Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents

Will your succulents thrive or strive with grow lights above them?

You probably saw how succulents could survive indoors in a dry environment. You took up the idea to beautify your interiors using these exotic plants. On the other hand, succulents can add beauty to your exterior environment. When it is winter you will need to protect them from the frost and cold temperatures.

You are now worried about whether grow lights are harmful to your beautiful succulents. This article will help you know the interaction between your grower lights and succulents. You will get to understand the positives of using artificial lights for your plants, how to get the best out of the grow, and lots of other valuable information.

You will not find this elsewhere, simple, clear and workable.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
The Idea of Growing @maykdesigns

Light Needs for Your Succulents

Every plant requires light for it to stay alive. The light is essential in that it helps the plants during the food making process called photosynthesis. Without the light, there will be no food for the plant, and without the food, there will be no life for the plant.

This food theory is quite different when it comes to succulents. The plants have thick and fleshy leaves which enables them to store food for longer, unlike other plants. This phenomenon may beg the question of whether grow lights are of any importance when having a succulent indoors.

The Answer to This Question is NO.

Succulents are known to survive indoors without direct sunlight. The light from an open window is enough for the plant to process its food and stay alive. Even when it’s winter, you do not necessarily need to budget for grow lights for your succulents if your primary goal is for them to survive before being kicked out when the snow stops falling.

Don’t miss out on our EbookBest Lighting Practices for Succulent Growth” for a full guide to lighting your succulents.

Grow Lights for Succulents vs No Grow Lights

If plants can go without grow light, should you be bothered about purchasing them?

Colorful, bright, lively, and lovely succulents may be hard to come by without the use of grow lights indoors. Plants bring amazing aesthetics to your interiors. But wait, etiolated and faded leaves will not be part of this mission. It will be like carrying a wounded soldier into a raging battlefield.

You can now comfortably claim that grow lights are necessary for beautiful indoor succulents. Also, check out “7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments” for more indoor succulent options.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
The Aesthetic Value of Your Houses @skys_succulents

Amount of Artificial Lighting Recommended for Succulents

Equilibrium brings sanity, even to plants.

However, for your succulents, never should you be worried about anything to do with maximum artificial lighting levels.

The adaptation factors of succulents make them survive in hot and dry climates. Such is the main reason why we expect cactus plants all over the desert and nowhere near the Amazon forest. If you’re worried whether too much light from a grow light will wreak havoc on your succulents, then you are yet to experience the amount of sunlight in the desert.

Possible Facts

Succulent can take as much light as possible. If you want them to glow even in the wee hours of the morning when no one is seeing them, keep your grow light on.

However, there is one more unique thing with succulents.  They will need some darkness to grow and develop. Switch off your lights at some point of the night. You can use automatic timed regulators for the same.

Best Grow Light for Succulents

Well, succulent can tolerate lots of hardships, but you definitely want what is best for them. With a market flooded with different types of artificial lights, there are several factors that you can consider. Check out our review on the best possible grow lights to buy. Check out “Best Grow Lights Reviewed by Succulent Lovers” for more.

Here is a simplified guide to finding the best lighting system for your dear plants.

The Power of The Lamps

The sun provides at least 10000 lumens of light on an average day. If you can manage to get the same amount of light for your succulents, then you are confident of getting optimum results. You can tweak your lamps by keeping them on for longer hours to match the amount of light produced by the sun. 12 to 14 hours is a good measure.

Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents
Light for Succulents @szydlowskaiza

 Wattage

The higher the wattage, the more you’ll be paying for electricity bills. You don’t want to break the bank by making your succulents increase your bills. Energy-efficient bulbs are also great for achieving a sustainable environment.

Heat Radiation

Lamps convert electrical energy into light and heat. Most types of bulbs will produce heat; for some of them, you cannot touch them while on as they can cause injury.

Grow lights that emit vast amounts of heat can burn your plants. This will mean you have to move them a distance further away. On the other hand, getting the plants far away will deprive them of the light.

Be wary of the make of your lights before purchasing them. Read your manual well to determine the best distance between the grow light and your succulents.

Color Temperature

Do you understand what color temperatures are? This is the visible light that your succulent will be radiating. The measure of color temperature is in kelvins.

