Succulents can be a little intimidating if you don’t have practice with them or haven’t cared for them in a long time. In this post, I gathered 5 Easy to Care for Succulents that are all great choices beginners. Plants that are great for beginners also make great gifts! Care and basic plant information will be included with each plant so you can try to make perfect choice for you and your home decor. If you are looking to start a succulent collection, the following plants are highly recommended to start out with!
The Echeveria Violet Queen is one of our all time favorite succulents! The leaves of this succulent seem to bloom like a lotus flower and are a pale green/grey with pink edges in bright light. This succulent is very hardy for inside of the home (but can’t tolerate frost), taking minimal waterings! Make sure you do not overwater this succulent or get water on the slender leaves! The Violet Queen is a fast growing succulent and can end up measuring 8″ wide and 5″ tall! To bring out more pink in this succulent, just expose this plant to cooler temperatures in the fall and winter months. This plant will produce offsets and takes on the shape of a small mound of clusters.
What makes this succulent easy to care for is the occasional watering it needs and how tolerant to the heat it is. Be sure to check this plant for mealybugs, because the leaves are compacted pretty closely in the Violet Queen rosette, which makes a lot of tiny places for mealybugs to hide! This succulent is great for containers and houseplants. You can pair it with many other types of succulents for a gorgeous color scheme! We have Violet Queen succulents available in our Nature Shop, head over to the store and check out what’s in stock!
This next succulent, the Echeveria Neon Breakers, was cultivated to be a tough beauty! This plant is patented by Altman Plants (which means that you can’t propagate this plant to sell it unless you have licensing) and has proven to be a highly popular breed. One parent of the Neon Breakers is the Echeveria Shaviana “Pink Frills” (which we just recently got our hands on- vlog coming soon to the YouTube Channel). You will find this succulent to be drought tolerant and able to handle heat pretty well. The leaves are a blue/green with pink frilly edges and deep margins within the slender leaves.
There are a few reasons why this cultivated succulent is easy to care for. Neon Breakers is more pest resistant than other succulents, which makes it a great plant for beginners! If you are looking for a fast growing plant without a dormancy period, then this succulent may be just what you are looking for! Water this succulent more in high heat, but be sure to not overwater. Keeping your succulents in well draining soil can prevent this with many types of plants. Many of these succulents like to grow on rocky hillsides, which allows for great draining in the natural habitat. Even though this is a patented plant, you can find licensed retailers of the Echeveria Neon Breakers in the Nature Shop!
Perle Von Nurnberg
This next succulent has won an award for its beauty- the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. Such a well deserved award for this gorgeous succulent, the Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg. This is probably one of the most popular succulents found in stores and shared around. Forming gorgeous rosettes, this succulent will not let you down. The top leaves of this plant range in what color purple they are, there are a few Perle Varieties in our own collection! You can also find many hybrids of this type around. As long as you don’t overwater this succulent and provide enough light, this plant will thrive like all on this list.
Use the Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg for containers, arrangements, wedding bouquets, and so much more. The colors make this succulent a perfect springtime design item because the lower leaves turn green with age. A grown up Perle Von Nurnberg will be a beautiful gradient from purple at the top to green at the bottom. The edges are also a magenta pink, a detail to not be missed. If cared for properly, this succulent can shoot up many flower stalks throughout the year! You can easily propagate this plant to sell or give away to friends, a must have for any succulent collector!
The Echeveria Doris Taylor is also called the Woolly Rose. You can see how it achieved the woolly nickname by the white fuzzy hairs on the bright green leaves. In full sun, you may even be able to bring out red margins on the edges of the leaves. We have yet to achieve this, but will try over the summer! Although this succulent is easy to care for, be careful to not get water on the leaves of the Doris Taylor. Fuzzy succulents highly dislike water on their leaves! Use this succulent as a centerpiece on a table in your home and be ready to answer many questions about it!
Using the same care as the rest of these succulents in the list, watering occasionally with bright indirect light, this succulent can be very easy to care for with plenty of great results. The fuzzy babies of this plant are some of the most adorable succulent babies you will ever see. Between spring and fall, the Woolly Rose sends off flower stalks that show bright orange flowers when it is ready! You can find the Echeveria Doris Taylor in the Nature Shop from one of our favorite succulent sellers. Although this plant feels more fragile than the rest, you can easily propagate with stem cuttings and may even have some luck with leaf propagation!
Shown here is the Variegated Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra), which also grows in a gorgeous plain green from other varieties. The stems turn a red/brown pretty quickly with such young age and this plant is really a prolific grower. Keep this succulent pruned a lot or it may start growing out of control! The Elephant Bush is also called the Mini Jade Plant, which is deceiving because these two plants aren’t that closely related. The nickname comes from the shape of the leaves, looking like true mini Jade Plant leaves on the Elephant Bush.
Why is it named Elephant Bush? Elephants love to eat this plant and chew the leaves right off of the plant, leaving just the stems. This bush will grow back extremely fast on these bare stems, providing constant food that contains water inside. You can’t go wrong with this succulent, just water sparingly and place in bright light. Edges of the variegated variety will show as bright purple in bright light, give it a try! You can propagate this plant with stem cuttings to make even more plants! Currently we have the Variegated Elephant Bush in the Nature Shop and hope to have the regular one added soon! Stay tuned!
I hope you all enjoyed this post about 5 Easy To Care for Succulents! Whether you are starting a succulent collection, looking for gifts for a beginner, or wanting to learn what varieties are great to start with.. the succulents on this list can help you survive any first time stress!