If you’ve seen those dazzling colorful succulents on the Internet and wondered if they are even real, you’re at the right place!
Rainbow succulents are real, colorful species of succulent plants. Many succulent species will change their colors in certain conditions, such as excessive sunlight and stress. Typical ‘rainbow’ species include echeverias, sedums, aeoniums, sempervivums, euphorbias, and aloes.
However, rainbow succulents are not limited to being a collective term for multi-colored succulent plants. Rainbow succulent may differ from person to person, depending on what you want to do and what you’re looking for. Here are some ways you can go about having rainbow succulents:
Lots of sunlight is a multi-colored succulent’s best friend!
The colors of a succulent become more vibrant when exposed to a lot of sunlight. Bright areas allow colorful succulents to look more saturated.
The Echeveria rainbow succulent is the one succulent plant officially known as the rainbow succulent!
The Echeveria rainbow succulent is originally pink in color, but it changes its tones according to the seasons.
Found in Central and South America, the Echeveria rainbow succulent is the actual rainbow succulent found in nature. During one season, you will find its leaves green, whereas, in the next season, you will find it transforming into other hues!
The leaves of an echeveria rainbow succulent look tie-dyed in a dash of pink and green! However, there are echeverias that change into colors more than just pink. You can find purple and even red!
There are many succulents referred to as ‘rainbow’ because of their saturated colors!
These succulents are often referred to as rainbows because they are just so colorful! We have a variety of succulents that have the color of the rainbow. These are the plants that you can group together to form the ‘rainbow’ look.
There are many ways to compose such arrangements, but let’s have a look at the colorful succulents first- BY COLOR!
The Senecio Serpens or blue chalksticks have the boldest shade of blue. When these lovely blue succulents are exposed to sunlight, you will notice a purplish tint in them too. Full direct sunlight is not just good for their color, but it also makes these plants bloom beautiful white flowers.
The main color of these succulents is blue-green. A special thing about this plant is that it has a mix of yellow and red at the tips of the leaves. But since the color is bluish for most, this one makes it in our blue list!
The sedum reflexum or the blue spruce is distinguished by its needle shape. When given enough sunlight during the summer, the blue spruce produces yellow flowers that make an excellent contrast with the blue. The blue spruce grows quite fast!
With one of the most lush purple colors out there, the Purple Heart has hard edges. So if you want to consider them for your rainbow arrangement, it’s best for this plant to be at a place where it cannot be easily reached. However, its long needle shapes can look gorgeous even from far away!
Another echeveria succulent that turns purple when exposed to a lot of light and stress. It is also a very popular choice for wedding decoration.
This purple thorny succulent can even produce contrasting flowers in yellow, given good light. If you love cacti, this is the one for you. Although you will have to be very careful while handling it! Remember that stress is important to maintain color, so never overwater. Always allow the base of the soil to dry before watering.
The desert cabbage plant has rounded leaves with very saturated red. Although the plant is green toward the inner portion of the leaves, its brilliant red at the tips and edges of its leaves make it stand out. You can even expect yellow flowers to appear in Spring and even during winter.
This is the echeveria that turns burning red! If you are familiar with agave plants (like the blue glow agave), this Lipstick Echeveria looks quite similar! Except that this echeveria is smaller compared to the agave succulent plants.
Although the campfire plants may appear orange at first, they become red with age. So the more mature your campfire plant is, the greater its chances to have a brilliant red color.
This plant is quite tall in height and its sharp orange is just like that of fire. Sometimes, the orange is slightly pale which makes it look just like the texture of coral reef. You can expect the yellow-orange to change into red-orange during the winter season!
The yellow sempervivum plant has bright yellow leaves with red edges. This makes it an ideal choice to add it as a yellow color to any rainbow succulent arrangement.
Sempervivums come in a variety of green shades for you to choose from! Mostly though, the green houseleek is at its best when it flaunts a light green color.
Needless to say, how about choosing cacti for green? To add to the fun, many cacti even produce flowers when exposed to full sunlight!
Bring all the above succulents together to create the most amazing rainbow succulent garden ever!
A rainbow cactus? Yes, it’s an illusion of greens and pinks!
The Rainbow cactus is also known as a comb hedgehog. Cacti are those succulents that exist in a range of sizes and can produce flowers of many colors when they thrive outdoors. Similarly, the rainbow cactus has a prickly appearance but with a unique blend of pink and green that seems to glow in the light. When it grows outdoors, the dark pink flower just adds to the drama!
If you want to create a literal rainbow, you can choose to craft a variety of succulents together. Each succulent will be of a different color, like the ones listed above!
Red, yellow, blue, green… Bring succulents of all colors together!
You can have planters with a variety of succulents inside. Here are a few succulents that you can add to represent every color of the rainbow for your planter:
Remember that these succulents will have a dash of green to them and not completely be of the color they are listed against.
The best way to have faux rainbow succulents is to either manipulate real ones or craft them out of clay.
Love the look of rainbow succulents but don’t want to commit to plant care? How about replicating a rainbow succulent or planter instead?
Polymer clay can be baked hard, unlike plasticine that remains soft and prone to change.
Of all the types of clay available in the market, plasticine and polymer are the ones easily available. You don’t need to use moulds to craft the plants. Simply follow the picture of the plant you want to replicate and use your hands to craft its stem and leaves! You can choose whatever size you want.
You can actually dye your succulent plants with food coloring if you do it the right way!
It is possible to use food dyes to color your succulents, if a step-by-step procedure is followed.
If you’re deciding to use food colors to create a bunch of colorful rainbow succulents, you need to follow these steps:
Prepare an Effective Coloring Mix You would need half a cup of water, and in contrast, just a few drops of dye.
Preparing the Succulent for Dying
Repotting the Dyed Plant
After you’re done repotting your plant, the roots will eventually grow again in the new soil. You will notice the color of your plant changing after a few days.
Do not water your succulents after repotting!
Do not immediately water your succulent in its new pot. Allow it to develop roots and make use of the dyed solution it was put into for almost 12 hours. Your succulent plant will be forced to use the stored water and eventually turn into the color that was used in the solution.
Never paint your succulent plant!
Dyes and paints are meant to behave differently. While many shops may use paints, they are extremely harmful to plants. Food dyes are your only best bet if you want to give a shot at coloring succulents on your own.
If you want to give the rainbow effect in one shallow container, plant succulents of a variety of colors.
Different species of succulents can be placed in a saucer to reflect rainbow effects similar to a color wheel.
Grouping rainbow succulents is one thing, arranging them is another.
Keep the middle one green, and let the rainbow succulents surround it.
If you’ve got one big favorite succulent, you can keep it in the center and surround it with smaller ones around it. This arrangement is very good for succulents of various sizes kept in smaller containers.
You can show a gradient of colors by arranging them in a hoop.
Wreaths made of roses and mistletoes are pretty common. But how about one made of only succulents? The trick with wreaths is to use cuttings most of the time. Since it’s not possible to tuck big succulents into small spaces.
So you can choose multicolored succulents or even color your own succulents using food dyes. If you want, you can also create faux rainbow succulents using polymer clay. It’s up to you how to go about your rainbow succulents.
Are you looking for more succulents? Check out these 22 types of succulents to grow indoors and outdoors!
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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