8 most popular succulents
that will lift your mood!

Succulents are the proven mood-boosters. But have you ever got confused in picking one for your room? If you did, it's time to pick one that suits you the best.

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Jimena Bolívar

March 30, 2021


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Introduction

Succulents are everywhere. Their ability to lift the mood has contributed to their popularity. While succulents are becoming a part of many households, choosing one for your room or garden can be difficult. This is because there are plenty of them out there.

60 different plant species having over 10,000 varieties can be categorized as succulents.

To make things easier, succulents can broadly be classified into two types: indoor and outdoor succulents. Indoor succulents are small and prosper in low-light conditions. Outdoor succulents are big and need more sunlight to thrive.

Depending on their sales data in the US, following are the 4 most popular indoor and outdoor succulents respectively: Jade Plant, Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Hen and Chicks, Whale’s Tongue Agave, Stonecrop, and Ball Cactus

Room succulents are very low-maintenance. They require little to no watering as they are known for storing water in their leaves, stems, or roots. There is a wide variety of indoor succulents to choose from. Following is a pictorial list of most sold indoor succulents that will help you select one for your room.

1. Jade Plant

A succulent of African origin, Jade Plant, is now a part of many households across the globe. It often goes by its scientific name crassula ovata. Jade plant is also called money plant. In many cultures, owning one is considered as a sign of increased wealth and prosperity. As with almost every succulent, Jade Plant requires little care. Easy handling and small size makes it an ideal candidate for indoor plantation.

Beware! Jade Plant is toxic to dogs and cats.

Jade Plant is pleasing to the eyes too. It is an evergreen plant that gives a fresh look to your room. Green color of Jade plant particularly goes well with light walls especially white background.

An indoor Jade Plant

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera , known for its skin benefits, is growingly becoming a popular indoor plant. Apart from skin benefits, check these other benefits of Aloe Vera:

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Aloe Vera juice works wonders on a number of issues like: help irritated skin, to soothe and provide moisture, and so much more topical and internal benefits!

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The leaves of Aloe Vera, on an average, grow up to 2 feet in length. Small size makes it portable. Moreover, its prolific growth makes it a cheaper option too. If you are looking for a budget plant for small rooms, Aloe Vera is a great choice. Not only is Aloe Vera cheap, but it is also very pleasing to the eyes. Its dark green color is soothingly pleasant and gives the viewer a refreshing feel.

Aloe Vera in study room

3. Snake Plant

Known by its scientific name, Dracaena trifasciata, Snake Plant is also a good option for indoor plantation. Its small size, 3-4 feet, makes it an ideal candidate for your room.

Studies have shown that higher room oxygen levels improve your sleep."

If you’re someone who does not like the yellow borders of Snake plant leaves surrounding the green-leafy center, this fact may help you like the plant more: Snake Plant not only releases oxygen at night, it also converts the released carbon dioxide into oxygen thereby enriching oxygen level in your room.

Snake Plant in a pot

4. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy goes by its scientific name Epipremnum aureum. The fact that it remains green even in dark spaces makes it a suitable plant for indoors. This plant does not have slender leaves like Aloe Vera. Instead, its leaves spread laterally making it perfect for packed spaces.

According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Devil’s Ivy is listed as toxic to cats and dogs

Usually Devil’s Ivy has green leaves. However, in moist conditions, its leaves can turn yellow. Therefore, it is recommended not to water this plant more than it requires to avoid yellowing of leaves.

Devil's Ivy in a clay pot

Common Garden Succulents

Unlike indoor succulents, outdoor plants of this category are generally bigger in size. In addition to this, garden succulents require more light for growth. Bigger size and more light requirement is what makes these succulents ideal for gardens. Following pictorial guide will help you get one for your garden.

1. Hen and Chicks

Hens and Chicks are among the most common garden succulents. They got their name from the pattern in which they grow: the mother plant, hen, is at the center of the rosette and daughter plants, chicks, at its rim. Chicks formation makes these plants sprawl horizontally. Due to this reason, these plants are suitable for gardens.

Did you know there are over 3,000 varieties belonging to Hen and Chicks type succulent.

The rosette formed by Hen and Chicks is usually green in color. However, excessive watering can make the Hen part yellowish in color. So, if you are planning to get one, make sure you don’t water the plant excessively.

An outdoor Hen and Chicks plant

2. Whale’s Tongue Agave

Having yellowish-green leaves, this plant will make your garden look apart. These plants have an average height of 4 feet and can grow up to 6 feet in width. If you love the humming of birds in your garden, then this succulent is for you as this plant is known for attracting birds.

You can use these succulents as the border plants for your garden. Their sharp thorns will keep unwanted visitors away from your garden.

Whale's Tongue Agave in a garden

3. Stonecrop

Stonecrop succulents come in a variety of colors. So, if your garden needs some color, this plant is up for grabs. The plant comes in green, pink, and silver colors. Its watery colorful leaves will certainly make your garden prettier!

Apart from color, you can also choose between horizontal sprawling and vertical sprawling stonecrop succulents. If you have packed space in your garden, you can go for the latter as it covers less surface area.

Different shades of Stonecrop plant

4. Ball Cactus

Known by it scientific name, parodia magnifica, Ball Cactus is another popular garden succulent. The unique shape of this plant can be a nice addition to your garden. The shape of the plant is like a hollow sphere having green color. Along the circumference of the green sphere, there are silver spikes that add to the aesthetics of the plant.

If you are looking to add variety to your garden, this plant should be your go to choice. Its unique shape could well be its selling point for you.

A Ball Cactus in all its glory, round and magical!

Conclusion

While there are plenty of options to choose your next succulent, I purposefully kept this list short. When I was looking to buy one for my room, the long lists had me. I hope I have made your journey to owning a succulent easier. If you are up for one fine addition to your room/garden, you can get them here.

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By Jimena Bolívar

Easy Succulents Founder

My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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My name is Jimena and I'm the the founder of Easy Succulents! I'm fascinated by this wonderful plants and I want to share with the world everything I know about them!

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