10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer

For just a few months through the year, succulents will flower in the summer. The rest of the time, most of these desert plants are appreciated for their beautiful leaves. Well, when it comes to succulents, their blooms are worth the wait. They appear in a burst of color, different shapes and sizes, completely transforming what may have appeared to be a basic garden. If you want your garden to be a sight to behold during the summer and in some cases other times in the year, here are 10 succulents that you should nurture.

Aloe Vera

Most succulents are native to Mexico (see more here), though this succulent with abundant healing properties is native to Africa and the Mediterranean. The leaves grow long, slender and upright through the year. Then in early spring, spikes with bright yellow or orange flowers shoot out of the plants. They offer a delectable feast for hummingbirds, adding even more beauty to your garden. Aloe Vera comes in numerous flowering varieties, so choose a plant that matches your style.

Browse more succulents with blooming yellow flowers.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Aloe Vera plant all the way from Mexico @mosullivannyc

Christmas Cactus

Also known as the Schlumbergera, the Christmas Cactus sprouts lots of flowers when in bloom. These come in a large number of colors including bright pink, red, yellow and orange. Where most succulents flower at the beginning of spring, these will flower closer to the end of autumn. This explains why they are called the Christmas Cactus. They have one other characteristic that makes them worth keeping, and that is that they will often bloom more than once in the year. If they stay in a cool and dark place, then you will see more flowers out of them.

Orchid Cactus

There are many ways to enjoy succulents, and this is one flower that looks stunning when the plant is grown in a hanging basket. Find the most beautiful hanging planters here for your Orchid Cactus. The stems of the succulent are long, serrated and broad. The flowers are wide and bright and come in a wide range of colors. These include shared of orange, yellow, red, purple, pink and white. There are also some flowers that have more than one color if your indecisive and would prefer getting more for less effort.

Purple Ice Plant

This succulent is also known as the Delosperma cooperi. The leaves of the succulent are thick and needle-shaped. Throughout the summer, bright purple flowers that resemble daisies blossom from this plant. They normally shoot out at least four inches from the base of the plant creating what appears to be a purple flower carpet on the ground.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Known as the Delosperma Cooperi @lethal.red

Carrion Flower

Also known as the lifesaver cactus. This is a flower that is all about character, as it looks cool and funky. The flower has two colors a light yellow and brown. On one part of the flower, there are stripes, and in the middle of the flower, there are spots. There is only one feature of this plant that you need to be aware of, and that is their smell. They are meant to attract flies, and that they do. Thankfully, the smell is not too strong, so no need to invest in a gag for your gardening. A brilliant flower to keep indoors.

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Peanut Cactus

Large and vibrant, the flowers of this plant will stop you in your trucks. They come in two colors, orange or white and are quite large compared to the cactus plant itself. It is ideal to keep this plant flowering indoors as it has smooth spines, which makes them safe for children as well as pets.

Night Blooming Cereus

For a touch of adventure, you should get your hands on this succulent. While others flower during the day, you will need to stay up late to catch this succulents’ flowers opening up after dark. The flowers are white, abundant and thick. There are so many flowers that you may find it hard to see the stalks of the succulent when the plant is in full bloom.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Night blooming Cereus succulent plant.

The Desert Rose

With a delicate name like Desert Rose, you can look forward to a stunning offering from this plant. The flowers come in various shades of red and pink, as well as white. This succulent features a fat trunk and can grow to an astonishing 10 feet tall over a long period of time. In the spring and summer in cold areas, the flowers will blossom. If you happen to be nurturing this plant in a warm climate, then you can look forward to enjoying the flowers all year round.

See what succulents are the best for both the summer climates and winter climates here. Each different type of succulent has it’s own hurdles for its growth!

Ruby Ball

Not all flowers need to have delicate petals. There are some which are bright statement pieces with a totally unique look. That is what you can expect from the Ruby Ball. The flower actually looks like a bright cactus atop a stem. There are at least 15 different colors available including yellow, white, red and purple.

