What is Root Rot and How Do You Fix it?

What is Root Rot & How Do You Fix it?

Root rot is a condition where plants rot, or decay, causing the plants to die if they are not treated.

What causes root rot in succulents, you might ask? Well, the most common cause of root rot is overwatering. Giving your succulents more water than they need, end up decaying— as it is often forgotten that succulents have immense water- storing capacity.

Root rot could also be because of poor soil drainage— either water is not being drained in the soil as fast as it should be, or there is a blocked drainage often caused by compacted roots.

Root rot can also be caused by the presence of harmful bacteria or fungus in the soil.

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Signs That You Are Overwatering Your Succulent

There are three main signs, that we have conducted, to help you figure out if your succulent is being overwatered:

  • The leaves will be translucent or rather light in color.
  • The leaves will feel soft, mushy and squishy.
  • The leaves will start falling off because of the added weight.
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How to Identify Root Rot in Your Succulents

1) Checking the Roots

Succulents are tolerant to multiple uprootings so you shouldn’t be worried. Be sure to be gentle when doing so though.

Remove your succulent from the pot, shake off the soil and check the color of the roots. Healthy roots should either be white or yellow. If the roots are either dark brown or black and they feel slimy and wet when you touch, then that is definitely root rot. It will also likely break off as you pull it from the soil.

Remember to be keen on the smell. A rotting smell can vary from mild to foul. If the smell is foul, it most likely means the rotting has spread too far, and it may be too late to save your little succulent baby.

But that’s what we’re here for— to help you avoid that!

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2) Checking the Stems and Leaves

If unfortunately, you’re noticing root rot when it’s at the stem and leaves, the rot is at its advanced stages.

During this stage, the leaves start turning yellow and pale and if not attended to quickly, they become mushy and eventually die out. There is nothing that can be done to fix the damage once the leaves become mushy, as it can no longer support itself.

It is difficult to fix root rot when it starts showing on the leaves and stem that’s why you need to always be keen on your succulent. The idea that it’s easy to take care of your succulents is true, but that doesn’t mean you should entirely neglect their signs. Remember root rot happens gradually.

Here’s an important note – it’s overwatering/root rot if it’s only the lower leaves that are turning yellow. If it’s the whole plant turning yellow, then it may be a nutrition deficiency.

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How to Prevent Root Rot in Succulents

Water your succulents less frequently, and when you do, use large volumes of water.

Use pots that have drainage holes. Terrariums and teacups may look fancy and all, but rest assured, you will constantly be dealing with root rot. Stick to your traditional planters with drainage holes for the best growth!

Use soil that does not retain water and drains fast. You can either buy succulent soil, or you can make your own from your backyard- we have an article all about how! Creating your own succulent soil can be a fun project for the family if you need help deciding whether you want to create your own or not.

Don’t line the base of your pot with rocks, gravel or ceramic pieces. This will retain water, rather than help to drain. However, you can mix the three all throughout your soil to improve drainage flows in your pot.

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Letting Your Soil Dry Out Naturally

If you know that you overwatered your succulent and you suspect any rotting, unpot your succulent and leave it to dry for a day or two. Keep the root ball and the soil both intact. Once the plant and the soil in the pot have dried up, re-plant you’re succulent. Water it sparingly, just enough to make the soil damp and after that do not water for the next 2 weeks. This will allow for complete healing. When you’re ready to repot your succulent, check out our article on How to Repot Your Succulent— the Right Way!

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Trimming the Infected Part

You can also fix the root rot by trimming the rotten part to avoid the spread of the rot. Dig up your plant, cut out the infected area- whether stem or root. Let the plant dry out naturally, but keep the plant out of direct light.

Pour out the soil mixture and clean your pot with an anti-bacterial soap and water to ensure that there are no remnants of any fungus left. Add new soil to the pot and do not cover up the cut area, this will allow it to breathe as it self-heals. You can add more soil to cover the base once a new tissue develops.

If you have planted many succulents in one pot, you will have to repot the non-infected plants separately to avoid the spread of rot. You may even have to trim them up if they have been growing together for a while. Read exactly how you can trim your succulents the correct way here for some pointers.

