8 Best Easy-to-Care Succulents for Beginners
You Will Love Number 5 and 6 !!

Are you a beginner and confused about how to start in the world of succulents? Don't worry follow my lead as we explore the top 8 succulents for beginners.

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April 25, 2021


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Introduction

When you choose a plant, you tend to check out the effort required and the reward you will get from it. For the most part, one get’s overwhelmed and exhausted due to thousand of caring procedures and guides. All this gets flushed when you choose succulents. They are known to be hardy, easy-to-care, and can survive with pretty much anything. You just need to check up on them from time to time and, you are good to go.

Today I will discuss some succulents for beginners to make your job easier. These are the easiest to care for and some of the most exotic varieties of succulents. So, let’s discuss all of them one by one.

Top 8 easy-to-care Succulents for Beginners are Haworthia Zebra, Jade Plant, Aloe, Sedum, Sempervivum, Echeveria, Tiger Jaws, Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe).

10 Succulents for Beginners

1.Haworthia Zebra

Haworthia Zebra placed in a cup

Specie Name Haworthia Zebra
Common Names Zebra cactus, Pearl plant, Star window plant
Native Area Southern Africa
Plant Type Succulent, cactus
Blooming Season Summer
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 11 (USDA)
Toxicity Non-Toxic
Tolerant Drought

Howarth Zebra that is often mistaken for Aloe is the most popular among the Haworthia genus. These are known to form rosettes of fleshy green leaves with their white distinctive markings. These are very easy to grow and a recommended plant if you are a beginner.

Fun Fact

Howarth Zebra is non toxic. So, if your pet takes a liking to it, you don't need to worry about him/her

Howarth Zebra is highly resistant to pests and needs low maintenance from time to time. You would need to provide it with partial/full sun for proper growth. Make sure the soil or the pot you are using is well-drained. This succulent has great survival skills and can forgive you for even some levels of overwatering and low light conditions.

2.Jade Plant

Blooming Jade plant

Specie Name Crassula ovata
Common Names Jade Plant, Money plant
Native Area Southern Africa
Plant Type Succulent, cactus
Blooming Season Summer
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 10-11 (USDA)
Toxicity Toxic to cats,dogs and mildy to humans
Tolerant Drought

Crassula ovata or commonly known as the Jade plant is a highly popular succulent. The Jade plant has distinctive shiny green leaves, which often have an ending touch of red. Its leaves are fleshy and rounded and usually grow in opposite pairs along the branches. The Jade plant is known to produce beautiful white or pink star-shaped flowers.

Fun Fact

The Jade plant is almost impossible to kill, making it the perfect beginner plant

Like every succulent, the Jade plant also enjoys bright light/ full sun. But, intense afternoon sun might scorch the leaves of the Jade plant, so you should place it in an area of mixed sun and shade to avoid this. They need to be watered sparingly over well-drained soil.

Caution

Jade plant is known to be toxic to cats, dogs, horses and mildly toxic to humans

3.The Aloe plant’s

Aloe Vera plant in wild

Specie Name Liliaceae
Common Names Aloe - Aloe Vera
Native Area Southern Africa
Plant Type Succulent, cactus
Blooming Season Summer
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 10-12 (USDA)
Toxicity Toxic to cats,dogs and horses
Tolerant Drought

Aloe has a lot of species to offer to beginners but, the most common one you might know is Aloe Vera(Medicine plant). These are evergreen species that grow all-year-round in hardiness zones of 10-12. Aloe’s sap of leaves is widely known for its healing powers and is used for many commercial lotions.

Aloe is a succulent that does its best if placed in full sun with a bit of shade. Remember to place them in well-drained soil and water whenever the soil dries out. These are drought-tolerant species and will still do best under harsh or neglected conditions. If you are ready to plant this beautiful succulent you can check it out on Amazon.

4.Sedum

Beauiful layers of sedum flowers with a butterfly

Specie Name Sedum
Common members S.Autumn Joy, coppertone sedum, S. nussbaumeranum, S.Dragon’s Blood
Native Area Africa and South America
Plant Type Succulent
Blooming Season Summer, Fall
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (USDA)
Toxicity Most are non-toxic
Tolerant Drought

Sedum or stonecrop provides a lot of beautiful colorful varieties that you can easily plant as a beginner. They are fascinating plants perfect for both indoors and outdoors. These are highly expanding evergreen perennials that can grow to up to 2 feet.