10 Beautiful Flowering Succulents You Need for the Summer
Pieces With a Distinctive Look @kaiaplaca

Prickly Pear Cactus

Seen in homes around the world, as well as celebrated by Baloo the bear in Jungle Book, this common cactus has brilliant, bright flowers. They come in several colors and grow at the tips of the paddle-shaped stems of the succulent. The colors include orange, yellow, red and pink. These flowers give more than just beauty. They turn into a fruit that is sweet and can be used to make juice, jam or sweets.

Whether you like rose-shaped flowers, the pretty petals of a daisy, or even the delicate bell shape of honeysuckle, you will find a succulent with a flower to match your preference. You can decide which flower you want based on whether you are keeping your plants indoors or outdoors. The beauty about these succulents is that even though most flower in the summer, there are some which you can care for which will flower all year round. Don’t rush to pluck them and put them into a vase just yet. They look their best when they are left to blossom on the plant.

Do You Know Any Other Flowering Succulents?

Let us know some of your most favorite succulents that bloom beautiful flowers too! Go ahead and comment it down below, or better yet, show it to us with a picture here at the Succulent Plant Lounge.

Also, before we end off this article. How would you answer this question, are you having trouble with growing your succulents? If you answered yes to this you might be a victim to the common issues and mistakes that beginners make. Learn more about these mistakes and how you can easily fix them step by step, just click here for the ebook!

5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had at Work

Let’s face it—most offices are pretty drab. Boring white walls, harsh fluorescent lighting, and cubicles are fixtures in many offices, and they don’t make for the most inspiring work environment!

Don’t you want to be creatively inspired by the environment around you?We sure do!

Luckily, there’s a way to spice up your cubicle—office succulents! There are plenty of indoor succulents that are small enough to be grown on your desk, and today we’re going to give you a big list of them.

Here are five office succulents that will brighten up your workspace and help you get through the workweek!

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Aloe Vera

Aloe plants have long, pointy green leaves, and are known throughout the world for their healing properties. The gel inside is great for soothing sunburns and has been used to treat all kinds of skin conditions for centuries, which you could try out here!. Rumor has it that it was even part of Cleopatra’s daily skincare routine!

Regular Aloe plants grow slowly indoors and don’t get to be too large, but you may still want to get a dwarf variety like Aloe descoingsii or haworthioides. They make great office succulents because they don’t get to be more than a few inches tall or wide.

Aloe plants do pretty well indoors as long as they get enough sunlight. If you have a reasonably bright office, your plant should be just fine! But watch out for signs that it’s not getting enough light, like droopy leaves leaves that grow downwards instead of upwards.

If this happens to your plant, you may have to set up some artificial lights at your desk. Bringing a grow light into the office isn’t too extra, right?

Are you loving aloe vera plant yet? You can buy them on Amazon, here!

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spirling aloe… the best kind of aloe @succulentcity

Christmas Cactus—Schlumbergera

The Christmas Cactus is known for its bright, beautiful blooms. They flower right around Christmas, which is how they got their name. Their flowers may be red, pink, orange, purple, or cream.

Surprisingly, the Christmas Cactus is native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, not the desert! It grows on trees branches in the canopy and loves the humidity of the rainforest.

You probably don’t have a tree growing in the middle of your office, so you can plant your cactus in regular container soil, like this, and it’ll do just fine! Just remember to water it more often than you water your other cacti, because it likes a more humid environment. Once a week should be enough, but watch your plant for signs of dehydration like limpness. Here’s a perfect- sized watering bottle we found that’ll fit right in your desk drawer!

As far as light requirements go, this cactus doesn’t need much, which is why it’s a perfect office succulent. It likes partial shade better than bright sunlight, so it should do well on your desk even if it isn’t near a window. Get your own Christmas Cactus on Amazon, right here.

