Here Is Why Succulent Plants Are So Popular

Why Succulents are so Popular

Gone are the days when the only places you could find succulents were arid and semiarid areas.

They’re now the order of the day for anyone with the slightest interest in houseplants. I bet you have one of them sitting somewhere at home or in the office.

Just take a look around.

Even for the few who cared to cultivate these plants, not much significance was given to see to it that they develop into the beautiful masterpieces of today. They were left to soak up unholy amounts of water and rot – after which they’d be discarded.

But not anymore. In today’s web-centric world, the trends are out there for anyone who cares to note. Plus, succulents are less maintenance heavy compared to other house plants.

Away from the (numerous) Instagram glitz, the numbers are speaking louder. A peek at Google Trends shows a continued rise in interest in the past 10+ years.

There is a reason. In fact, several of them. But before that…

Why succulents are so popular

Were Succulents Popular Before?

Way back then – as far as the 18th century – succulents had a special place in many people’s lives; especially the royals.

In Europe, explorers had just discovered succulents in the distant world (parts of East and South Africa) and were bringing them back. And the interest picked up almost immediately.

Soon enough, botanical expeditions were being held across the continent between individuals and societies showcasing their succulent collection.

Fast forward to the 20th century (in the 70s) when the buzz caught on again but fizzled out until recently – and Millennials are among those bitten by the succulents bug.

Do Millennials Love Succulents?

Millennials have a general inclination to house plants, for a couple of reasons.

For one, more and more are preferring not to buy houses. Instead, they live in rented apartments. That means no compounds to launch a full-fledged garden for the interested. And what other better way of quenching their gardening thirst than procuring a few houseplants?

And this is where succulents tie in best – because they come with the convenience of occupying teeny spaces.

Another reason for the millennials-houseplants dalliance is the fact many reside in urban areas like New York City or San Francisco and probably work late hours. (They’re always out there hustling nowadays).

As such, they have minimal (if any) interaction with nature. So nurturing a few sprouts presents the perfect opportunity for reconnecting with nature.

All in all, though, the succulents romance cuts across the generations. Time to look at why.

Succulents are so popular

Why Succulent Plants are so Popular

Succulent plants can grow anywhere

Succulents are hardy plants by nature. They can withstand most of the harshest environmental conditions like small amounts of water and extreme temperatures; the two factors that will make most houseplants give it up.

As long as you have the basics nailed down (potting mix, sunlight duration, and watering frequency), you can nurture your succulents from any corner of the world – and still have a beautiful plant.

Succulents are convenient for growth

The growth of most succulents is well in line with the needs of someone in a limited space, e.g. rented apartments or 100 sq ft closets in New York City.

Most of them don’t grow quickly, filling up lots of space. And this is not a matter of only space; it means you’re free from – the additional – baggage of having to train or move them. Talk about the perfect combo!

Succulents require very little maintenance

Ask yourself this. What’s the typical maintenance regimen for the average plant?

There is watering – almost daily, frequent pruning, checking for pests and diseases – and doing the necessary and moving them around as they outgrow their spaces. And, not forgetting, training those that need to.

Succulents don’t need all these requirements for growth. Even for the caring requirements that apply to succulents, the intensity of application is much lower for even better growth.

Take, for example, watering. You’ll need very few watering sessions for succulents if you want a vibrant plant. And pruning? Not much, unless dry leaves happen in winter.

Why are succulents so popular

Very easy to propagate

Increasing your collection of succulents isn’t half as hard as doing so for many varieties of houseplants. And you can also be a savior to your friends who might need one or two plants to start with.

Unless you want a completely new type, multiplying your succulent plants is super simple via their parts. These can be stems, leaves, and offsets.

You can dig up the basics of going this route and be a total boss at it. Ooh, and when you’re done, ask around for new types from your friends to further expand your succulent empire.

Very beautiful and aesthetic looking plants

Succulents appeal on multiple fronts making it a rare jewel. With these plants, you get natural decorations in different shapes, sizes, and colors – all unique to each of the numerous types.

What’s even more interesting is that you can vary the colors of a good number of succulents by controlling elements such as water and sunlight.