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Propagating the Healthy Part

If the rot is advanced and you still want to save your succulent, the only other option would be to propagate the healthy part so that it can grow new roots. You can either propagate from the stem or leaves.

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Take a new pot and put in the new soil mixture. Cut off the healthy part and place it on top of the soil. Try these shears out from Vivosun. Push a little bit of the stem into the soil. Do not water until after one week. After the one week, you can water, but sparingly to avoid overwatering. When a root is developing it does absorb so much water.

However, there is a slimmer chance of you saving your succulent if the stem is too mushy that the plant cannot support itself.

As well, if the plant has caved in and is smelly the rot is too far gone and nothing much can be done.

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Root Rot Free

Yes, it is possible to save a succulent with a rotting root, but only if you can address it immediately. Depending on the extent of the rot, you can either let it dry naturally, trim the infected parts, or propagate the healthy parts. Otherwise, avoid overwatering— succulents can survive with very little water!

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Did you learn anything new today about root rot? We’ve all struggled with it at some point in our succulent- lives— especially early on in our journey. But hopefully, with this guide, you’ll be able to help yourself and other fellow succulent newbies!

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Succulent soil types

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To grow succulents’ plants, you need different soil from other plants. Several variables decide the right soil for safe, beautiful plants indoors or out. Using the wrong soil form, and you will find yourself endlessly solving problems with care.

Succulents are pretty and lively, but often they can be very picky. Succulents are very selective with their soil, unlike your typical indoor vine, and that’s possibly what makes them so unique.

If you’re an old succulent veteran or a new kid on the succulent block, it will take a long way to get the preliminaries right the first time in your succulent adventures. And nothing more than the form of soil used affects growing succulents.

Succulents, these beautiful, lush, little aliens, don’t get along with the mundane, traditional soil of gardening too well. It’s overrated and a little dull, they think, at least in its pure form.

What type of soil do succulents need?

Succulent is a plant that mostly has dense, fleshy stems and leaves. It tends to store water as an adaptation. In other words, succulents are desert-denizens. Therefore, they have recently been tamed by their peculiar yet stunning looks to spice up the living room décor, using minimalistic planters.

These plants are native to Africa, Central America, Mexico, and some of Europe’s desert regions. They have lived all their lives in the hot and dry desert and thus have a few survival hacks to fight a desert life. Their ability to store water is one of these special adaptations.

You see, in the mountains, it rarely rains. And it pours as it does, very literally. In the subsequent weeks, succulents store this water in their leaves and stem for use until it rains again. So their roots don’t suck up water all the time for succulents since they’ve always got plenty tucked away in their leaves. 

This backs up the type of soil found in the desert. It is sandy, and the hot weather helps drain the water quickly, so with excessive water, succulents do not stay on the soil.

Not only is damp, unnecessary soil is also harmful because it can lead to root rot and a host of pests, not to mention the fungal diseases that follow wet soil.

So what kind of succulent soil is cool?

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Succulent Soil should be Well-Draining

It sure had to be at the top of the list. (We discuss this lot because of how important it is if you’ve been reading our recent articles). There is just a catastrophic mixture of succulents and moist soil.

You want to end up with soil that will drain well and rapidly while creating your succulent potting mix. The best substrate for growing succulents is loose and grainy soil.

Your Succulent Soil Needs to Have Good Aeration

It is necessary to have some room for the roots to breathe. Not only would this make the absorption of soil and nutrients easier, but it will also create a sustainable atmosphere for beneficial soil microorganisms.

Non-Compacting and Breathable Succulent Soil

Sticky and compact soil for succulents is awful. The roots dislike it because it holds moisture for long periods and makes it impossible for the plant to breathe.

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Excessive Nutrients in Succulent Soil

It sounds pretty crazy, but it’s real. Soil that contains too many nutrients, especially nitrogen, can lead to skinny, frail, and nasty plants. No one ever likes goofy-looking plants of this kind, do they?

What makes a good soil for succulents?

When we choose the best soil for succulents, our primary objective is to ensure that it has good drainage. That means we’re based on the ‘humidity’ portion of the above list.

What is soil drainage, first of all? Simply put, that’s how easily water leaves the ground. Some of the water should come out of the bottom of the pot. This should be after you water a plant, but most of it will remain in the soil. The water must either be taken up or evaporated into the air by the plant.