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pink Christmas cactus @fishnsucculentz

Jade Plant—Crassula Ovata

Jade plants are said to bring good luck and prosperity, so they’re a great plant to keep on your desk! They’re known as the dollar plant and are often kept near the entrances of offices, restaurants and shops in China to attract customers and profits.

Jade plants, available to buy here, are the best office succulents not only because they bring good fortune, but also because they do well in low light conditions and stay small, especially if you prune them. They don’t take up too much space and you won’t have to haul a grow light into your office to keep them healthy… score!

They’re super pretty, too, which is a bonus! Take a look in our Jade Plant article here for more photos and an in-depth guide on caring for these beautiful plants. They look like tiny trees because they have woody stems and glossy green leaves. Some Jade plants have round leaves and others like the ‘Gollum’ variety have beautiful tubular leaves. Any variety would look adorable sitting on your desk, especially if you plant it in a cute planter like this one!

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beautiful close up of a Jade @mygreenheart73

Snake Plant—Sansevieria Trifasciata

Is your office kinda stuffy? If it doesn’t have great air quality and circulation, you may want to think about getting a snake plant.

Snake plants, which are available on Amazon, remove harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. Really? Yes, really!

Your office probably has some of these and other toxic chemicals floating around in the air—they’re found in everything from aerosol sprays, like Lysol, and cleaning products to carpets and flooring.

The good news is that snake plants are very effective at removing these toxins. NASA put it on a list of the best air purifying plants, so you’ll be safe from harmful chemicals as long as this plant is on your desk!

Snake plants are beautiful, so you won’t mind them being there on your desk one bit, especially in a trendy planter like one of these 12! They have gorgeous green leaves that stand nice and tall. Some varieties have different colors along the edges of their leaves, which just adds to their prettiness! Check out our article devoted to the snake plant to learn proper care and to see some additional photos of this beautiful plant!

Some varieties also have a more compact growth habit, which makes them perfect office succulent plants! Try to find a Whitney or Futura Superba snake plant. They both have beautiful variegated leaves and won’t get too large for your desk. Try putting them in some adorable color block planters like these to make them look even more beautiful!

Haworthia Succulents

Haworthias are the perfect office succulents because they’re so small and cute! They’ll never get to be too big for your workspace—the biggest ones are only 12 inches in diameter and a few inches tall.

We love this plant’s dark green, pointy leaves. They’re usually covered with white dots or stripes, which makes them so visually interesting, and why the Haworthia Fasciata is referenced as the Zebra Plant! Maybe we can’t keep Haworthias on our desk… we might never stop looking at them, which would really hamper our productivity! But if you believe you’re strong enough to handle it, try potting yours in this gorgeous two- toned ceramic pot!

Haworthias are pretty low maintenance, so if you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you. They do well in low light conditions and don’t need a whole lot of water, so they’re a great no-fuss plant for your workspace.

To learn more about the proper care for Haworthias, where to find them, and propagation tips, head over to our article here!

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gorgeous haworthia @rennyshaworthia

Gasteria Succulents

Gasteria is derived from the Latin word for stomach. This rare succulent got the name Gasteria because people think it’s shaped like a stomach! We don’t really see what they’re talking about, though.

We think that Gasteria plants look a lot more like tongues because of the shape of their leaves, so their nickname “Ox Tongue” makes a lot more sense to us!

If you can get your hands on one of these uncommon succulents, which are (shockingly) available on Amazon here, it makes a great office plant! It tolerates low light conditions and is pretty low maintenance overall. Plus, its unusual shape will probably be a great conversation starter with your coworkers!

For some more helpful hints on caring for indoor succulents, make sure you read up on this article here!

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little gasteria @miss_matitas

Are you concerned your office environment may or may not be ideal for succulents? We’ve shared a helpful guide for you! Head over to our article, Can Succulents Survive in My Work Environment to find out.