Optimum color temperature for indoor succulents is in the range of 5000 to 6500 Kelvins. However, you can tweak your color temperature to suit your preferences. For instance, a color temperature of as low as 3000 kelvins is suitable for blooming succulents while highs of 6500k kelvins will be good for stimulating growth.

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Color Light for Succulents @1960tuni

Are grow lights bad for my succulents? No.

Grow lights are a good idea for your indoor succulent plants. They help them remain in the best shape and size with little stress.

The need for grow lights is dependent on whether you want your succulents to remain beautiful when indoors, or you want them to survive the harsh winter conditions. Let us know in the comments below what kind of grow lights do you have at home.

Enjoyed learning about “Are Grow Lights Bad for My Succulents”? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Essential Tools for Planting the Best Succulents“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents. 

Happy planting! 🌵

The 11 Best Trailing Succulents You Should Have

There are about 10,000 succulent species out there.

This is an advantage to you as a houseplants enthusiast, right?

You get a variety – in more ways than you can wish for. In terms of color, shape, and size; everything you want is taken care of. You know what else? The growing habits. Sure, succulents have the appeal of being compact for a larger part. They can fit into their assigned spaces for the longest time. It is just one of the reasons for its popularity. But what if you are the type that prefers some dangling stems in your gardening resume? What options do succulents offer you?

As mentioned – more than you can wish for. But for a start, grab yourself this list of 11 best trailing succulents. Also, be sure to check out “16 Types of Succulents” for more variety to your succulent shopping list.

The 11 Best Trailing Succulents
Variety of Succulents @plantsofjoy

1. Monkey’s Tail (Hildewintera colademononis)

This hairy beauty is a Bolivian native and produces multiple stems – that develop later on as it grows.

The entire stems are usually covered with soft white hairy spines. The spines, though, still allow the light green color of the stems to shine through. Add on it the bright red flowers that the stems bring forth once and you’ll have a complete sight to behold.

The stems can grow to a length of up to 2 ½ meters. Check out our piece on the monkey’s tail in “The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus“.

2. The String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

Endemic to South Africa, the succulent offers so much versatility as far as the potting containers are concerned. From teeny teacups to hanging baskets – everything goes. And it is sure to turn heads.

It has globular pea-like leaves with a light-green color.  The stems can attain a length of nearly 1 meter.

As with any other succulents, it is easy to care for. The only thing you want to watch out for is the frost – the two don’t get along well. And it’s the succulent that will always give way.

3. Rat Tail Cactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis)

Mexico is the home to this third entry. Want a leggy succulent ideal for both indoor and outdoor growth? The rat tail cactus is your best option.

The green stems are covered with fuzzy-like small fine hairs and can grow up to 3 ft. The flowers are conspicuous and can be either red or pink.

Take a look at more info having to do with the Rat Tail Cactus in “The Rat Tail Cactus: Everything You Need To Know”

The 11 Best Trailing Succulents
The Cactus Like a Rat Tail @cactusmagazine

4. Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)

The burro’s tail is native to southern Mexico.

It has long flat pointy leaves that are either light-green or blue-green. The plants can grow to as much as 4 ft. from the hanging basket. Their flowers come out during the summer – taking on either a pink or red pigment.

The burro’s tail boosts of being easy to propagate which has made it a popular option among the trailing succulents. Check out this piece on the Burro’s tail, “Sedum Morganianum— the Burros Tail Succulent Plant

Just remember to give it full sun exposure. It loves that!

5. Calico Kitten (Crassula pellucida variegate)

Remember the variety that comes with succulents? The colors aspect to be precise. You can find lots of it in this single plant.

The heart-shaped variegated leaves come in a combo of colors – pink, cream, purple and green. Good luck with finding any succulent with this diversity. What’s more, the color can vary depending on the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to. For full sun exposure, the leaves turn into a dark purple hue. This jewel bears white flowers. Check out other amazing colored succulents in “8 Blue Succulents You Need in Your Succulent Garden

6. The String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

This hardy plant is native to South Africa.

It gets its name from the characteristic banana-shaped green leaves. Flowers can take on a lavender, white or yellow color. On top of the nice aesthetics, the flowers also produce an inviting cinnamon scent.

One huge advantage of this plant is its rapid growth.

