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15 Low Light Succulents That Can Survive in the Darkest Corners Even

Low Light Succulents

We all know succulents are the toughest plants ever. But this is not the sole reason they are seen indoors.

In fact, requiring lesser care is the most significant factor that makes us love these plants, in addition to their low light requirement.

If you’re on the lookout for succulents for your newly designed home or office, here is what you need.

So, let’s get to know a few of the most popular low light succulents.

5 Surprising Facts About Succulents

Do you know why succulent plants make the best house plants? It’s because:

  • They require the lowest maintenance and care.
  • They hail from a harsh dry environment, which makes them tough.
  • Their thick leaves store water for more extended periods, and thus, need much lesser water.
  • Succulent are hardy, versatile, and comes in every size and shape.
  • Succulents regrow quickly from cuttings their leaf-cuttings.

15 Low Light Succulents That You Can Grow Indoors

We have chosen 15 best and the most common succulents that can decorate your home or office manyfold.

1. Variegated Snake Plant

Variegated Snake Plant

The snake plant is the most common low-light succulent plant found in homes, offices, and buildings. It’s also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue, as they look like a stuck-out tongue.

These plants have no stems but leaves that grow vertically and can reach an average height of 3 ft. One of the common problems diseases that catch the snake plant is the root-rot, which happens due to overwatering.

Best Placement: Home, office corners near the south-facing window

Scientific Name Dracaena trifasciata or Sansevieria trifasciata
Sunlight Need Bright & indirect
Water Need Low
Soil pH 4.5 – 8.5
Humidity Need Low
Repotting Need No

2. Cylindrical Snake Plant

Cylindrical Snake Plant

It’s another type of snake plant that looks like a long cucumber. The leaves that can reach the height of 3ft normally can be braided even when they are young.

The common problem is the yellowing or browning of leaves due to over or underwatering.

Best placement: Entrance, corridors, balconies, etc

Scientific Name Sansevieria cylindrica
Sunlight Need Bright & indirect
Water Need Low
Soil Type Acidic; Well-drained cactus mix
Humidity Need Low (40%)
Repotting Need No

3. Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Also known as the lucky plant, the jade plant makes a perfect indoor plant, the thick leaves of which are as small as one-inch. Some people confuse this plant with the elephant bush, but both are different.

The Jade plant tends to grow vertically rather than being creepy. Common problems with this plant are the mealybugs and root-rot.

Best Placement: On the working table, window sill, reception table

Scientific Name Crassula ovata
Sunlight Need Bright indirect sunlight
Water Need Less (let the top 1-2 inches dry)
Soil pH 6.3 pH; Soil mix
Humidity Need Low (>30%)
Repotting Need For young plants, every 2-3 years

Gardening Tip
If you’re new to gardening, it’s advised to learn some hacks of gardening before you start messing with the soil

4. Echeverias

Echeverias

Echeverias make the best decorative plants. Their species are too many, 10-15 of which are well known. These plants’ beauty lies in their flower-like shape, each leaf of which is arranged like petals of a flower.

Wilting, fading, and dropping are a few of the common problems with these plants, the cause of which is the direct sunlight.

Best Placement: Worktable tops, countertops

Scientific Name Echeveria
Sunlight Need Bright & indirect
Water Need Low
Soil pH 6.0 pH; Sandy, slightly acidic
Humidity Need Low (40%)
Repotting Need Yes (every 2 years)

5. Bear’s Paw

Bear's Paw
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Bear’s paw is named because of its leaves’ paw-liked shape with reddish-brown teeth at their tip that looks like nails of a paw.

The leaves are chunky, ovate, and fuzzy, which are sensitive to touch when young. Excess water and humidity may cause the leaves to fall off.

Best placement: Near a south-facing window

Scientific Name Cotyledon tomentosa
Sunlight Need Indirect
Water Need Medium; once a week
Soil pH 6.0; Slightly sandy
Humidity Need No humidity needed
Repotting Need No

6. Zebra Cactus

Zebra Cactus

Surprise others with a cactus plant that has Zebra lining on it. Zebra cactus is also from the same family as Aloe, with the difference in variegation only. Common problems include root-rot due to overwatering.

Best placement: Lobby, entrance, tabletop

Scientific Name Haworthiopsis fasciata
Sunlight Need No, but it performs well if exposed to indirect sunlight
Water Need Very low (once a month)
Soil pH 6.6 – 7.5 pH; Sandy
Humidity Need No
Repotting Need Lesser (every 3-4 years)

7. Burro’s Tail

Burro's Tail

Also known as a donkey’s tail, Burro’s tail is one of the most attractive hanging basket plants. The leaves grow together like a bunch of grapes, with each leaf having mint color and a slightly curved shape. Common problems include mealybugs and wilting.

Best placement: Hanging baskets; In a mixed cactus & succulent container

Scientific Name Sedum morganianum
Sunlight Need Bright, Indirect sunlight
Water Need Low (once a month)
Soil pH 6.0 pH; Sandy soil
Humidity Need Medium (50%)
Repotting Need No (only if the plant has grown too bigger)

8. Gollum Jade

Gollum Jade
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Apparently, this plant looks more like a deer horn in green color. Surprisingly, the leaves of the plants are tubular, curved, and have their tips open.

