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About Succulents at California Flower Mall

Learn about succulent care, and the many variety of plants to consider when you shop at the California Flower mall.

Because of their special ability to retain water, succulents tend to thrive in warm, dry climates and don’t mind a little neglect. This makes them well adapted to indoor growing and ideal for people desiring low-maintenance houseplants. If you’re choosing succulents for the first time, consider selecting these easy care plants.

Best Succulents to Grow Indoors

  • Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
  • Christmas kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
  • Mother-in-law tongue or snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
  • Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii)
  • Medicine plant (Aloe vera)
  • Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
  • Zebra cactus (Haworthia fasciata)
  • Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
  • String of bananas (Senecio radicans)
  • String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
  • Hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum tectorum or Echeveria elegans)
  • Pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli)
  • Burro’s tail (Sedum morganianum)
  • Pebble plant or living stone (Lithops)

How to Grow Succulents to Grow Indoors

First timers follow these steps for successful care of your new plants:

  • Choose an appropriate succulent for your indoor light and growing conditions.
  • Provide a well-draining potting soil medium.
  • Most succulents like direct sunlight.
  • Sansevieria (called snake plants or mother-in-law tongue) are low light-tolerant plants.
  • If you plan to grow your succulent in a hanging planter, a trailing variety like string of bananas, pearls or burrows tails is a good choice.

Place the potted succulent in a sunny location.
Most succulents prefer at least 6 hours of sun per day, so try to place them near a south- or east-facing window. You may notice your succulents becoming spindly or stretching toward the light if they don’t get enough sun.

Allow the potting mix to dry out between waterings.
The number-one mistake many people make with succulents is overwatering them. It’s best to water more, but less frequently. Saturate the potting mix thoroughly (while ensuring water flows out of the drainage hole properly) but allow the mix to dry out slightly before the next watering. If the potting mix stays consistently wet every day, the plant may eventually die. Fertilize your succulents at least once a year.