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The Shape of a Banana @alby.and.co

7. Wax Plant (Hoya pachyclada)

It’s endemic to Asia, Australia and the southern parts of India. This is the second plant here tolerant of both outdoor and indoor growing conditions.

The leaves are green for a larger part with the regions towards the edges being red. The spring and summer are the best periods to experience the full beauty of the wax plant. During these seasons, it puts out showy white blooms.

You’ll do the plant well by providing it with partial shade.

8. Ruby Necklace (Othona capensis)

This South African native is another multi-colored trailer. The leaves are bean-shaped and blue-green. The stems on, their part, are purple. The plant bears yellow flowers. And the colors here are not a faded lot – they are as bright as you can imagine.

That with their blend makes the ruby necklace an invaluable leafy jewel.

Want more options in succulents from Africa? Take a look at “8 Most Popular Succulents from Africa” for more.

9. Climbing Aloes (Aloiampelos ciliaris)

The climbing aloe is native to South Africa. It’s a hardy plant that, just like the string of bananas above, grows rapidly. In fact, it has the highest growth rate among all the aloes.

The green fleshy leaves have white soft hair-like teeth (ciliaris) growing along the margins. The leaves are curved downwards and act as anchors for the plant as it climbs. Blooms are orange-red and come out between November and April. Take a look at another type of Aloe you probably didn’t know about in “Aloe Aristata— the Torch Plant“.

You can easily propagate the climbing aloe via cuttings.

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Resident to South Africa @tristellarel

10. The String of Nickels (Dischidia mummularia)

The plant gets its name from the appearance of its leaves – round, flat and bluish-grey. More like pieces of coins. The flowers are creamy-white.

Its natural habitat (the tropical rainforest) calls for a different ball game in caring for them, but not so much. You will need to provide it with soil that is specifically made for epiphytes, more humidity than your average succulents and indirect light.

11. Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

The peanut cactus is originally from Argentina.

It grows in clamps with individual stems reaching a length of 10cm. Soft small spines that are white cover each stem. The stems bear showy orange flowers. Check out another type of cactus, like the star cactus in “Everything You Didn’t Know About the Star Cactus—Astrophytum Asterias“.

Remember to keep the mix as dry as possible during winter.

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That was it! 11 best trailing succulents! Of course, there is more. We are talking about succulents, remember. Options are endless!!

But hey, there is always a starting point, right? You can start with a few and add on as time goes by. You can extend your collection to include the entire list – and then some more. Who said you can’t have it all? Let us know in the comments below the types of succulents you have in your house.

Loved learning about these succulents and now inspired to add more to your collection?! (We don’t blame you) Check out Succulent City’s new line of Ebooks covering topics from, “All the Types of Succulents for Indoor and Outdoor,” “Different Types of Planters,” and many more helpful in-depth Ebooks. Head to this link to view our full line of ebooks and get started with our complimentary guide.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to also check out more insight on types of succulents in “5 Types of Air Plants” or “9 Types of Cacti“. Also, check out our Instagram and Facebook for more succulent-loving fun. Tag us in your succulent related posts for a chance to be featured on our page!

Happy Planting 🌵

5 Best Outdoor Succulents-Improve Your Garden Scenery Now

Is your garden looking ‘meh’?

How do you make your garden stand out from the rest of your neighbors? You could add a couple of gnomes and lighting tricks to make things a little different, but that can get tricky, tiring and expensive! We just want to lounge around watching our succulents grow right?

You’re in luck! Beautiful mother nature thinks of everything and has mysterious and outlandish succulents that you can grow to transform your garden from drab to fab.

Have a look at the best outdoor succulents that are sure to improve your garden’s scenery and will most likely make your neighbor jealous!

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Okay, back to outdoor succulents!

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Let’s grow some outdoor succulents @botanicalsmh

Agave Ovatifolia—Whale’s Tongue

Sitting as a solitary stunner in a decorative container, the Agave Ovatifolia is an evergreen perennial that will melt the heart of even the most lethargic of gardeners. Standing proudly at heights between 2 and 5 ft tall, this succulent boasts naturally cupped, broad leaves forming as a rounded rosette. The thick leaves on this outdoor succulent are grey to powdery blue in color, have small, sharp teeth along the margins and a long, dark grey, terminal spine. Get your own Agave Ovatifolia, here!