The average height and width of this plant are 3ft and 2ft, respectively. Common diseases include root-rot and mealy bugs.

Best placement: Windowsill; House/office corners

Scientific Name Schlumbergera (genus)
Sunlight Need Yes
Water Need Less (don’t water unless the top layer dries)
Soil pH 6.0
Humidity Need Low
Repotting Need Lesser (every 2-3 years)

Gardening Tip

Always use the latest gardening tools to increase your productivity and avoid damage to the plants

9. Holiday Cacti

Image Sources Pinterest

It’s also called Christmas or Easter cactus and is known for its multilayered pinkish flowers that grow at the tip of each stem, followed by a series of oblong leaves.

To produce the buds, they require shorter days & cool nights. The maximum height it can reach is 10 inches.

Best placement: Hanging basket, beside windows

Scientific Name Schlumbergera truncata
Sunlight Need Bright, indirect
Water Need Low
Soil pH 5.5 – 6.2 pH
Humidity Need High
Repotting Need Rare (every 3-4 years or when you see roots growing through the drainage hole)

10. Flaming Katy

Flaming Katy

It’s another low light succulent that has flowers. It can reach a maximum height of 18 inches. Like other succulents, it’s also prone to root-rot due to overwatering or poor drainage.

Best Placement: Tabletops, beside windows, etc

Scientific Name Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Sunlight Need Bright & indirect
Water Need Less
Soil pH Sandy potting mix
Humidity Need Low
Repotting Need Very less (every 3-4 year)

11. Wax Plant

Wax Plant
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This succulent has attractive waxy foliage and sweetly scented flowers. A well-grown wax plant can reach up to a height of 8ft. Common problems include fungal diseases that cause wilting.

Best placement: Hanging basket

Scientific Name Hoya obovata
Sunlight Need Yes, for blooming
Water Need Low
Soil pH Mix (potting soil + orchid bark mix)
Humidity Need Medium (>50%)
Repotting Need After every 1-2 years (if the plant is drying more quickly)

12. Rhipsalis

Rhipsalis

This is yet another succulent with leaves thinner than pencils, looking more like a bush collectively. A well-grown Rhipsalis can reach a height of 6ft maximum. The common problems include wilting due to root-rot.

Best placement: In a hanging basket

Scientific Name Rhipsalis baccifera
Sunlight Need Bright & indirect
Water Need Once a week
Soil pH 6.1 – 6.5 pH; Slightly drained & acidic
Humidity Need High (use humidifier in winter)
Repotting Need After 2-3 years

13. Common Houseleek (also Growing Hens & Chicks)

Common Houseleek

Like echeverias, common houseleeks have thick leaves arranged like petals of a flower with reddish-brown tips curved upwards with a maximum height of 8 inches. Common problems include mealybugs and aphid attacks.

Best placement: Tabletops, countertops, etc

Scientific Name Sempervivum tectorum
Sunlight Need Yes
Water Need Very little
Soil pH 6.6 – 7.5 pH; excellent drainage
Humidity Need Yes
Repotting Need No

14. Elephant Bush

Elephant Bush
Image Sources Pinterest

It’s one of the toughest creepy succulents that can survive in extreme conditions even. The stems are thick on which small, ovate leaves grow with maximum stem length as 3-5ft, unlike in the wild in which it grows to 12ft even.

Common problems include discolored or dropping leaves due to overwatering and underwatering.

Best placement: Desktops, hanging baskets, etc

Scientific Name Portulacaria afra
Sunlight Need Indirect and partial (South facing window)
Water Need Lesser – once the soil becomes dry
Soil pH 5.6 – 6.5 pH
Humidity Need High (use humidifiers in winter)
Repotting Need Yes, every two years (other than winter)

15. Peperomia Prostrata

Peperomia Prostrata
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Peperomia prostrata is one of the beautiful succulents that can decorate your interior like nothing. Homes, restaurants, shopping malls, etc., can be seen decorated with peperomias.

The average stem length is 1-1.5ft. Common problems include wilting, scan-like protrusions on leaves due to overwatering.

Best placement: Hanging baskets, Living room/office corners

Scientific Name Peperomia Prostrata B.S Williams
Sunlight Need Bright Indirect sunlight
Water Need Less (don’t water until the soils is dry)
Soil pH 6 – 6.5 pH
Humidity Need High
Best Placement Hanging baskets, Living room/office corners
Repotting Need Every 2-3 years

Benefits of Growing Succulents In Your Home

  • Succulents give a lovely, vibrant look to your interior. That’s why succulents’ imitations are equally famous.
  • They purify the air by removing volatile organic compounds from the air.
  • Improves the humidity of your house to improve sore throat, dry coughs, etc.
  • Regular exposure to nature, including the houseplants, help to improve your concentration.
  • They improve our memory, as per psychologists.
  • Surprisingly, to some extent, they help to increase pain tolerance in patients if placed nearby.

Conclusion

Low light succulents are beneficial in two ways. On the one hand, they let you put them even indoors, and on the other hand, they hardly require your attention.

The thick leaves hold enough water to survive for days without water. In addition to this, succulents like cactus provide moisture to the skin with anti-inflammatory properties.

The properties common in all succulents are that they require bright indirect sunlight and very less water.

Which of these succulents you have in your home or office? How is your experience with them so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

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