For instance, an extended period of little water and lots of sunshine can lead to your succulents becoming red, purple, or orange. Of course, you should be careful not to harm the plant. A better approach to having a pleasing mix of shapes, sizes, and colors is stocking different types of succulents.

Succulent plants are so popular but why

Succulents have many use cases besides looking pretty

Succulents aren’t just for your house.

Depending on the types you’re nurturing, you can find a gazillion ways to utilize them. Owing to their hardy nature, they can be put in many designs and arrangements and still be able to appear dapper. Away from home, you can find them as decorations in public places like coffee shops.

Besides that, they can also be used as wedding bouquets. But the most crucial alternative use is one that leans on the medicinal side. A select few can be processed or used raw to treat certain illnesses. Aloe Vera leads in this category with proven abilities to treat several skin conditions, acne scars, and indigestion.


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Whether their popularity will wane or keep going, is a matter of speculation. But for the moment, succulents have more than serious interest. And for good reasons.

If you’ve actually made it this far, be sure to give us a comment below. How about leaving a comment by answering the following? Why do you find succulents so popular? Let us know!

3 Popular Large Succulents You Didn’t Have & Know About

3 Popular Large Succulents

When we think of succulents, we usually picture small, interesting looking plants perched atop colorful stones or diverse pots. They come in all hues, shapes and sizes, and some actually look like beautiful sea creatures that escaped the underwater wonder of the world otherwise known as Atlantis. Okay maybe not that extravagant but these mostly small, indoor succulent plants bring a sense of vibrancy wherever they are placed and can survive without much of a fuss!

However, have you ever thought of a gigantic, mammoth sized succulent?

How cool would it be to astonish your neighbors with a plant that as big as the tree on their front lawn? Or perhaps a succulent that looks like it belongs as a backdrop on the set of Lion King? (This would be so cool!)

We have narrowed it down to three stunning large succulents that are sure to catch the attention of everyone who sees them, and this is the good kind of attention. If you don’t like large succulents, stonecrops are your best bet!

3 Popular Large Succulents
3 Popular Large Succulents You Don’t Have @capetowncat23


Agave Ovatifolia – Whale’s Tongue

When looking for an outdoor statement plant, look no further than the Agave Ovatifolia or Whale’s Tongue. This striking perennial succulent is a native to the Nuevo León region in northeastern Mexico. The family name Agave comes from the Greek word ‘agavos’ which means ‘noble’. 

This wonderful architectural centerpiece can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and 6 feet (1.8 meters) wide. This evergreen large succulent shows off chunky, broad grey to powdery-blue, cupped leaves that grow in the compact form of a tightly packed rosette. The pointy leaves are adorned with dramatic teeth (thorns) on the outline of the leaves, and the thorns can grow up to 1-inch long. If you already have one of these beauties, measure it for us, and see how long they actually are!

After about ten years, the plant reaches maturity and will then be ready to bloom, but only once in its lifetime. Dense clusters of yellow-green flowers grow from a magnificent flowering spike that can get up to 14 feet (4 meters) tall. 

Love yellow flowers? Check out our article on Succulents with Yellow Flowers for some awe-worthy additions to your garden.

3 Popular Large Succulents
Agave Ovatifolia @katopin

This set-it-and-forget-it type of plant revels in areas with full sun to light shade and does not like to be disturbed. Like other Agave’s, it does not produce offsets but instead reproduces by means of seeds and bulbils. It prefers well-draining soils, and like other succulents, it is deathly allergic to overwatering. The Whale’s Tongue will produce an off-putting smell as soon as the root rot starts to set in. 

So if you sniff a funky smell around your garden, this might be the reason why. Learn more about root rot here if you’re interested!

A little bit of regular watering during the summer will have it growing bigger in no time, and it is advisable not to water it during the winter. This slow-growing plant is extremely cold hardy, can handle frost like a champ, tolerating temperatures of as low as 5C (41F). No need for any ridiculous plant covers like this right?