This succulent originally hails from Nuevo Leon in North Eastern Mexico and it is commonly known as Agave or Whale’s Tongue. The size of the plant can be determined by the amount of irrigation the succulent gets. Agave does brilliantly in well-draining soil, try our go-to potting soil here, and has minimal water requirements, mostly during the summer. Here’s a nifty little watering can you can use!

This slow growing plant will produce flowers only once in its lifetime and this is after it is more than 15 years old! Dense clusters of yellow-green flowers develop from a long, dark grey terminal spine and the main crown dies after blooming.

Agave is famous for being both drought resistant and cold hardy, making it an exceptional outdoor succulent. Place this plant away from traffic as its sharp teeth could be harmful to children and pets.

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Agave Ovatifolias @agaveobsessed

Sempervivum—Hens and Chicks

When looking for an outdoor succulent that will literally spread and fill the earth, look no further than Sempervivum or Hens and Chicks as it is colloquially known. With its origins in Western Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, Sempervivum was planted on roof tops to keep roof slates in place as well as to protect from lightening and fire. Looking through Air BnB, you will certainly find some old European cottages that still have Hens and Chicks on the roof.

This low growing plant propagates via offsets, with the parent rosettes or ‘mother’ plant referred to as ‘hens’ and the offsets that spring from them referred to as ‘chicks’. The succulent takes on the form of a compact rosette and boasts thick, fleshy leaves that grow alternately from a central point, check it out here, from Amazon!

Sempervivum reproduces with wild abandon, and its cold tolerance and hardiness make it a survivor under the most unpleasant circumstances. They have been known to survive in Michigan and Colorado where temperatures have dropped to -34°C!

There are over 40 different species of cultivars that have been developed from the genus Sempervivum, and these can be differentiated by color. Some examples are the Terracotta Baby that has orangey-red foliage, the Bernstein that has copper leaves with sprinkles of gold and Big Blue that has bluish-green leaves. Whatever your preference, there is definitely a Hens and Chicks species to suit your landscape needs and outdoor succulents desire.

For a more in-depth look and the proper care for the Hens and Chicks succulent, head over to our article How to Grow Hens and Chicks Succulents now!

5 Best Outdoor Succulents
Hens and Chicks @succulentsoflosfeliz

Senecio Mandraliscae—Blue Chalk Sticks

The Senecio Mandraliscae is also referred to as Blue Chalk Sticks or Blue Finger, and true to its name, it has silvery blue, pencil-like fleshy leaves that grow between 2 and 4 inches long. This exotic native of South Africa resembles a sea urchin and looks fantastic as ground cover, especially when in contrast with other plants. Get your own Blue Chalk Sticks succulent, here, from Amazon.

The leaves of this succulent have a waxy, white coat that helps protect it from hot, dry conditions, perfect for an outdoor succulent. Blue Chalk Sticks produce small, white flowers in the middle of summer. It enjoys areas where there is full sunshine or light shade. Give your Blue Chalk Sticks a beautiful, blue home in these pots. They’ll contrast beautifully together!

This plant can grow between 12 and 18 inches tall and creates a thick mat that forms from the ground with its leaves facing up. As a drought-tolerant succulent, Blue Chalk Sticks can survive for long periods without water.

You can tell that they are dying of thirst when the leaves start to wilt and shrink. Like most succulents, Blue Chalk Sticks prefer to be watered only when the soil is completely dry.

Think you may have over-watered your succulent and concerned about rotting? Check out our article “Why is My Succulent Rotting?” to see what you can do to save your succulent baby.

This succulent not only adds aesthetic value to rock gardens, boarders or terrariums, but word on the gardening- grapevine is that it is also known to be fire resistant.

5 Best Outdoor Succulents
Blue Chalk Sticks @succulentnz

Pachycereus Marginatus—Mexican Fence Post Cactus

Have you ever wanted a natural fence for your piece of land? Well, we have the perfect environmental friendly solution for you.

Making a strong vertical statement where ever it appears, the Mexican Fence Post Cactus is truly a sight to behold. This outdoor succulent is amply named after Mexican villagers used it to construct a living fence, especially along the roads. Talk about the perfect outdoor succulent, with protective features!

Before we forget, any one of these outdoor succulents can be delivered to your doorstep with a subscription box too! Don’t hesitate to check it out for yourself at Succulents Box, we’re getting one this week!

