10 Best Succulents for Beginners

Easy, low maintenance succulent types to
start your collection

Here's a list of the Ten Best Succulents for Beginners - whether you are looking for a gift for that novice gardener, trying to find a plant that will live and succeed for you in difficult conditions - an office situation, perhaps? - or you are just starting out growing these fascinating and unique plants this list will help you choose the easiest ones to get your feet wet with.

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Begin your collection with some of these easy to grow succulents and then you can move on to more challenging plants once you gain confidence.

I suggest these ten best succulents for beginners because they are easy to grow (following a few basic rules) and you'll be able to succeed with them, and keep them healthy in even sub-par conditions.

Even if you're not a beginner, these are still good options to flesh out your collection.

I recommend this list of succulents for when you're starting out because they are low maintenance, and don't require fussing over, and still look good.  They are also forgiving of overwatering and other mishandling.

They're easy to grow from cuttings or simple division and thrive in not so ideal conditions.

They are also easy to find in florist shops, online mail order, from succulent swaps with other gardeners, and garden centers.

Here's my short list for easy to grow succulents to get you started;

Agave parryi

1)  Agave, American Aloe or Century plants consist of many varieties that are grown as houseplants for a really bright window.

If you have a south facing aspect for the winter, and a warm patio or deck, these will grow very well.

Smaller species and varieties suitable for growing indoors are Agave parviflora, and Agave victoriae-reginae, which only reach the size of a softball.

Aloe plants - find out more here

2)  Aloe, the smaller species and varieties such as Aloe andongensis, A. juvenna, A. variegata, A. tenuoir and others are perfect little specimens to grow in a group, with their spiky foliage and occasional pink to orange blooms adding interest to your display.

The textures of the foliage, the spots, speckles, stripes and dots are all different - there is no end to the variations.

3) Andromischus cristata, the Baby Toes plant looks exactly like little plump feet.  It's hard to resist tickling them. 

Really easy going and low maintenance, this interesting little plant is a conversation starter. 

Although not fussy over light levels, the brighter the light, the better the growth of the crimped pie crust edged leaves.

Crassula ovata

4) Crassula, that ubiquitous Jade Plant. There's a reason why it's so widely grown, and that's because it's virtually impossible to kill.

They can make fabulous mixed group plants, or can be grown as a spectacular single specimen. You can even make them into Bonsai, for a really different look.

Eventually, these plants can bloom in winter with pink or white clusters of blooms.  The trigger for blooming is when they are rootbound, and on restricted water for a while in the fall.

Echeveria glauca - find out more here

5) Echeveria species and hybrids that I recommend for beginning succulent growers are Echeveria glauca and Echeveria elegans, both lovely blue types that are slow growing and easily cared for.

Learning how to grow Echeveria with these resilient plants will boost your confidence.

Faucaria tigrina, Tigers Jaws - find more succulent plants here

6)  Faucaria F. tigrina, F. felina – Tigers Jaws and Cats Jaws, two closely related easily grown plants that appeal to everyone with their leaves arranged like wide open, toothy grins.

Easy to care for, these will keep on grinning even through the learning curve while you practice your skills on them.

Haworthia margaritafera

7) Haworthia - often mistaken for Aloe, which they resemble, these little spiky plants are much more forgiving of the two beginner growers sins; lower light levels, and over watering.

They prefer to have filtered light, although still bright, and with their fleshy root systems, can withstand a more moist soil.

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

8) Kalanchoe blossfeldiana - you’ve seen this plant, even if you didn’t know what it was.

Groceries and corner stores carry these in their florists department, due to an amazingly long bloom period.

They are hybridized to flower in almost every colour in the red, pink and orange scale, over a period of sometimes months.


9) Sanseveria Although this species of common house plant known as Mother In Law's Tongue, Bowstring Hemp or Snake Plant went through a period of popularity in the 1960's due to its modernistic look it went out of favor with indoor gardeners due to its boring green upright leaves. 

That's all changed...

Sedum morganianum

10) Sedum of all kinds are fascinating and beautiful plants; for indoors, look for some of the tender types like Sedum calvifolia, S. morganianum, the Burros Tail Sedum and S. nussbaunianum 'Coppertone' for a unique and different plant with a tan. 

Easy to grow, and hard to kill, these plants trail over the edge of larger containers with other plants, or you can use them in many crafts as well.

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This list of the Ten Best Succulents for Beginners will ensure your success with this fascinating hobby, and get you totally hooked on these lovely and interesting plants.

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