The Rat Tail Cactus: Everything You Need To Know

The Rat Tail Cactus: Everything You Need To Know

Perhaps you’ve come across a hairy looking cactus plant with long stems that look like rat tails. Or perhaps not…

The popularity of rat tail (Aporocactus flagelliformis) cactus plant has grown more profoundly in homes than in the wild over recent years. They are actually almost termed as a threatened cactus variety in their native land of Mexico.

With the growing popularity, there is obviously a need to learn how to grow and care for them.

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about the rat tail cactus plant— from its origin to how to care for it. If you have one passed down from a friend who also got it from a friend, here is an opportunity to learn.

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Disocactus Flagelliformis—the Rat Tail Cactus

The Rat tail cactus plant is scientifically known as Disocactus flagelliformis (L.) Barthlott. It belongs to the Disocactus genus of the Cactaeae family.

As far as where it’s from, the Rat tail cactus is a native of Mexico, just like many cacti. It is largely found in the southwestern and central parts of America. Learn more about the cacti community in Mexico by going here.

Rat tail cacti have a very distinctive look. The plant itself is green in color when young but turns to beige as it ages. It has long trailing stems that go as long as six feet at maturity and half an inch in diameter. Moreover, this is why they are often planted on hanging baskets or pots, kind of like this one we have in our office.

The stems have tiny reddish yellowhairy’ spines that can be trained into different forms and shapes.

Its flowers, which bloom in spring and early summer, are bright pink to red and sometimes pale pink or orange. They can grow up to two meters wide and 3 inches long. The flowers only grow and bloom for a few days and shade off. In some cases, they rarely even grow.

The stem’s grow is at a rate of about a foot every year.

In the wild, Aporocactus flagelliformis do not grow on soil. They either grow on other tree structures, rocky crevasses, and tree crotches or on top of the soil.

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The Right Conditions for Growing Your Rat Tail Cactus

The rat tail cactus, just like other cacti plants, does not require much attention or special growing conditions. With the right soil type and climatic conditions, your rat tail cactus should thrive.

Below are conditions that rat tail cactus will thrive best in:

Light Requirements

Given that this plant is adaptable to desert conditions it thrives best under direct sunlight. Therefore place your plant where it can access full and bright sunlight. You can take it outside when the weather is sunny and warm. If your house has not enough sunlight, you can use indoor LED plant lights to supplement the small amounts of natural light it can get.

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Temperature & Climate

The best temperatures for rat tail cactus are between 45° to 50° degrees Fahrenheit but it can tolerate temperatures of up to 90° degrees Fahrenheit.  During the summer, early autumn, and spring the Rat Tail cacti do great at normal room temperatures. However, during the winter time, the rat tail cactus enters its dormancy stage and therefore you will need to relocate your plant to a place with cooler settings for it to rest.

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Best Soil to Grow the Rat Tail Cactus

The Rat tail requires rich potting soil to thrive best. Well-draining soil meant for cactus or succulents is most recommended for rat tail cactus. A perfect mixture of soil for this cactus would be four parts of loam, one part vermiculture and one part sand for drainage. Lining the pot or basket with organic materials, such as sphagnum moss, will help the cactus thrive even better.

We highly recommend this soil mix by Bonsai Jack. It is one of the best soil mixes on the market. It doesn’t need to be mixed with any other soil, it helps fight root rot, perfectly pH Balanced & is pathogen-free (ie: won’t kill your plants). This soil is the go-to for our office plants. Go ahead and get the 7 Gallon Bag if you are plant nerd like us :). Pick up some of our favorite soil by clicking here: Bonsai Jack Succulent Soil.

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How Much Water Does the Rat Tail Need?

Water your succulents regularly during their active growing season. You can then cut back on the watering as it matures. Reduce watering during Fall and don’t water at all during Winter unless you notice excessive drying of the soil. And even then, just water it very slightly-— just enough to dampen the soil.

Fertilizer Needs

Apply fertilizer onto the stems of the rat tail cactus every couple of weeks. Use a liquid fertilizer for ease of use. The liquid fertilizer should be diluted to a mild strength. Do not use any fertilizer on your cactus during the winter season!

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How to Successfully Propagate the Rat Tail Cactus

Propagating is the easiest way to quickly grow your rat tail cactus. They can grow from any of the six-inch stems.

You can either cut an entire stem into sections of an inch each or cut off the tip of a stem if you only need to plant a single cactus. For cutting, try these shears and see how they perform. Place the cuttings out in the air to dry for at least three days before potting.

To plant, poke the bottom end of the cuttings into the soil. Do not poke the cuttings too deeply into the soil, just about an eighth of an inch (2 cm) deep. You can use a stick to hold it firmly so that it doesn’t fall over. You should notice some root forming within two to three weeks of planting.

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Repotting Your Rat Tail Cactus the Right Way

Since rat tail cactus grow pretty quickly, you are better off repotting them once every year but only after their active growing season and flowering.

Repotting greatly helps to replenish nutrients for a flagelliformis as it quickly uses up the nutrients. When repotting, the best basket size to use for a rat tail is a 9” – inch basket and the best pot size is a 6” – inch pot.

When the cactus overgrows the pot or the basket size, it is time to discard the overgrown plant. Before discarding though, propagate and start a new plant. You can reuse the pots you already have but you will need to thoroughly clean it first.

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Common Pests and Diseases for Rat Tail Cactus

Rat tails have a high resistance to pests and diseases, however, they easily get attacked by red spider mites and a host of scale insects, so keep a pesticide nearby!