It shoots straight up from the ground, and unlike other cacti varieties, the Mexican Fence Post does not grow arms. Instead, its little ones (offshoots) grow right next to the ‘parent’ but vertically, similar to a pipe organ. The ‘post’ has 4 to 6 symmetrical ridges with rows of small, white thorns that (from a distance) make the succulent look like it has white stripes.

This handsome cactus can reach up to 20 feet tall, and develops faster with supplemental irrigation. (Unless you have a 20ft ceiling, this succulent might only be an outdoor succulent). During spring time, this succulent produces showy, pinkish-red flowers that further develop into red fruits with black seeds. Get your own Mexican Fence Post Cactus, here!

Being such a popular character, the Pachycereus Marginatus also goes by the names Central Mexico Pipe Organ, Organ Pipe Cactus and Organo.

It’s pretty clear from the name that this plant originates from… yeah; you guessed it, Central Mexico!

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Mexican Fence Post Cacti standing tall @stevevonsteen

Echinocactus Grusonii – Golden Barrel Cactus

Have you heard about the succulent that desert travelers used as a compass? Allow us to introduce you to Echinocactus Grusonii, commonly known as the Golden Barrel Cactus. This whimsical plant is sometimes referred to as the Golden Ball Cactus or Mother-in-law’s cushion.

Spherical in shape, the Golden Barrel Cactus has ribs around it that are covered with hooked yellow spines. The spines may be slightly curved or straight and occasionally appear white in color.  The plant has a wooly, thick, hairy mat at the top that produces yellow, cup shaped flowers.  The cactus may reach a height of up to 1 meter and has a life span of 30 years. Only mature species produce flowers when grown outdoors with full exposure to the sun.

As the plant grows older, it starts to take more of an oblong shape, leaning to the south or south west, hence the compass theory. This succulent is a full sun worshiper and has a tendency to suddenly rot away when in low light environments.

If you are hoping to stand out in your neighborhood, this is the perfect plant to create a striking statement. Whether planted in groups, in a quirky container or alongside rocks, Golden Barrel Cactus definitely attracts attention wherever it grows. Ready to buy your own? Get it on Amazon, here!

5 Best Outdoor Succulents
Golden Barrel Cacti @designs4seasons

These are just a snippet of the different varieties of succulents that you can grow outdoors and at the same time, be different from the rest of the landscapes around you!

Which ones are you excited to plant? We think the Mexican Fence Post Cactus will surely add some unique vibes to our outdoors gardens!

Before you go out and buy all of these succulents (because who are we kidding— they’re all awesome), check out our guides to help you ensure you get the most out of your new outdoor plants! Check out When You Should Water Your Succulents, How to Propagate Your Succulents Successfully, and How to Get Rid of Mealy Bugs.

Do you own any of these succulents already? Show us! Tag us in your photos on Instagram, or share your photos in our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City plant Lounge. We’d love to see!

Enjoyed learning about 5 Best Outdoor Succulents? If so, you’ll really enjoy the ebook about All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Have fun, and happy planting! ?

7 Best Succulents for Low Light Environments

So, maybe the architect who designed your house or apartment never took into consideration that one day, you might want a house plant. You have windows, but the light is never really enough to keep a sun-lover alive, with most plants screaming “Heck no, we won’t grow!”

Do you give up all together on the dream of being a plant parent?

Heck no! We won’t let it be so!

There are a variety of succulents that you can maintain in low light environments and thrive and that will brighten up your home or office, and have you feeling like a proud plant parent.

Here are 7 succulents that thrive in low light environments so that you too can get the opportunity to chant: “Heck yeah! We can grow!”

Best Succulents for Low Light Environments
Low light succulents @_abbiewilliams_

Sedum Morganianum—Burro’s Tail

Named after the Spanish word for donkey, Burro’s Tail is indigenous to Southern Mexico and Honduras. It also goes by Lamb’s Tail and Horse’s Tail. True to its name, this low light succulent does resemble a braided tail, as it cascades in an overlapping pattern from hanging pots or the edge of a balcony. You can get your burro’s tail own on Amazon! Check it out, here.

