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Best succulents for beginners – Our top 8 picks for those new to growing succulents
Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by John
Whether you are looking for the best succulent for yourself or you are trying to get a gift for a beginner gardener, it’s always great to choose an easy plant, to begin with, so that you can familiarize yourself with its maintenance and general care before you move on to something more complicated and challenging.
To help as a beginner, we’ve compiled this list of the best succulents that are easy to grow as long as you follow some key steps and will survive even in less-than-ideal conditions. Each of the succulents on this list is very low-maintenance, they are a bit forgiving of over-watering which is the biggest problem people have with succulents, and they are simple to propagate if you decide that having great success with them you now want extra plants.
1. Agave plants
Agave plants come in many varieties and they are perfect for bright window sills. You can find varieties for indoor growing that are smaller and ideal for a beginner such as an agave parviflora.
2. Aloe plants
Aloe specimens have spiky foliage with unique blooms occasionally ranging in colour from pink to orange. There are smaller specimens that you can grow in groups so that you have more than one plant of the same variety. Aloe plants come in many varieties with different speckles, textures on the foliage, stripes, spots, and more so you can find something suitable to whatever your personal preferences.
3. Fenestraria rhopalophylla ‘baby toes’
Another great beginner plant is the baby toes plant. It gets its name because the leaves actually look like tiny little baby toes. You might hear it by the name of key lime pie because some people like in the appearance to that of a pie crust.
4. Jade plant
The jade plant otherwise known as crassula is one of the most common for beginning succulents because it produces flowers in clusters of pink or white and will even bloom in the winter. But more importantly, it’s nearly impossible to kill. It’s incredibly tolerant of less-than-ideal conditions, perfect for a beginner.
5. Echeveria species or hybrids
Another great option is the Echeveria species or hybrids which are very slow growing so they won’t take over a given space to quickly and they won’t need transplantation immediately. They are also very easy to care for.
6. Faucaria tigrina ‘Tiger’s Jaws’
Faucaria tigrina ‘Tiger’s Jaws’ is one of the coolest looking succulents you will find with leaves that literally look like the toothy grin of a tiger or a cat. It is very easy to grow and offers a lot of texture in addition to the wonderful display of leaves like that of a happy grin. This succulent is great for indoor growing and is often used among other air-purifying plants for its aesthetic appeal.
7. Sansevieria (Mother-in-laws tongue)
Sansevieria is a species that is incredibly unique and its appearance, and it’s actually a common house plant you have probably seen many times before. It goes by the name of snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, or bowstring hemp. It’s not only great for its delightful appearance, it’s easy maintenance and care, but it’s an air-purifying plant. That’s why most people grow them not necessarily realizing they fall under the category of succulents. They grow them indoors to purify their home. These plants are very tolerant of low light conditions, over-watering, and will serve you well.
Haworthia is a succulent commonly mistaken for Aloe but it’s perfect for beginners because it tolerates low light. This is particularly important for beginners who might not have a greenhouse facility in which to overwinter more finicky succulents or people who are growing in colder areas of the UK. Similarly, it is quite tolerant of over-watering so if you accidentally water more than you should or you leave it outside in the rain does it for you, the plant will likely survive.
No matter which of these you choose, these top succulents for beginners will give you an excellent hobby and in many cases, purer air if you decide to grow them inside.