Succulents and cacti, as it turns out, need different soil than ordinary houseplants. Many houseplants are tropical plants. They’re originally from a region with a lot of rain and humidity in the atmosphere, presumably. Their soil is often naturally rich in nutrients.

Succulents, on the other hand, are known to be from deserts. They grow in dry regions with low rain and poor soil quality. The soil is possibly coarse and rough there and lacks nutrients.

Undoubtedly, recreating their natural situations as closely as possible is typically best. However, you might be shocked that an essential thing to copy is not the number of nutrients they receive; it’s the water amount.

Criteria for choosing the best succulent soil

In the succulent soil, let’s start by talking about what you should be looking for.

The best soil in pots for succulents can retain ample water to absorb what they need, but it also dries out quickly so that the roots do not rot.

Water from the air around them is absorbed by succulents, not by direct touch.

Sitting in moist soil continuously causes their roots to rot because they get too much water. The cells in the roots and leaves gradually break apart, allowing the plant to die.

Soil may be dried out by many environmental factors, so different soil types would be better suited for different growing areas.

In deciding what kind of soil your succulents’ need, the region where you live, as well as the place where you hold your succulents, will play a role.

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How do you know if the drainage of the soil is adequate?

Since we understand that soil drainage is an essential aspect of succulents, we know how to make it happen. But how much drainage is sufficient?

Your succulent soil needs to be dry in a day or two after irrigation as a rule of thumb. And I’m staying dry—dry bone.

There is an easy way of measuring how dry the soil is. Stick your finger one or two inches into the soil in the cup. Not only does it feel dry but warm as well. If it feels “cool,” it is probably merely slightly damp, and you misunderstand the feeling. If the pot has been filled out by your succulent, it can be challenging to verify soil dampness and could use more space for the mass of roots. You would have to consider repotting the succulent one.

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Choosing the right soil for succulents

That might sound awful, but it isn’t that difficult to select the right soil for the succulents. Only decrease the quantity of organic matter and use the effective watering techniques that we discussed.

Each succulent species seems to have its own unique needs and wants, but 99 percent of them are cool with almost the same soil. To be sure, after being placed into the new soil, watch how a plant responds and change your treatment accordingly.

It can be challenging to grow unique succulent plants, but the Fat Plants can be magical if you get the best soil type. 

A well-drained and nutrient-rich eco-system that succulents need to grow and thrive is all a succulent plant need. You will be proud of growing sound root systems, healthy fleshy green stems, and lovely colorful blooms for your succulents when you choose your soil wisely.

Brain Cactus

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Getting enough of the succulent plant is still a mystery to many.  We love to write about and collect these cool potted goodies, whether they are regular  ‘ones or those with an exceptional exotic theme. Now we have something for Halloween that sets the mood perfectly. This terrifying plant is a sure-to-go decoration for your Halloween, and just looking at it will tell you why. The Mammillaria Elongata ‘Cristata’ cactus looks like a human brain, with stems that circularly curl around each other. Or a clump of worms, still.

What’s there in a name? A fascinating plant in the case of the brain cactus, but with a very descriptive name. The type known as brain cactus is one of the many species of Mammillaria Cristata. It is a simple cactus to grow that often produces lovely little blooms in warmer climates and makes a perfect houseplant or outdoor specimen. 

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What is brain cactus?

The brain cactus is also colorfully called Mammillaria elongata ‘Cristata’ due to its convoluted and sinuous development. How the form happens is one of the most bizarre pieces of data from Cristata. When it is young, the shape is a result of damage to the plant. The cells go wild at the injury site and grow at a much faster pace than average. This triggers the distorted design of the pads.

The brain cactus is a common houseplant, and this “damage” is manually manipulated in cultivation to produce fan-like growth. In general, the brain cactus is a small plant, just 6 inches (15 cm.) in height. With waistband widths of 12 inches (30 cm.) across, they are chubby little boys.

They occur in rocky outcroppings and between crevasses in the wilds of Central Mexico. They grow into a column of stems and tiny offsets over time. The spines are in tightly collected areoles and consist of several sizes, almost hair-like with the finest spines. Plants are green, but the hairy spines form a grayish shell.

