As we all know, light is the basis of the life of any plant. And succulents, of course, are no exception. But if you do not have the opportunity to provide the plant with the necessary amount of light, but have long wanted to grow a succulent, then you have opened the right article! Today we are going to tell you about the best indoor succulents for low light so that you don’t have to deprive yourself of the opportunity to grow these cute plants. But before we start, let’s find out if succulents need the direct sun or are they able to handle shade?
Do Succulents Need Sun or Shade?
Many succulents are very light-loving plants, and most of them do not grow if there is not enough light. But how much sun do succulents need? Depending on the variety, these plants need at least six hours of sun per day. But nature would not be so multifaceted if it did not create exceptions. That’s right, among the succulents, some don’t need light and grow well in the shade. Let’s talk about them!
Succulents That Grow Well in Low Light
This plant, familiar to many from childhood, is considered useful rather than decorative. But in vain: in addition to the tree-like plant we are used to, there are several dozen species of this plant that look very interesting. Aloe tolerates both direct sunlight and insufficient lighting, dry air and high humidity, temperature drops, and occasional watering. In winter, it is enough to water the plant once a month, and in summer – once a week.
If you want the aloe not only to survive but also to feel good, transplant it once every two years into the soil for succulents. And do not forget to water it when the soil in the pot dries up.
This houseplant, like aloe, has long been known as a medicinal plant that does not require any maintenance. Recently, many beautiful flowering Kalanchoe hybrids have appeared. This is a shade-tolerant flower that tolerates sudden temperature changes without any problems, blooms for a long time, and grows slowly, which is why it does not need frequent transplants.
Those gardeners who love flowering plants, but constantly forget to water them, may prefer Kalanchoe. This flower can stand without water for a whole month, however, this can still affect flowering.
A funny little succulent with a predatory color native to South and Southwest Africa. This large genus of dwarf succulents is distinguished by its endurance and unpretentiousness. Droughts are familiar to it, so the plant would not notice if you forget to water it. In winter, you can not water it at all – this should be done only if the leaves begin to lose elasticity. Haworthia loves bright diffused light and partial shade, but you should not expose it to the scorching sun.
Echeveria is a genus of succulent herbaceous perennials of the Crassulaceae family. There are about 170 species in the genus, most of which are common in Mexico, but some of them are found in the United States and South America. These plants have incredible rosettes with interesting details. Depending on the type, the rosettes differ in size and shape; they can be either long hanging or narrow short-stemmed. It grows well in containers, pots, and soil. These succulents do not need a lot of light and many species tolerate partial shade well.
Rhipsalis belong to the Cactaceae family. This genus is represented by shrubs, while it unites more than 50 different species. Under natural conditions, such an epiphytic plant can be found in tropical rainforests located in Africa, South Asia, North and South America. They prefer to grow on damp rocks, tree trunks, and sometimes on the ground. It can grow both in the shade and in bright diffused light. It is recommended to put the bush on the east or west window. Watering is recommended when the soil is 1/3 dry.
Sansevieria or snake plant has been living in our houses for a long time and has established itself for its unpretentiousness. The plant has dark green leaf plates, sometimes varieties with a yellow stripe along the edge of the leaf are found. Its distinctive feature is that the flower does not have a stem when it grows. Beautiful leathery leaves grow simply from the ground, forming a rosette of leaves. This plant is native to the rainforests of Madagascar and Indonesia. In its homeland, the flower grows in sunny places. But these succulents can also do well in shade.
Crassula ovata (Money Tree)
The money tree is considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity. It looks original and is not at all demanding in care. Having a crassula ovata in your flower garden is pleasant, prestigious, and useful for feng shui. Leaves are shiny, fleshy, oval, collected in sockets. They grow from the trunk itself or have short petioles of several millimeters. The keratinized edges of the leaves turn reddish. The inflorescence looks like a flat panicle with one or more branches. Flowers are white or pink with a strong sweet aroma.
Gasteria is a succulent of the Asphodeloides family, native to the arid regions of South Africa. The strongly shortened stem of the gastria is covered with hard leaves, which can have both two-row and multi-row arrangements. The leaves can have various shapes. Some species have a rough surface, but mostly they have smooth leaves with a pointed or rounded top. It is succulent that likes shade and doesn’t require too much watering.
Succulent Donkey Tail (Burro’s-tail)
The donkey’s tail (Sedum morganianum) belongs to the endemic plants of the Crassulaceae family. In the wild, this succulent is found in the Mexican region of Veracruz, occasionally growing in Honduras. It got its name for its characteristic long whips, reminiscent of the lush tails of ungulates. The popularity of Donkey Tail has brought its amazing appearance. Fleshy drop-shaped leaves are collected in large clusters-whips of bluish-green shades, hanging freely downward. Like all succulents, Donkey’s Tail is a low-maintenance plant that prefers full sun and partial shade.
How to Grow Succulents When You Don’t Have Enough Light
- Of course, the first thing to do is to choose shade-loving cactus plants, as not all succulents can grow in the shade.
- Do not forget about watering, but in any case do not overfill them, as the excess water would simply not be absorbed.
- Some succulents (including those that we named above) are capable of growing in low light, but the complete absence of light may badly affect their appearance. Therefore, if you plant them in the room, then be sure to keep them near the window.
- Be responsible for the choice of drainage, and your plants would be grateful to you.
- Since succulents can store water and nutrients in their leaves and stems, they do not have an urgent need for fertilizers. However, to maintain good growth for your succulents, especially when it grows in low light, we recommend that you fertilize it once a month or as needed.
Shade-loving plants are beautiful in their variety. They can be used to create refined, bright, stylish, light, or charming compositions that would become the main decoration of any garden and room. It is worth noting that all the plants from our today’s list are distinguished by special endurance and unpretentiousness, so feel free to experiment and create beauty around you!
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