Fun Fact

Sedum has varieties named after their resembling tan like Sedum.Dragon’s Blood or Sedum.Autumn Joy

The Sedum family is known to work best under full sun in well-drained soil. As succulent, they are highly tolerant to drought and you should only water them when the soil is completely dry.

5.Sempervivum

Sempervivum purple flowers image

Specie Name Sempervivum
Common members House leeks, Hens and Chicks,Sempervivum arachnoideum
Native Area Southern Europe and Mediterranean islands.
Plant Type Succulents,Perennial, evergreen rosettes
Blooming Season Summer, Fall
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 3-6-8 (USDA)
Toxicity Non-toxic
Tolerant Drought, Frost

Sempervivum is a range of evergreen rosettes that are known to thrive even in the coldest or the hottest temperatures. Sempervivum literally means “Live forever” making them the perfect plant for beginners. Similarly, a member of Sempervivum known as Hens and chicks are known to have an invasive sort of spreading speed and, the chicks/offsprings that evolve from the mother plant surround the main plant. Thus, making this species of succulents truly immortal.

Fun Fact

Sempervivum 'Raspberry ice' a variant of Sempervivum can have a life expectancy of about 20 years, it provided with the right care

Sempervivum is monocarpous species in which the hen/mother plant after flowering. But by then, it has spread its offsprings which then carry on the mother’s legacy.

These need full sun and well-drained soil to grow properly. These can even thrive on little or no water and are very sturdy plants that can withstand anything.

Warning

The only thing that might kill your Sempervivum is overwatering. So avoid it at all costs

6.Echeveria

Echeveria plant being held by a person

Specie Name Echeveria
Common members Perle Von Nurnberg, Echeveria ‘Black Prince’, Echeveria ‘Dusty Rose’,Echeveria ‘Taurus’
Native Area Semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America.
Plant Type Succulents, evergreen rosettes, cactus
Blooming Season Summer, Fall
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 9-11 (USDA)
Toxicity Non-toxic
Tolerant Drought, deer, rocky soil

Nowadays, Echeveria variants are one of the most popular succulents among gardeners. These are truly gorgeous succulents that form beautiful rosettes in all sorts of varying colors and sizes. Some of its variants also resemble the shape of waterlilies or ruffled lettuce.

Echeveria tends to do very well in a mixture of partial to full sun and is placed in sandy or well-drained soil. Like every other succulent, they should be watered only if the soil has completely dried. Fertilizers are not necessary, but if you still need one, I would recommend you go for a low nitrogen variety.

Echeveria is often confused with Sempervivum as both of them form a beautiful rosette-shaped pattern. But how can one differentiate between a Sempervivum and Echeveria? You can easily check this at the time of their bloom as Sempervivum are monocarpous meaning the mother dies after flowering while in Echeveria’s case, it is polycarpous and the mother plant will not die after blooming.

If you are ready to plant this beautiful succulent you can check it out on Amazon

7.Tiger Jaws

Beautiful Tiger Jaw plant with a blooming yellow flower

Specie Name Faucaria tigrina
Common Name Tiger Jaws, shark jaws
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Blooming Season Fall Early Winter
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 9-11 (USDA)
Toxicity Non-toxic
Tolerant Drought

Tiger jaw is a unique, eye-catching plant that you can boast about around your friends. By looking at the plant and its sharp pointy teeth like leaves, you get to know how it got its name Tiger Jaws. It is known to produce yellowish flowers during its blooming season, which can grow up to 2 inches in diameter.

Warning

Overwatering Tiger Jaws will lead to root rot. Key signs of root rot are brown spots on leaves and near base of plant

Tiger Jaws are hardy succulents that don’t have many enemies. So, as a beginner, this can be your starter plant. For proper growth, Tiger Jaws needs to be placed under bright sun for about 6 hrs of sunlight per day. You should plant it in well-drained soil and water only when the soil is completely dried out during its growing period. In winter, you should only moisten the soil from time to time.

8.Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe)

Mother of thousands plant

Specie Name Kalanchoe daigremontiana
Common Name Mother of thousands,alligator plant
Native Area Africa
Plant Type Succulent
Blooming Season Winter
Sun Condition Full Sun/Partial shade
Hardiness Zone 9-11 (USDA)
Toxicity Toxic
Tolerant Drought

Mother of thousands is a unique variety of Kalanchoe known for its sturdy nature and patient behavior. Mother of thousands can easily withstand neglect, damage, and harsh conditions making it the perfect succulent for beginners. Mother of thousands certainly lives up to its name and, if you place it outside, it will produce 1000’s of offsprings on its leaves, which then fall into the soil to create new plants.

