Best Succulents for Indoor Gardening

Succulents are a trendy, easy-to-maintain and decorative addition to any home. A splash of greenery in your home can make it instantly feel welcoming and fresh, while also purifying air and creating a more healthful living space. Though some houseplants can be difficult to grow and maintain - especially if you're new to indoor gardening '  succulents adjust well to indoor conditions and are some of the easiest plants to grow.
 
Succulent plants have juicy leaves, stems and roots that form a vast and diverse group of plants. The color variations are endless, including blue-green, pink, red, yellow, white and black, and there are plenty of leaf shapes to choose from - like rounded, needle-like, ruffled or spiky. Since succulents have special water tissues that allow them to survive in dry environments with little sunlight, they are ideal for gardeners who desire low-maintenance plants that still exude beauty. They thrive in conditions with dry humidity and warm conditions, which most homes possess during the winter months. 
 
Bring the outdoors in with these easy-to-maintain succulents to liven up your space this winter.

 

Burro’s Tail

Boasting overlapping green and gray-blue colors, these plants have long stems with small, rounded leaves and thrive in a well-drained container where they can receive light. Burro's Tail can be planted in a mixed succulent container or a hanging container, whichever you prefer for the aesthetic of your home. Be careful when handling, transplanting or repotting as leaves will fall off at the slightest touch. Also, be sure to keep the plant moderately moist to keep it in healthy condition.
 

 

Zebra Cactus

These plants have clusters of thick, pointed green leaves with bumpy white lines, resembling a zebra's stripes. Zebra Cactuses are small and don't grow higher than 6 inches. They also thrive in various light conditions, such as a brighter kitchen or a darker den, so long as they are not in direct sunlight or deep shade. It's best to water Zebra Cactus twice a month, but once it has established strong roots, you only need to water once a month.

Aloe Vera

Not only is Aloe Vera a great indoor plant due to easy care requirements, it's useful too. The juice from its leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when applied topically. They have thick, multi-colored leaves that fan out from the plant's central stem. Like other succulents, Aloe Vera thrives on neglect'requiring little to no care. Simply water it two to three times a season; you can test the soil to see if it needs water by sticking your finger an inch into the soil - if it's dry, water it. Give it enough water to allow the entire pot to get wet, but be careful not to overwater to the point where the soil is soggy, which will drown the plant.

Hens-and-Chicks

Hens-and-Chicks are shallow-rooted, meaning they can grow in small, shallow or miniature containers. They're hardy and able to live in extreme conditions, such as drought and in very cold temperatures (down to -35 F). These plants need good drainage, so it's best to place them in pots with holes in the bottom so excess water can escape. Only water when the soil has dried out below the surface; like Aloe Vera, stick your finger in the soil and feel for dryness and add water until it runs out of the bottom of the pot.