When starting off as seedlings or bulbils, experts recommend that you plant this large succulent in early summer and provide extra light during the winter to prevent the plant from stretching. Sometimes we recommend using grow lights if your geographical location is very dim during winter months, especially in Sweden. Here are the top 10 grow lights that succulent lovers use (Community Approved)!

There are some things to note about the Whale’s Tongue; the sharp thorns can get you and stick to your clothes and it is advised to place it somewhere with minimal foot traffic. Also, it does have an irritating sap that can be hazardous to children and pets. The theatrical Agave Ovatifolia looks spectacular in an eclectic patio container or as the focal point of a desert garden landscape.


3 Popular Large Succulents
Whale’s Tongue @francesca_loves_


Aloidendron Dichotomum – The Quiver Tree

If you get the chance to visit the Karoo Desert National Botanical Gardens in South Africa, you will not miss seeing a bunch of tall trees that look like forks with broccoli at the top. This striking plant stands tall, overlooking the Northern Cape Richtersveld region in South Africa and at the border with Namibia. Allow me to introduce you to the regal Aloidendron Dichotomum or Quiver Tree— formerly known as Aloe Dichotoma.

This perennial succulent is related to the aloe and had its genus changed in 2013 to aloidendron which is a combination of aloe and dendron. The epithet ‘dichotomum’ points to the way the stem of the plant forks midway into two equal branches. It got the name ‘Quiver Tree’ from the indigenous Afrikaans people who call it ‘Kokerboom’ referring to how they would hollow out the tubular branches to make quivers for their arrows. 

There are three related species of this outstanding large succulent that all live in the same area and have been rated under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

  • VulnerableAloidendron Dichotomum – this is the tallest of the three. 
  • EndangeredAloidendron Ramassisimum – looks like a shrub.
  • Critically EndangeredAloidendron Pillansii – shortest one and has an inflorescence that hangs downwards from the lowest leaves. 
3 Popular Large Succulents
Aloidendron Dichotomum @targ.official

The numbers of these splendid creatures have dwindled because of climatic conditions, plant collectors, mining as well as goats and sheep eating seedlings as they are herded in close proximity to the large succulent. 

Check out these additional brag-worthy 8 Rare Succulents to add to your collection!

The Quiver tree has thick, dark green leaves that grow in the shape of a rosette at the tips of stumpy tree branches. The leaves are curved and taper gradually, giving the illusion of a crown, growing as high as 6 meters up in the air. The branches of the Quiver Tree are covered in a white powder that helps to reflect off the sun’s heat. The plant has three water reservoirs – the fleshy leaves, the swollen fibrous stem, and the roots. 

The Quiver Tree develops an inflorescence that grows in an upright manner at the top of the leaf rosettes. The plant bears racemes that grow to 150 mm long that later mature to produce up to 30 bright, yellow flowers at a time. The plant tends to bloom in late September. After blossoming, paper-like seeds burst open from spherical capsules and they are often pollinated by birds, bees, ants, and the wind. 

The Aloidendron Dichotomum can only grow from seeds and the best time to plant them is between March and April. Potting of seedlings can be done once they reach 30 – 50 mm in length or when they are about 3 years old. Their architectural shape and distinct look have made the Aloidendron Dichotomum a well sought after plant, especially in South African gardens and driveways. Large, potted Quiver Trees make gorgeous statement plants when placed at entrances, courtyards, and patios.

3 Popular Large Succulents
The Quiver Tree @a.cooper.adventure


Adansonia Digitata

Hailed as the ‘Defining icon of African bushland’, the Adansonia digitata, or African Baobab, holds the right to be called the largest succulent plant in the world. Also known as ‘The Tree of life’, this mammoth beauty can grow between 5 to 30 meters (16 to 98 ft) tall with a trunk diameter growing between 7 and 14 meters (23 to 46 ft). The baobab’s growth rate is determined by rainfall and groundwater and has been known to store up to 120,000 liters of water in the trunk.