Those are the five best office succulents! Now that you’ve seen them, are any of them on your wishlist? Gasteria plants are on ours… we think that their asymmetrical shapes are pretty fun and cute!

Let us know which succulent was your favorite in the comments below!

Did you know? We’re on Pinterest! We share some awesome succulent videos that will surely inspire the inner gardener in you! More than 5.5 million people have checked it out, be sure you’re one of them!

Enjoyed learning about 5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had at Work? 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.

Happy planting! ?

How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents

Succulents form the bulk of houseplants around the green thumb community. If you didn’t know already, it’s not a secret anymore – succulents are really popular.

Like… Really. Popular.

And they aren’t just suited for your garden or porch, they’re more versatile. Succulent plants are perfect ornamental beings to spruce up your interior decor in unique ways – think about the shapes, colors and sizes. It’s almost endless.

That’s already a good enough reason to grow indoor succulents. But you know what, I want to share more with our lovely Succulent Family, let’s get to it!

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it’s a succ world, after all @urbanbotanistuk

3 Reasons to Grow Indoor Succulents

1. Indoor Succulents are Easy to Care for

You’re probably already keeping tabs on lots of stuff in your life. It’s a normal thing in life right?

So the last thing you’d wish for is a plant that demands more of your already scarce attention.

But it’s just better if that plant could brace the occasional neglect so all your time isn’t occupied completely with succulents, as much as we’d like that to be the case. Plus, a succulent fairs quite well with neglect anyways, their maintenance requirement isn’t too much.

In other words, you don’t need to dedicate lots of your time to successfully grow indoor succulents. You’ll see this as you read more, let’s continue!

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succulents indoors @urbanbotanistuk

2. Succulents have Low Space Demands & Requirements

Succulents are compact plants by nature (pun intended) – for a larger part. They can stay in their assigned spots for a good deal of time indoors so long as they’re in the right circumstances with sunlight, soil mix and watering.

The compactness of indoor succulents is huge, especially if you have a preference for renting apartments, like most millennials for example.

If any reason, the lack of space commitment growing indoor succulents can’t be a better reason to grow indoor succulents and spice up your already beautiful apartment or home. Check out these space- saving wall planters!

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buy the succulents! @urbanbotanistuk

3. A Way to Connect with Nature

As part of the urban setting, you’re more or less surrounded by technology a majority of the time. At your work place and back at your house. And most likely, nurturing a garden is out of question unless you’re already a thriving green thumb.

So how do you get to experience a connection with the natural? Or, may be, something close to that?

We’d recommended something like growing indoor succulents.

How to Grow Indoor Succulents

Succulents are super easy to grow! But even with this simplicity, there are guidelines to be adhered to. Here is a few to help you successfully grow indoor succulents.

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succulent desk display @urbanbotanistuk

Go for Ideal Succulent Varieties

It’s true that succulents can grow anywhere.

But to get the best results out of your plants, arbitrarily choosing species won’t cut it, unfortunately.

For beaming plants, select succulent species that are ideal for indoor growth. Plus, it makes your work a lot easier.

Aside from that, it also helps if you define what you’re looking for in your indoor succulents.

Whatever it is, to grow indoor succulents that serve in the way you want, give some thought to the types that you choose to go with.

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home sweet home @home_sweet_home_46

For a general case, here are common indoor succulents and full guides we’ve written on how to take care of them:

(We have a few articles throughout Succulent City of guides for how to take care of some of the listed succulents above, don’t forge to check them out!)

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pretty in pink @rainbow_garden_

Give Enough Space for Indoor Succulents

This is very essential especially in case you want to grow indoor succulents in a single planter. Individual plants should have enough space for air circulation.

But most importantly, ample space allows each one of them access to enough light – an equally significant aspect.

Provide Ideal Lighting Conditions for Indoor Succulents

You don’t want your babies to end up with elongated stems, pale and bent. That’s their likely fate indoors where the amount of light is considerably reduced. And that means you have to be on the look to grow indoor succulents in their intended forms – colors and sizes.