Burro’s tail have thick, fleshy leaves that look like long, fat grains of rice, in shades of dark green, green-grey and even blue-green. The leaves look like they have been dusted with a waxy, pale blue powder called epicuticular wax (say this 10 times fast), which helps the plant retain moisture and protect it from sun exposure. The plant’s luxurious stem is heavy because the leaves retain moisture and they can grow up to 24 inches long.

As pretty as the succulent looks, it can be extremely sensitive. This is not your regular touchy-feely plant.  The leaves can fall off very easily with the slightest brush, and sometimes even when you just give the plant an evil eye. This makes it an obvious and massive mistake to try and re-pot this succulent.

You will be left holding a bare stem, unfortunately.

Burro’s Tail however has minimal needs in terms of care. It only requires about 4 hours of light daily and it should not be direct sunlight, as this will make its leaves start to turn yellow. It should be watered only when the soil is completely dry. Too much water can cause the stem to rot or even kill your succulent. Think your succulent may be rotting? Check out our article “Why is My Succulent Rotting?” to find out what you can do to salvage it!

Let your Burro’s Tail brighten up your indoor space with its unique appearance, and remember to place it somewhere away from passing traffic, where you can look but not touch. Hanging planters like these will look marvelous and complement your burro’s tail quite well, without the worry of someone bumping into low light succulents!

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Flourishing burro’s tail @mountainorganicsbotanicals

Haworthia Cuspidata—Star Window Plant

The Haworthia cuspidata is a cross between Haworthia retusa and Haworthia cymbiformis and is prevalent to the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

This exceptional succulent has plump, boat shaped leaves that range in color from lime green to greenish-grey. The leaves form as a tightly-packed rosette and with the right amount of light bouncing off the succulent, the leaves tends to look translucent, almost see-through, giving the plant its other name, the Star Window plant.

Some species have a white or red tip running along the outside edge of the leaves which are filled with aloe. The Star Window plant only grows between 3 and 5 inches, making it a perfectly compact plant to fit in an old tea cup, like this one!

This succulent, likes areas away from direct sunlight and should not be allowed to sit in water for any amount of time. It does well in dry, well-draining soil, and because it grows in clusters, it can be propagated easily from offsets or leaf cuttings. Take a look at our guide on how to propagate succulents successfully, here.

The aloe found in the leaves of the Haworthia Cuspidata has been known to have some therapeutic effects on sunburns, cold sores, itching and inflammation. It is also famous for being a resilient plant and is therefore safe to have with curious pets. Try out the magic of aloe, here!

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Baby star window plant @live.love.plant.grow

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia—ZZ Plants

The Zamioculcas zamiifolia stems from Kenya in East Africa and has been spotted sprouting roots right down to Northern parts of South Africa. This tropical perennial was commercialized by the Dutch in 1996 and is known around the world as ZZ, Zanzibar Gem, Zuzu Plant, Emerald Palm and Eternity plant.

ZZ is a stunner, boasting naturally waxy, glossy green leaves, protruding from a stem that can reach up to 3 feet long. It can occasionally be seen spotting tiny flowers that grow at the base of the stem, but these are difficult to see as they are usually covered up by the leaves.

This no-fuss plant, which is also available on Amazon here, is a popular in-house feature because it grows well, albeit slowly, in areas with low to bright indirect light. Like most succulents, you have to be careful about how much water you give ZZ. The good thing is it has an in-built indicator. When you spot the leaves starting to drop, ZZ needs more water. If the leaves start to turn yellow, ZZ has had too much water. Get yourself a beautiful, indoor planter, here, for your ZZ plant!

There are rumors that this particular plant, if ingested, could be harmful to inquisitive children and pets. Whether or not this rumor is substantiated, it is advisable to keep it at a distance from wandering fingers and mouths.

That being said, did you know that the low light succulents ZZ is an air purifier? It cleans airborne toxins, like Toluene and Xylene, from indoor air and restores oxygen levels in the room. Spend one evening with this plant and you will increase your oxygen levels, lower your blood pressure and reduce stress, all in one!

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ZZ plant goals @zzbotanicalandhome

Beaucarnea Recurvata—Ponytail Palm

This is the Ponytail Palm, but unlike the name, this is not a palm tree. Thanks to its ability to store water in its bulbous trunk, Ponytail Palm falls more towards succulents. The bulging stump gives root to a thinner stem that ends in long, slender, hair-like leaves that look like they have been tied in a ponytail. Yes, Ponytail Palm!