The origin of the brain cactus

The straight growth habit of Mammillaria elongata cacti, commonly known as lady’s fingers. The crested type, however, shows stems with lots of kinks growing in one big, round clump. A mutation or probably physical injury is thought to be the cause of this trait.

Every succulent has a center of growth called the apical meristem, including cacti. The cactus can begin to develop in a wormlike form if the apical meristem is chewed by an insect or somehow harmed. In the cells of a cactus, though uncommon, often a mutation occurs and causes it to become crested.

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The brain cactus features

This cactus features several narrow ribs, as the name suggests. There can be approximately 100 ribs in a mature plant. Generally, the thick ribs are wavy, but they may also be straight occasionally. There can be 2-3 aureoles with 6 to 9 spines on each rib. The ribs are brown at the base; however, this changes towards the end.

While the lower spines typically point downward, the upper spines tend to be upright, and the overall arrangement of the spines is somewhat crosswise. One of the most flexible species of cacti is the ‘brain cactus’ in terms of shape. No two plants with the same number of ribs, the same supination, or the same shape will be found. The form and flower colors vary in their variations.

Young plants are coated with white felt, so marking them as ‘white’ cacti are very popular for individuals. Stenocactus crispatus features long spines covering the ribs, Stenocactus Phyllcanthus with stiff spines and yellow flowers, and Stenocactus Coptonogonus with straight ribs and short spines are the most common varieties.

All in all, such a cactus has a spherical shape. It varies from gray-green to deep green in its hue. A more cylindrical shape may also be formed by mature plants, while plants with many stems form a pyramid shape.

A brain cactus is a slow-growing plant that can grow up to 12 cm tall, and it can often have 2 or 3 stems, although it is typically solitary. Brain cactus is known to be a delicate plant. It grows to up to 2,5 cm in diameter are produced by this lovely, wrinkled cactus. Usually, the flowers are pink, purple, or white.

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How to grow the brain cactus

You may immediately assume that you understand all about succulent treatment. But you may realize that you don’t know how to grow a brain cactus. Most cacti are susceptible to overwatering and poor drainage, but brain cactus pads can trap moisture in the folds and crevasses. In agriculture, where gnats are attracted, this can be evil, and mold and mildew problems can instill rot and destroy the plant.

To avoid moisture from accumulating on the body of a brain cactus, it is best to water from the jar’s base. There are some simple methods if you wish to propagate the plant. It is using woody stem cuttings to allow for a week of callus over the cut edge. Then insert the cut end into the potting medium without soil, like the moderately moistened sand.

The other approach is a clean, sterile knife to separate the pups away from the parent plant. Each should also be permitted to callus and plant it into a mixture of cactus. It results in faster establishment and faster blooms to grow a brain cactus from pups.

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How to care for your brain cactus

The brain cactus is most susceptible to moisture as a succulent from arid regions. It is best to keep them in a dry place with little humidity. Excess humidity can cause the plant as much harm as too much water can do. Remember that most of the year, the area from which they hail is dry and then marked by a brief drenching rainy season.

After the rain, the plants then do most of their growth and bloom, followed by a prolonged growth rate, almost in hibernation, before the next rainy season. Place the container in a partly sunny position where the plant will not burn the brightest noon-day rays. Until watering, allow the surface of the soil to dry to the touch. Feed with a dilution of the cactus food in spring.

This spooky, frightful cactus looks like a brain! It is easy to trick a few people into believing your Brain Cactus is an actual human brain if you place it in a faux human skull planter!

The Brain Cactus is greenish, so you’re definitely not going to fool anyone anytime soon with it. But it does have curvy stems that wrap and twist into a circular shape around each other, so the entire plant looks a lot like a brain. This distinctive cactus has a fascinating history and some particular criteria for how to care and how to grow it will help you get the best out of your plant choice.

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Full Guide to Watering Succulents – When, How & Why

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Succulents can survive in arid regions because of their ability to store water in their roots, stems, and leaves.

For this reason, many persons tend to overlook the fact that they need to water their succulents when planted in their homes. That said, to keep your succulents blooming, it is best to water them regularly.

In this article, you will learn how to water succulents plants indoors or outdoors, as well as how you can see if you are overwatering your succulents.