Be sure to place them near a sun-lit window up to 6 hours per day. If that isn’t an option, place your plant in the brightest location in the room.

For both of the above cases, make a point of rotating the pot every now and then so that the plant isn’t getting light from one direction. You’ll curb stretching out that way if you consider this, no need for etiolated plants here!

Don’t think your home could provide ideal lighting for your plant? Try this dimmable plant light with a timer!

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perfect table centerpiece @home_sweet_home_46

For Potting, Clay is the Way to Go

Indoor spaces are already clogged up as far as free air circulation is concerned. And using a glass container doesn’t help the situation – for the roots. Same for succulent terrariums, they look really nice but for long term care it is not the ideal situation for indoor succulents.

For clay, the aeration is just the perfect addition to successfully grow indoor succulents. First off, it helps the potting medium dry out faster; something that your succulents will thank you for as water-logged soils isn’t exactly their bread and butter.

Secondly, the roots will get a fresh air supply for as long as they are in that pot. And that boosts not just their health but also that of the plant. And who won’t be happy to grow indoor succulents that are good-looking?

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ultimate wall decor @thosearesucculent

Keep a Well-Draining Soil Mix

For those that don’t know, you don’t want to fill up the pot with regular potting soil, it’s not ideal for your succulent babies! Yes, succulents are houseplants, but with a preference for a dry medium.

Regular potting soil doesn’t guarantee this dryness as they retain too much moisture for succulent plants. In fact, your plant will surely die if it were to stay in that soil for some time.

The best soil mix to grow indoor succulents in should drain out quickly. Get a commercial cactus/succulent mix that is perfect for this.

Alternatively, you can put together your own well-draining mix by combining quantities of regular soil mix, coarse sand and pumice. It will still serve you as the commercial option above in your bid to grow indoor succulents.

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triangular succulent terrarium @otthoneskertdesign

Be Lenient on Watering Indoor Succulents

Your indoor succulents could do with some water, but not too much of it. Succulents are delicate when it comes to water, be mindful of this!

To grow indoor succulents to their full glory, spread out your watering over long periods to allow the soil mix to dry out, completely.

You can use your finger to ascertain if it’s time to give your plant a drink. Gently dig into the soil mix and feel for any presence of moisture. It should be dry before you think of going ahead with the watering.

And when doing it, go all in. Give your succulent plant a heavy shower until the water flows out through the drainage holes at the bottom.

Also, if it’s winter season reduce watering to once or twice a week. You don’t need gallons of water to grow indoor succulents. Let’s just say succulents are also water bill friendly!

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succulents in baby watering cans @duterte.art

Be Hard on Pests

Pests are going to have a smooth ride with the general calmness indoors. And you know what will happen if you allow them to reign supreme.

Outdoor succulents can be saved with the winds, rain or irrigation. But to grow indoor succulents without the bother of these little rioters, it’s important that you be vigilant. Observe the leaves and stems of your succulents for any of them and take immediate action when you see them.

They include mealybugs, spider mites and scale insects. A mixture of rubbing alcohol and water is a perfect killer. Use a piece of cotton to apply the mixture on the affected areas. That’s how you grow indoor succulents devoid of pests.

Careful Where You Place Your Plants

Generally, place your plants in places with a guaranteed constant temperature. So you’ll want to avoid keeping them near electronics and at the doors.

Grow indoor succulents away from these places if you wish to have healthy plants.

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garden of succulents @motherofblooms

That’s really it! You don’t have to commit a lot of time and effort to successfully grow indoor succulents. Caring is just as simple as following the steps you just read above.

A bit of neglect and the right growing conditions, your succulents will thrive beautifully indoors. If you have any questions, ask our experts in the Succulent Plant Lounge.

Enjoyed learning about How to Successfully Grow Indoor 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 sprucing up your home, and happy planting! ?