This Mexican beauty also goes by Elephant Foot and Bottle Plant while its scientific name is Beaucarnea recurvata. An enthusiastic sun lover, Ponytail Palm can grow up to 30 feet (9.14 meters) high if given the chance, and back home in Mexico, you could find some that are over 350 years old! However, this totally forgiving plant will let you control its growth movements by keeping it in low light environments.

Ponytail Palm, like any succulent, needs soil with good drainage and can last for up to 3 weeks without a drink. As tempting as it may seem to give Ponytail Pat a haircut, do not do that. The edges of the leaves will turn brown and start to dry up. For more insight on what the best potting soils are for your succulent babies, read on with this article!

Fun fact: The ASPCA approved Ponytail Palm to be non-toxic to cats, dogs, children, and horses! To ensure your pets’ safety, here’s 7 succulents that are poisonous for pets— keep your fur babies safe!

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Growing pony tail palm @allaboutthemroots

Gasterias—Little Warty

A distant relative of the haworthia’s and aloes, the Gasterias is a perennial succulent that is a local inhabitant of South Africa. This plant honestly has a very weird look, but then again, weird is underrated.

Gasterias has long fleshy leaves that are shaped like a tongue and have outgrowths that look like warts on the surface. This makes the leaves have a rough texture like sandpaper. This feature relates to its other names; Little Warty, Ox Tongue, Cow’s Tongue or Lawyer’s Tongue. Get your own, here!

Unlike the rosette arrangement of most aloe’s, the leaves of Gasterias grow opposite one another along a central axis and the stem tends to spiral as the plant develops, sometimes getting to 3 feet tall. Get yourself the perfect-sized pot for your Little Warty, here!

Little Warty usually blooms between spring and summer, with flowers appearing on branched inflorescences that grow pretty high above the foliage. The flowers are usually pinkish-reddish in color and have a sac-like shape that resembles a stomach – probably where the name Gasterias is derived from (Latin for stomach).

This unique looking succulent is a happy camper in cool rooms with limited sunlight and prefers well-draining, sandy soil.

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Schlumbergera—Holiday Cacti

Technically, this is not one plant, but 3 diverse species that are summed up under the name Schlumbergera. Don’t worry, allow us to explain.

  1. The Schlumbergera truncates is called the Thanksgiving cactus and has pointed leaf margins.
  2. The Schlumbergera bridgesii is known as the Christmas cactus has smaller, smooth, segmented edges.
  3. The Schlumbergera gaertneri is identified as the Easter cactus and has bristles at the end of each leaf.

These names are as a result of the holiday closest to the dates when their flowers bloom and the main difference being the shape of the leaves. Isn’t that pretty cool, so thoughtful if you ask me!

This spineless cactus has leaf-like pods that look like they have been stapled together, while the stems act as photosynthesis organs for the plant.

Large, bright and colourful flowers pop up from areoles on the tips of the stems and range in color to include yellow, orange, white, pink, red, scarlet, salmon and magenta. Depending on the species you choose, you could get upward facing flowers or downward facing flowers. Let your vivacious cacti steal the show, and plant them in these minimalistic pots!

Dawning from the coastal mountains of South Eastern Brazil, the Holiday Cacti do well in cool and shaded areas with high humidity levels. Thinking of brightening up your home before the holidays, this is a sure way to go.

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Haworthia Margaritifera—Pearly Dots

Known as a close cousin to the aloe plant, these small, rare beauties are a sight to behold.

Growing in tightly packed, stem-less rosettes, the Haworthia Margaritifera has chunky, blue-green leaves that are covered all over in small white bumps, giving the succulent a distinct appearance that you cannot miss. These bumps led to nick names such as Pearly Dots, Pearl Plant and Cushion Aloe.

This succulent tends to bloom early in the summer and produces tiny, brownish-white flowers. They can grow to be about 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Pearly Dots is not a picky plant and it prefers medium to indirect light with minimal watering. It should never sit in water, and like most succulents, it does well in either sandy soil or a cactus mix.

This South African native looks stunning in unusual containers, maybe one like this, and can be gifted to anyone starting out as a green thumb.

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