leaves that disappear as the branch matures.


Jade Plant - Crassula Ovata Succulent

4. Jade Plant

Crassula Ovata - A very popular succulent, it tolerates some neglect and overwatering and does well in low light. The Jade Plant has oblong, fleshy, shiny, green leaves that may show red tints when grown in direct sun.



Pachyveria Glauca Little Jewel Succulent

5. Pachyveria Glauca

‘Little Jewel’ - This succulent produces lots of new fun offsets. Tolerant of some overwatering, it’s relatively easy to propagate. The color is unique and is a beautiful accent to other succulents.




Snake Plant - Sansevieria Trifasciata

6. Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Sansevieria Trifasciata - A plant that tequires very little light and water, but tolerates some overwatering. Unique color and shape make it a great plant all on its own or as the height in containers.



Coppertone Stonecrop Succulent

7. Coppertone Stonecrop

Sedum Nussbaumerianum - This succulent offers a stunning orange color in full sun. Very tolerable to heat, drought and even over watering. It even flowers pure white flowers in January through April. Easy to propagate.



Crassula Gollum

8. Crassula Gollum

This succulent is another variety of Jade Plant but this one has unusual tubular shaped leaves that become tinted red along their concave tips when weather becomes cooler. Tolerates neglect.




Thimble Cactus Succulent

9. Thimble Cactus

Mammillaria Gracilis Fragilis - Very tolerant of drought. Acts as a great texture in container gardens and other arrangements. It is a small cactus with slender, cylindrical stems and chalky white radial spines.



String of Pearls

10. String of Pearls

Senecio rowleyanus - An easy succulent to grow indoors and out. The string of beads, that resemble a beaded necklace with fleshy green, pea-like foliage that sprawls over the edges of containers or hanging baskets.



Paddle Plant Succulent

11. Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora - This is an unusual-looking succulent, that grows in a rosette of flat, round leaves. It adds bold texture with gray-green leaves that will become tinged in red when exposed to sun.




Hen and Chicks Succulents

12. Hen and chicks

Member of the Sempervivum - Also known as houseleeks, these amazing little rosette shaped plants produce numerous babies (chicks). Sempervivum literally means “live forever” which couldn’t be more the case for these succulents that propagate easily. The grow well indoors and out, in cool or hot temperatures.


Gardening Essentials for Cactus and Succulents

Schultz Cactus Plant Food

Schultz Cactus Plant Food

  • 4 oz.
  • Liquid Plant Food
  • Plus Micronutrients
  • Feeds every time you water through the roots

E.B. Stone Organics Cactus Mix

Cactus Mix

  • E.B. Stone Organics
  • 1.5 cu ft. Bag
  • An ideal potting mix for all types of indoor cactus and succulents. Contains: Fir Bark, Lava Rock, Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, Sand and Aged Redwood.

Pacific Home and Garden Low Container Bowls

Low Container Bowls

  • Pacific Home and Garden
  • Assorted Sizes
  • The color these bowls simply accent the beautiful colors of succulents and cactus.

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