8 Best Indoor Cacti You Need to Have

Mini succulents and other conventional houseplants are in for a big competition. Cacti décor designs are springing up from every corner of the internet and boy, don’t they just look gorgeous!

Taming these desert survivors may seem hard, but not to cacti connoisseurs. Nothing beats the unique rustic look exuded by cacti. With their spiny texture and varied shapes, you’d be forgiven to think they’re living sculptures.

And no, they don’t need to be watched closely. Cacti actually thrive on neglect. (Yes, deprive them and they’ll still grow). Love them too much and you’ll soon be burying lots of them.

This is good news to beginner gardeners, busy plant lovers or brown thumbs who are looking for some bragging rights. Whichever category you fall into, cacti got you covered, talk about independence! If you’re a brown thumb, be sure to join our Succulent Plant Lounge, a lot of the members here converse and help each other out, it’s a great community to be in for succulents.

Sold on getting one of these alien-looking plants for your living room? Picking just any variety for your indoor needs may not be a good idea. Certain cacti varieties are just not meant to be tamed. Be that as it may, there are cacti species that thrive indoors and may even reward you with spectacular blooms.

Ready to explore? Let’s do this!

Bishop’s Cap— Astrophytum Myriostigma

Native to the Chihuahuan desert of Mexico, the Bishop’s Cap cacti is the most popular species in the genus Astrophytum. Its appearance resembles a star-shaped globe with equally divided segments. This hardy plant is usually green in color while young but as it matures, it’s covered by a grayish coating of fine scales to protect it from sun burn.

Tiny spines are lined on the ribs that separate the plant’s segments giving it a distinctive look. Take good care of it and it’ll give you brilliant yellow blooms during spring. Feeding it some fertilizer from time to time will do just that, any highly rated fertilizer for cacti like this will work just fine.

These dainty flowers appear at the center top of the plant where the ridges that separate the different segments converge.

Also known as the Monk’s hood, taking care of the Bishop’s Cap is an easy ride. The can thrive in light shades but require sunlight for at least three hours a day. They can do well in a window sill on a south or west-facing window. Subject them to plenty of sun if you want to see the blooms.

We think a great window sill planter like this modern white one from Window Garden will look wonderful with the Bishop’s Cap cactus.

Astrophytum myriostigma prefers quick draining soil so avoid your regular gardening mix. Water infrequently as too much water will lead to an early grave. You may feed them diluted fertilizer once a month during their growing season. Propagation mainly through seeds.

Barrel Cactus— Ferrocactus Species

Arrayed with ferocious spines, this quirky cactus makes a perfect compliment to your existing interiorscape. As the name suggests, the barrel cactus is spherical with long spines on its ribs. The spikes act as protection to the juicy, edible pulp located on the inside.

The barrel cactus has a long life span and may live for a couple of decades. Its size varies depending on the species. Some are squat while others may be as tall as 10 feet. (Now that’s one tall and spiky plant!)

This cactus is a true sun lover and prefers full sun for a few hours a day. Setting it beside a large uncovered window will ensure it gets plenty of sun for optimum growth. Water sparingly, and do so after the soil has completely dried out. Use commercial cacti mix to prevent damp soil related problems like root rot and fungi.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to handle the barrel cactus with your bare hands, don’t. Be safe with cut resistant gloves so that the sharp spines won’t make a dent in your flesh.

Old Lady Cactus— Mammilaria Hahniana

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Native to Guanajuato state of Mexico, this cactus is tall growing reaching to a height of 10 inches. Mammilaria hahniana is commonly referred to as the old lady cactus due to its white hair covering on the entire plant. The white hairs and spine also serve to protect the plant from intense sun.

The old lady cactus blooms in spring and summer producing attractive purple flowers that may even grow in a ring on the plant’s apex.

Use well-draining cacti mix while potting this plant as they hate sitting in damp soil. Water once a week during the hot season and once a month during winter. Mammilaria hahniana will readily bloom in bright sunlight.