Spider mites are tiny almost invisible to the naked eye insects that cause damage to rat tail’s tissue. They do this by sucking up the sap from the leaves. You can easily spot them by their webbed nests. The best way to deal with spider mites is to immediately quarantine the affected plant as you treat it. Use a neem- oil- based insecticide If the infestation is heavy, otherwise just washing it under running water should suffice.

Scale insects are larger than spider mites so they can easily be spotted, as they are dome-shaped. Nevertheless, scale insects invade rat tail cactus by attaching themselves to their surface. Thus, to remove them you have to forcefully scrape them off or wipe off with a cotton swab dubbed in alcohol.

Another common concern for rat tail cactus is root rot. This is caused by overwatering or by poor drainage, so be sure you have this in check!


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There you have it, everything you need to know about the Rat Tail Cactus plant.

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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.

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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.

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 colourful blooms for your succulents when you choose your soil wisely.

For selecting the right succulent soil, the Succulent City team has published this book: The Best Soil Recommendations for Your Succulent. The book is all about how to choose the right soil for your lovely succulent, all knowledge needed from the most fundamental to expertise level information. You can buy this ebook in the SC shop. For the ultimate pack of Succulent knowledge, find it here! Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you around soon on

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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6 Best Indoor Succulents And Everything You Need To Know

6 Best Succulents for Indoor Gardens

When it comes to being a plant parent, succulents are easy fan favorites. Most types of succulents are easy to take care of, requiring relatively little attention compared to flowers and other houseplants.

And though succulents are a great, low-maintenance way to bring some green life into your home, some species of succulents are rather fussy when it comes to the amount of sunlight and temperatures they need to survive, while others can’t deal with the dry air that comes with being indoors.

Worse, some succulents are even known to be toxic to animals, so even though they might thrive in indoor environments, they might not be the best roommates for your furry friends.

Luckily, some succulents were seemingly made to sit atop your mantle without posing any threats to your animals or needing much effort when it comes to their watering schedules and positioning in the sun. Check out the best indoor succulents to add to your collection.

1. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

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The Burro’s Tail succulent is unlike the short, stubby plants you might picture when you hear the word “succulent.” As it ages, it gets pretty leggy, making it a great hanging plant as opposed to one you might place on a table or mantle. Even so, the Burro’s Tail thrives indoors where temperatures remain around the 70s. According to Nell at Joy Us Garden, a Burro’s Tail does need at least 4 hours of sun a day, but a bright shade or a partial sun will do. Plus, the ASPCA reports that this succulent won’t do your pets any harm.

We have an article you can check out here all about Burro’s Tail.

2. Haworthia

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According to Baylor Chapman, author and founder of florist company Lila B. Design, Haworthias are “tough, tough, tough” — in a good way, of course. According to Our House Plants, Haworthias can survive through just about anything, and even tolerate periods of neglect pretty well (meaning you can go on vacation without checking in to make sure your friends remember to come over and care for it). They do best without a lot of direct sunlight and are perfectly fine in average temperatures.

At only around three to five inches tall, the small plant can pretty much go anywhere in your house without having to be repotted. And though its relative, Aloe Vera, is very poisonous to both humans and animals if ingested, the Haworthia is a safe indoor companion.

Check out our article about this interesting Zebra Plant – Haworthia Fasciata!

3. Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis)

Copper Spoons Succulent Plant
Copper Spoons Succulent Image: @ecophilia

What sets this taller, tree-like plant apart from other succulents is its velvety copper leaves. It has a high heat-tolerance, so you can place it in those full-sun spots in your house that many other plants can’t handle. Plus, “it’s indestructible!” Flora Grubb Gardens garden designer Daniel Nolan told Sunset. “You can go on vacation for a month and not kill it.” Though Copper Spoons can apparently get up to a meter tall, they’re slow growers and when grown indoors, remain relatively small.


4. Echeveria

Echeveria Succulent Plant Close Up
Echeveria Succulent Plant Image: @erikassucculents

According to Certified Urban Agriculturalist Bonnie L. Grant, “Echeveria care is practically foolproof.” It doesn’t get much better than that! Youngs Garden Shop explains that these succulents prefer placement in bright filtered light, such as natural sunlight through a window, and urges keeping it in that same spot as “dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out.” They don’t need any fertilizer and you only have to water them once the soil is dry, so your life with an Echeveria will be pretty stress-free!

5. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Ponytail Palm Succulent Plant
Ponytail Palm Image: @jensjunglelife

If you love the look of palm trees but don’t live in the right climate, consider a Ponytail Palm. Though they are a type of succulent, their long leaves and thin trunk are deceiving! Like palm trees, Ponytails do best in full sun but are capable of surviving in lower light as well — it just might not get as large. Though Ponytails can reach about eight feet tall fully grown, they don’t need to be repotted and don’t require much watering.

6. Air Plant

Hanging Air Succulent Plant
Air Succulent Plant Image: @botanicalware

For those who can’t stand the thought of having to clean up any stray clumps of dirt in the house, you’re gonna love this: Air Plants can grow without soil. Seriously! According to Nell at Joy Us Garden, these special succulents grow by attaching themselves to other plants (but don’t worry — they’re not parasitic). They thrive in bright, indirect light, and as for temps, they like it pretty close to the same way we all do — below 90 and above freezing. Simple.

When it comes to watering, Air Plants do differ a bit from your typical succulents. You can easily spray them with water from a spray bottle, which you should do about one to two times a week, depending on how dry or humid the air in your house is. “But what they really like is to be soaked,” according to Nell from Joy Us Garden, a process that will keep your Air Plant happy for as long as two weeks. “The best way to water an air plant is to submerge it in a dish of water for 12 hours,” according to HGTV. “Air plants only take up as much water as they need, so you won’t overwater by doing this.”

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Last update on 2021-08-02 / Amazon