How to Water Succulents Indoors

Instead of just spritzing your indoor succulents, soak them to the extent that water gushes out from the drainage holes beneath the pot. Before watering your succulents again, ensure that the soil is parched.

According to Bryce Lane, a horticulturist from North Carolina State University, check the soil after a week of watering to see if it is dry. If it is not, wait one or two more weeks. When watering indoor succulents, ensure that water does not get on top of the leaves to prevent rot.

Another thing to note about watering succulents planted indoors is that they need the most amount of water during the spring when they are still growing. You can reduce the amount of water during the summer and even more during the winter. During the winter, succulents are in dormancy and do not get plenty of light, and so, their water requirement reduces.

How to Water Succulents in Outdoor Containers

During the summer, you can place your potted succulents outdoors. Give your succulents the chance to adjust to varying temperature levels by placing them in a shaded environment before moving to a brighter area, this required to ensure your succulents are not exposed to direct sunlight.

The best kits for watering outdoor succulents are squeeze bottles and spout watering cans. Use any of these kits to pour water onto the soil until it is properly soaked—from the top of the pot to the bottom. After that, wait until the soil dries out completely before watering the succulents again.

How to Water Succulents in the Ground

Succulents such as Opuntia, Sedum, and Agave can survive harsh weather conditions, especially the fully grown ones with stronger roots. Both hardy and annual succulents need to be planted in well-drained soil. According to Lane, planting succulents in stagnant water is an exercise in futility.

Creating a 2-foot mound of organic-based compost with a mixture of PermaTill will allow your succulents to flourish even if they find themselves somewhere different from their native environment. A good soaking, good soil, and good drainage are essential for growing healthy succulents.

How Often Should I Water My Succulents?

Now that you know how to water indoor and outdoor succulents, the next question on your mind will be how often you should water your succulents? Well, to answer your question, first, note that there is no rigid watering schedule for you to follow.

The watering frequency depends on the type of succulent, the size of your pot, and the weather conditions in your area. The smaller the pot, the less moisture it can accommodate. Hence, the more frequently it needs to be watered.

A good watering frequency that most indoor succulent growers adopt is watering 14 – 21 days at the early stage. Ensure that you do not overwater your succulents to avoid rot.

You can use a tool called Succulent Tracker App (only iOS version available currently). This app are useful to remind your watering schedule, as well as to avoid under-watering and overwatering, .

Signs Your Succulent is Thirsty

Even though succulents are recommended to be dry before watering, ensure that you do not dehydrate them in the process. Once you notice any wrinkles and shriveled leaves, it is a sign that you need to water your succulents.

As the cells of your succulents try to transfer their stored moisture to other parts, they also try to accumulate more water to make up for the amount they have lost. But then, if the water is not available to replace what was lost, the cells begin to contract gradually, making the leaves that used to flourish shrivel.

Signs Your Succulent Has Been Overwatered

The danger of overwatering succulents is that it damages the cell structure, roots, and leaves.

The first and most common sign of overwatering to take note of is discoloration. Once you notice the leaves are becoming soft, translucent, and squishy, know that you have been overwatering the succulents. Unlike under-watered succulents, leaves that contract overwatered succulents leaves will be dropped.

While succulents can recover from overwatering, it is not all that easy. A great way to save overwatered succulents is to plant a new one with the cuttings to root and leaves.

Signs of a Healthy Succulent

First off, plants will always tell you when they are in need of something. But sadly, not everyone knows how to read the signs.

While squishy leaves discoloration tells you that you are overwatering your succulents, shriveled leaves show that you are under-watering your succulents.

Hens and Chicks plants tend to shut down older, lower leaves as they grow. While this is a natural phenomenon that is part of the growth process, the leaves do not wither. They just become very thin, papery, and brownish. Prone these leaves to keep your succulents looking fresh.

All in all, when watering your succulents, you have to consider the soil and the environment. Follow the watering guidelines we mentioned in this article, and your succulents will keep blooming even under the most adverse conditions.

7 Best Succulents for Beginners

7 Best Succulents for Beginners

There are two types of people in this world: those who have that “green thumb” and can manage to make even typical garden weeds look like intricate floral arrangements and those whose homes are basically planted cemeteries.