Pro Tip

Mother of thousands can get quite a bothersome due to its invasive behavior, so plant it in a container or indoors to avoid this

Mother of Thousands is known to grow well under direct sunlight. You should place it in a well-drained pot and water it only when the soil is dry.

Useful Tips for beginners

You need to grow succulent in well-drained soil under partial or full sun. Water them sparingly once every 1-2 weeks in spring to autumn and once every 5-6 weeks in autumn to winter. Remember to check your succulent type and choose the ideal one for your environment. Succulent types may have different water and light requirements, so it’s best to check the succulent type carefully.

1.Choose the right succulents

Being a beginner, it can get quite troublesome even when dealing with low-demanding plants such as succulents. For this reason, you should check the succulent label and choose the right succulent for the right job.

Note

Read the plant label carefully as it will help you determine its needs such as light required, water needed, size and spread of the succulent

Some succulents are known to thrive only under the full direct sun and, it makes them the perfect choice for outdoors. Similarly, succulents like the String of hearts, String of pearls prefer a bit of shade and will thrive indoors.

2.Choose the right pot/Soil conditions

In the 2nd step, you need to make sure the pot you are providing to your succulent is well-drained and has a drainage hole. If you are wondering how to fix such an environment for your succulent? Then for this case, I would recommend you to use this amazing Amazon product with a drainage saucer to create a well-drained soil, ideal for most succulents.

Similarly, for outdoor soil conditions, you should first check the soil’s drainage condition, by digging a hole of about 30cm and filling it with water. You should come back after half an hour and, if the water’s dried up, that means the soil is well-drained. But, if the water is still standing then you should add a mixture of 7cm of sand or other gritty material to increase the texture and drainage of the soil.

3.Light conditions

Succulents tend to do very well under the direct sun. On average, a succulent requires about 3-4 hours of direct sun daily, and if the succulents don’t get enough light, they tend to get weak, start uprooting, get stretched. Therefore, based on the succulent type, try to provide them with as much direct sun as they need.

For indoor conditions, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above then you need to shift your succulent to a window or a place where it can get appropriate sunlight. If that’s not possible, you can try using a bright LED or CFL light, like this 45 w LED grow light available at Amazon.

4.Keep Grooming your Succulents

Succulents can get damaged by insects and pests. So, you should keep a close eye on your succulent and be sure to remove any dead leaves, standing water, or rotten leaves that might attract pests.

Caution

Overwatering succulent is the lead cause of root rot and pest attraction

If your succulent has become infested with pests and you need a solution, then I would recommend that you rinse the succulent with insecticidal soap such as Safer Brand Insecticidal. After rinsing it with soap and let it dry for about a day. During this period, you need to protect the succulent from direct sunlight to avoid sunburn.

Note

It may take several attempts to completely git rid of these pests

Useful Products

Fully Rooted Live Indoor Succulent Plants

These are some high-quality wide-ranged succulents. Choose according to your taste as they have a lot of variety

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Air Purifying Live Aloe Vera Indoor House Plant

Check out these awesome Aloe Vera plans for your indoors

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Costa Farms Live Succulent Echeveria Plant

These are some high-quality wide-ranged Echeveria succulents. Do check them out as they also provide the a personalized message service for gifts and special occasions

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45 w LED grow light

Proper light is necessary for the ideal growth of a succulent. So, If you plan to grow your succulent indoor, I recommend this great product to help you in this regard

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Safer Brand Insecticidal

Perfect insecticidal to keep Mealybugs and Spider mites away from your succulent

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Water Drainage pot

Well-drained soil is really important in growing succulents. So, I recommend this product to help you get the best results

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Ending thoughts

In today’s article, we went through some of the top 8 easy to grow succulents for beginners. I started the list with Haworthia Zebra and discussed some of the most famous and gorgeous succulent families such as Sempervivum and Echeveria. I ended the list on Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe) and, I moved onto giving you some golden tips to boost your start as a succulent planter. That’s all from my side for today.

I hope you loved my work in today’s blog, and don’t forget to check out some of my other works on succulents. I post weekly updates on many succulents here, so stay with me as I cover all the best succulents out there.

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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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