Angel Wings Cactus— Opuntia Albispina

Also known as bunny ears, the angel wings cactus is a desert denizen, highly adapted to small amounts of water and extensive heat. It has a striking appearance with its flat pads endowed with glochids –a fancy term for the white prickles you see on its surface.

Unlike most cacti, it lacks spines as these are replaced with clusters of hair on the surface of the pads. Careful though, these glochids can still injure you so take care while handling it.

Opuntia albispina is a summer bloomer producing creamy yellow flowers with globular edible fruits that are purple in color. Provide it with lots of light, quick draining soil and infrequent watering and you’ll have one happy angel wing cactus.

Christmas Cactus— Schlumbergera Bridgessii

Well, if you can’t pronounce the complex scientific name, don’t worry. You can also call it the thanksgiving or Easter cactus. Unlike most cacti, the Christmas cactus is spineless, characterized by its serrated green leaves.

This Brazilian cactus blooms in winter, producing showy tubular flowers in shades of purple, pink, red and pink.

Keep your Christmas cactus in shaded light with a few hours in direct bright sunlight. Exposing this attractive indoor cactus in hot sun will lead to sun burn. This plant is native to the tropical forests of Brazil and so it needs more water than other cacti. Thus, water frequently during its growing seasons but be careful to let the water drain out. If you’re wondering, propagation is also possible via cuttings.

Saguaro Cactus— Carnegiea Gigantean

Native to the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, the Saguaro cactus is a slow growing and long lived plant that can live up to two centuries. It’s scientific name, carnegiea gigantean means gigantic candle. And quite rightly so! This cactus can grow up to 40 feet in height.

Saguaros are barrel-shaped with water storing capacity in the external pleats. It is hard on blooming and may take over 35 years for flowers to appear.

Carnegiea prefers bright sunlight. Water only once a month and cut back on watering during winter and other cool seasons. Let the soil be grainy and quickly draining for optimum growth.

Rat Tail Cactus— Aporocactus Flagelliformis

Can you throw a guess of the native home of this beauty? That’s right! The magnificent Mexico –home to almost all cacti.

If rats annoy you, well hopefully not this quirky rat tail cactus. With its trailing stems covered with fine spines, it’s definitely the perfect plant to set up on a hanging basket. The rat tail cactus thrives on bright sunlight and if everything goes well, they may bloom in spring bringing forth spectacular pink flowers.

Water as you would any cactus, making sure not to overwater the plant. Well-draining commercial cacti mix is recommended to prevent root rot. You can share the rat tail cactus with friends through cuttings. More the merrier! If you have some to giveaway, why not lend some to our members at Succulent Plant Lounge?

Star Cactus— Astrophytum Asteria

It’s a short, plump and round plant with approximately eight ribs each arrayed with woolly areoles. Also known as the sand dollar cactus or sea urchin cactus, Astrophytum asteria is generally green in color covered with decorative white dots.

When conditions are right, the star cactus blooms during spring, producing alluring yellow flowers having orange shades at the center. The fruits are pink, gray or reddish in color, with woolly hair covering them.

Taking care of Astrophytum asteria is quite a breeze. Use grainy cacti mix that’s well-draining and water them twice a month. Ensure the soil dries out completely before in between watering. These sun lovers prefer bright light so get them the south or west facing window for healthy growth.


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6 Best Indoor Succulents

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)

Hanging Burros Tail Succulent Plant
Burro’s Tail Succulent Image: @plant.heart.city

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 bright shade or partial sun will do. Plus, the ASPCA reports that this succulent won’t do your pets any harm.

2. Haworthia

Potted Haworthia Succulent Plant in Bucket Planter
Haworthia Image: @hinterland_plants

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.

3. Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis)

Copper Spoons Succulent Plant
Copper Spoons Succulent Image: @ecophilia

What sets this 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 designed 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 2019-12-11 / Amazon


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