Four Popular and Easy Care Succulents
By Laurelynn Martin
Succulents add color, form and life to even the smallest places. They are generally drought tolerant and continue to gain momentum in popularity. We just returned from California and succulents were everywhere, in the corner of a dimly lit restaurant to the crowning centerpiece of a high-end retail store. They are resilient and add beauty to any patio, table or windowsill. When it comes to low maintenance house plants, it’s hard to beat these four popular, easy care succulents…
One of my favorites is the Bead Plant, also known as String of Beads. I love its trailing nature flowing over a pot’s rim, like little fleshy plump beads attached to one another. It adds dimension to a mixed succulent dish garden or can stand alone in a hanging pot. Many people don’t know that this plant has cinnamon scented white flowers when it blooms. Grow this South African native in full to partial sun.
Another spectacular succulent is Agave ‘Ray of Light’. Its classic agave form is highlighted with white edging on soft green leaves. Spineless and thornless, ‘Ray of Light’ makes a sensational accent plant and when in flower sends up a center shoot that weeps backwards and looks like a foxtail. Easy to grow as long as you don’t over water.
Bird’s Nest Sansevieria ‘Gold Hahnii’ is easy to love with its unusual leaves that have buttery-yellow bands on the outer edges and green striping down the center. This rare plant forms a tight rosette only growing 6-8” tall and it creates a beautiful accent in any succulent garden. Water only once or twice a month and grow in full to partial sun. Just like with other succulents, bring the soil to a state of visual dryness before watering.
Suzanna’s Euphorbia is an unusual succulent that forms a clump of distinctive green spineless stems with patterned ribbing. I love this compact grower that barely reaches 4” tall and it’s always a surprise when it flowers in late spring or early fall. This is a rare succulent from South Africa that needs little water for best results.
Succulents are a great choice for the beginning or busy gardener. Limit watering to when the soil feels dry since overwatering is harmful to these plants. Only fertilize once every couple of months, unless you are growing a succulent such as Easter Cactus, then you would fertilize every couple of weeks during the active growing season. Succulents plants thrive under drought conditions and partial sun, and they beautify your home and garden with their presence.
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