I’m definitely of the latter persuasion, which I learned when I somehow managed to completely botch my first foray into succulent parenthood (it turns out that, while succulents are just about the easiest, most low-maintenance plants there are, they still do need some water and sunlight).

To be fair, I wasn’t really aware that there are many, many different types of succulents (something I probably could’ve found out with a simple Google search, but I digress) — including those that are perfect for people still working on turning that thumb green.

The best succulents for beginners have a few things in common.

For one, they require very little vigilance. Maybe you’re looking to bring a little life into your house without also having to worry too much about actually keeping it alive with a precise watering schedule. Secondly, they can survive in just about any climate. And, of course, they look gorgeous, bringing a modern feel to your space without needing any kind of special arrangement expertise.

So if you’re wondering where to begin, here are a few ideas to lead you in the right direction.


1. Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii)

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Affectionately (and hilariously) known as the “mother-in-law’s cushion,” the Golden Barrel Cactus is one of the best succulents for beginners because it’s very drought-tolerant and doesn’t require much attention to do its thing. According to House Plants Expert, this cactus thrives indoors as long as it has enough sunshine. In the warmer months, you’ll need to water it when its soil starts drying out, but in the winter you’ll find you barely have to water it at all.

They grow fast, so you will have to repot it when it’s young. In fact, Tom Jesch from Altman Plants explained in a YouTube video that they can get up to 400 pounds in the wild. Assuming you don’t have that much room for a succulent, you don’t have to worry all that much about a giant cactus taking over your home. The growth rate slows down as it ages, and takes about 10 years to reach a full 10 inches across, so you’d have to have it for a while before it got that big.

2. Aloe Vera

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Not only is Aloe Vera the perfect succulent for people prone to getting sunburn, but it’s also a pretty easy plant to take care of. They thrive indoors and don’t need much sunlight — according to the Farmer’s Almanac, indirect sunlight or even artificial light will do. Best of all, you only have to remember to water it every three weeks. As Nell from Joy Us Garden wrote, “easy does it” when it comes to watering an aloe plant.

3. Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

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You can grow the versatile Sago Palm indoors or outdoors, and it can even survive in temperatures below zero. While young plants require a little more attention (they’ll need watering once a week or so, according to the San Francisco Chronicle), as they mature you’ll only need to water it when the soil dries out. The Sago Palms are also incredibly resistant when it comes to pests, which means you don’t have to worry about it falling victim to any mites hanging around your house.

4. Zebra Haworthia (Haworthia fasciata)

Two Zebra Haworthia Succulents in Blue & Tan Planters
Zebra Haworthia Image: @stayinalivesucculents

This gorgeous “zebra plant” looks a lot like Aloe Vera, but you’ll be able to tell it apart from the healing plant thanks to its white stripes. Like Aloe, Haworthia succulents don’t need direct sunlight or much water, making them a great addition to the home of someone missing that green thumb. These particular succulents also tell you when they need watering — well, sort of. According to Vegged Out, a Haworthia’s leaves are a good indicator of whether or not they need a drink, taking a lot of the guesswork out of caring for your plant.

5. Echeveria

Echeveria Succulent in Tiny Planter
Echeveria Image: @hollyoftherain

According to Certified Urban Agriculturalist Bonnie L. Grant, Echeveria succulents were basically made for people without much succulent know-how. “The Echeveria succulent plant is just such a specimen, thriving on brief periods of neglect and low water and nutrients,” she wrote for Gardening Know How. “Echeveria care is practically foolproof and grows well in either containers or toasty garden beds.” Sold.

6. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

Panda Plant Succulent Close Up
Panda Plant Image: @jialailai

Panda Plants have a cool name and even cooler leaves, which have a velvet look to them and are soft to the touch. While they need a good amount of (indirect) sunlight, they’re pretty forgiving when it comes to watering. They typically store water in those fuzzy leaves of theirs which lets you get away with forgetting a watering cycle every once in a while.

7. Living Stones (Lithops)

Living Stones Succulent in Planter Held in Hand
Living Stones Image: @jardines_flora

Living Stones might not be the prettiest succulents on the list, but hey — they’re easy to care for, and that’s what’s important, right? While you may not want these as standalone plants, they’re cute little additions to terrariums that look like you made a lot of effort when really, they’re good at taking care of themselves.

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