The scientific name Adansonia digitata is derived from the French explorer and botanist Michael Adanson, who studied the tree in 1749 in Senegal. Digitata refers to how the compound leaves of the plant (usually five to seven) are shaped like the digits on the hand. There are nine official species of the baobab tree, with 6 being natives of the island of Madagascar, 1 from Australia, and 2 in Africa and Arabia. The Adansonia digitata has its origins in North Eastern, Western, Central, and Southern Africa as well as Oman and Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula and the Penang district of Malaysia.

All baobab trees are deciduous, which means they annually shed their leaves during the dry seasons, remaining leafless for 9 months in a year. They look like a tree that has been planted upside down, with the thick, wide branches spreading out on top of the tree like roots that were meant to be in the ground. The African baobab has a shiny and smooth trunk and the roots can be taller than the tree itself.

With all this talk about these African- native succulents, check out our article on additional 8 Popular Succulents from Africa. You’ll be surprised how many of them are common household plants!

3 Popular Large Succulents
Adansonia Digitata @chubbyplantpeople

The Adansonia digitata produces flowers once a year at the beginning of the rainy season, and will bloom about four weeks later. The flowers are significantly huge, white and heavy, drooping down like a pendulum from long stalks attached to branches. Larger, older baobabs can grow hundreds of flowers, but the flowers only bloom for one night before they rot and die. The flowers have 5 leathery petals with hair-like structures on the inside. After blooming, the flowers tend to have a putrid smell.

The African Baobab gives off fruits that are shaped like an oblong guard and hang down like the flowers, giving the tree the local name ‘dead-rat-tree’. The fruits have a velvety shell and can weigh up to 1.5 kg. Mostly eaten in Africa, the fruit has a tart, acidic, citrus flavor, and is crammed with healthy nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates and phosphorus. Monkeys find the fruit hard to resist, giving the succulent its other name, ‘monkey-bread-tree’. In Angola, the fruit is boiled, dried then used as a base for an ice cream called gelado de múcua

Fruits, yes! Some succulents are edible believe it or not. Check out which succulents to add to your next grocery list in our article here!

Baobabs are ninja plants because they can tolerate the heat, flourish on poor soil and survive drought. They prefer well-draining soil, but potted plants can do well in cactus soil mix. You can order seeds, cuttings, or even young plants online and give your neighbors something to really talk about. If you really want to get into it, literally, you can visit the Big Baobab Bar in South Africa and have a drink inside a 6000-year-old Adansonia digitata!

3 Popular Large Succulents
Adansonia Digitata @diarmuidgavin

There you have it— the big, bigger, and biggest of the succulent world! The greatest thing about our modern tech world is that you can find seeds and young plants of all three succulents online. So if you were thinking of changing things up a little in your garden, why not try something big!

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Expand you succulent- knowledge even more! Check out some additional articles from Succulent City like How Long Do Succulents Live, How to Propagate your Succulents Successfully, or 9 Rare Cacti that are Hard to Find.

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Happy planting! ?

Why Is Echeveria Pulvinata Among The Popular Succulents?

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?

Who makes the most friends in high school? Well, it is the most popular kids of course. The typical reasons could be they are attractive, have fun personalities, or features that others find admirable. When getting started caring for succulents, it is best you try out a popular plant. There is tons of information available on these plants, and tips for how you can get your succulent to thrive. The beauty of succulents means you can literally put them anywhere, especially the Echeveria pulvinata.

The Echeveria pulvinata succulent features a stunning rosette shape that has overlapping leaves. These leaves are thick and spatulate in nature. With hundreds of different succulents that you can choose from, why is the Echeveria pulvinata so popular?

Here is why this succulent that is native to Mexico is a fan favorite.

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Mexico’s Favorite Echeveria Pulvinata @cinisters_garden

Echeveria Pulvinata Fun Fabulous Facts

If you were to pick this succulent out of a line-up, you need to know what makes it different from the rest. Looks are not enough, there are ‘personality traits’ that give this plant an edge. Here are some fun facts about the Echeveria Pulvinata.

