If you’re thinking of purchasing succulents for your collection, you might want to check out why the following are my 4 favorite succulents. There are thousands of succulents and I absolutely haven’t grown them all. Every individual will have their own set of favorites, but as of today, these rank at the top of my list. I’ll probably change this list over time, as I add new ones to my collection in the future.
Number 1 is Sansevieria, commonly known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue. I’m not sure you can kill these plants if you tried. I’ve had some of these for years, and at times forgot they were a ‘live’ plant to be watered. I got so used to looking at them, I’ve mistaken them for a object of décor. They require little care, and come in a variety of species and cultivars. I have found that root division is the fastest and easiest way to propagate them, although leaf cuttings work, too. They’re also a functional plant. Nasa’s Clean Air Study has shown that they remove 4 of the 5 main toxins found in our homes.
There are many varieties and sizes to choose from.
Number 2 is Senecio Rowleyanus, or String of Pearls. They are just the cutest plant around. They look so delicate, but they’re actually pretty tough guys. A plus in my book is that they grow a bit faster than most other succulents. I get so gosh darn tired of waiting for plants to grow, both inside and out. They’re very easy to propagate, too, by putting cuttings in soil.
Number 3 is Crassula Ovata, or Jade Plant. I have several of these throughout the house. They’re hard to kill, easy to propagate, and can handle low light. The pot pictured on the left is one that I left outside last summer without water for too long. It happens to all of us. I was probably in a hot hurry to get inside to the air conditioning, and wanted the watering chore over.
It was scorched and dried out pretty bad, before I rescued it. But fortunately, they’re easy to bring back. You can see all the new leaf buds coming out.
One of the leaves had fallen off last summer, and I just left it on the dirt. It’s now a little Jade plant.
I also recently added a little Crassula Rupestris subsp. Marnieriana, or Jade Necklace in the planter. I’m anxious to see how it will fair.
This one is a Crassula Ovata ‘Gollum’, or Gollum Jade plant. Isn’t it just the weirdest looking thing? I like plants that look like they come from an alien planet. It’s been in my home only a few weeks, but it’s getting some new growth on it already.
The last one of my favorite succulents is Echeveria. They grow in a beautiful rosette form, and come in some of the most gorgeous colors. They work well in craft projects, and all kinds of pretty displays. These 3 are hybrids and have their own unique look.
They look like flowers. Who can resist them?
I’m betting I’ll have a different list of 4 favorite succulents in 6 months from now. It’s hard to choose, and as I grow new kinds I’m sure others will win my heart. I don’t have any that I don’t like yet. Do you have your own set of favorites that you love?