  1. Also known as a Plush Plant or Chenille Plant – Some succulents are spiky, others smooth, long, thin, wide – there is a myriad of features. A plush plant is one whose leaves have fine white hairs covering them. From afar, these hairs may be invisible to the naked eye. However, when the sun hits them, they appear to shimmer, as though they have a special shine. These little hairs are not purely aesthetic though, they actually protect the plant from too much water loss. See why it’s important to manage the water loss here, it can make or break the growth of your succulent dramatically!
  2. These plants can be referred to as evergreens. Their leaves retain their colors through the seasons and have flowers that come out in the warmer months. Too much sun reaching temperatures in excess of 30 degrees C, or freezing temperatures less than 4 degrees C, could affect the healthy look of your plant. The wide range of temperatures in between are alright for your plant to grow and thrive.
  3. For the most part, water will do the trick in keeping this plant alive and happy. Fertilizer is really only necessary if you notice that the plant has turned a little pale. Even then, a little bit will go a long way. Simple changes with lighting in this scenario may be all that this plant needs to get its mojo back.
  4. This succulent is self-pruning, saving you time on keeping it looking pretty. At most, all you may need to do is pick out the odd dead leaf, or blossoms which have run their course. Picking out the dead leaves prevents rot or disease taking over the plant.
  5. Another fact about Echeveria Pulvinata is that it brings in the birds. When it is in flower, and when planted outdoors, hummingbirds are attracted to these plants. They help with pollination and help make the garden a little bit more interesting.
  6. This plant is ideal to keep indoors if you have pets, and if those pets are curious around your plants. It is non-toxic making it safe. Children are also safe around this plant. See if it’s safe for your furry friends here.
Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Facts of the Pulvinata Echeveria @suculentas_madrehija

The Stunning Features of the Echeveria Pulvinata

This succulent comes in different sizes, from small and cute for your indoor pot to a sprawling plant that can get up to 12 inches tall.

You will enjoy this succulent the most when it comes into bloom. It has flowers that come in various shades of yellow and orange. These flowers have a distinctive bell shape. Tall shoots come through the plants and the flowers bloom from the stems over a period of time. They make a statement, standing out from the crowd in the most attractive way. The leaves, however, are something to behold and sometimes also include deep and dark reds hues.

Varieties That You Can Choose From

Echeveria Pulvinata has several variants that you can choose from, and here are two of the most loved.


Ruby, which also goes by the names Red Velvet, Ruby Blush or Ruby Slippers. A touch of color may be all that your garden needs, and this stands out succulent offers just that. Normally, plants get their color from flowers which bloom just once a year, though, with this plant, it is the leaves that offer the first dash of color. Like typical Echeveria pulvinate plants, it has fine white hairs covering the leaves. The difference here is that the tips and margins of the leaves have a deep red color, meaning the leaves are both green and red. This succulent is sure to make heads turn.


Frosty, which is also known as the White Chenille Plant is a brilliant succulent that will thrive anywhere you plant it. The tiny white hairs are quite visible on this plant, giving it a ‘frosty’ look as though it will turn into a different plant if it spends some time in the warmth and defrosts. The leaves of this succulent are all green. Normally, it begins as a small succulent though it can grow into a large plant that reaches 12 cm in height. The blooms for this plant burst out through footlong brown stems, normally towards the very end of the cold season.


Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?
Species You Can Choose From @foxy_nails116

Now you know the reason that this succulent is so popular. First, it looks great and differentiates itself from any basic green plant. Caring for this succulent is pretty simple, as it can easily thrive outdoors as well as indoors. For light, a little bit goes a long way so a spot in the shade is most ideal. This is because their delicate leaves are prone to sunburn. You can make it a permanent feature in your garden by growing it directly on the ground.

If you want to enjoy it indoors as well, a pot would be a great option then you can move it indoors for the colder seasons. This plant rambles, meaning that it spreads all around when growing. With this unique feature, outdoors, it can make excellent groundcover, and indoors, you can enjoy its beauty in a hanging basket as well as your typical pot.

See more indoor succulents here.

Thinking about Grabbing Your Own Echeveria Pulvinata?

Why not add this beautiful echeveria succulent in your own succulent garden? We’re sure this will be a great addition to your already amazing garden. See if we have this succulent here if not please let us know and we’ll be sure to get it into our inventory for you!

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