Moon Cactus, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii works well as an indoor succulent but let it outside one day per week.

Most Popular Indoor Succulents

Enjoy this great video highlighting popular indoor succulents!

Are you looking for some suggestions for indoor succulents for your home or office?  This video names some popular indoor succulents and also has some tips for planting and caring for succulents. We have also provided a text transcription of the audio if you would prefer to read it or refer back to this content at a later time.



Hi my name is Malini. Today I’m going to talk to you about the most popular indoor succulents. One of the most popular indoor succulents are Haworthias. They’re native to South Africa low maintenance and slow growing. One of the most popular Haworthias that I really like is the Haworthia attenuata, Zebra Plant. This is the non-variegated version and this is the variegated version. They have pretty tall white flowers that come on a stalk and they require very little water and they like mostly shade. If you keep it outside you keep it in a filtered sunlight area and you only water about once a week. If you keep them inside you keep them in a north-facing or west-facing window and only water about once or twice a month. You have to make sure that the soil is completely dry before you water again because if the soil is too moist the plants can rot very quickly.

This is a very rare for Haworthia that I really like as well. This one is in a Haworthia cymbiformis Vvariegated and this is also from South Africa. Other great indoor succulents are Sempervivums. Sempervivums are also known as Houseleeks. They’re native to Iran and Morocco. Sempervivums have very shallow roots which make it easy to plant in containers such as a saucer.

I’m going to demonstrate for you very quickly how to make a nice and simple Sempervivum garden. So right now I’m trying to take out all the soil as much as possible and then right now I don’t have any hole but for this purpose only I’m just going to show you how easy it is to make a nice succulent garden using just Sempervivums. As you see taking all the soil out here but leaving some soil and roots left and then showing you how this works very nicely. So you want to keep the succulents compact and tight together so that that slows the growth. You don’t want to worry about it growing too fast so I’m using the same soil here which is fine and then planting a nice little garden.

Now normally if there’s no hole you would add pumice for extra drainage. The pumice allows it to drain and without becoming rotted. Now I’m going to show you here and when you get a little too messy I am I’m going to take a little brush here make it simple for me and quickly brush up all that soil that gets stuck inside the plant and I can add more if I want to or I can just let it grow and it will take about a year before this actually outgrows this pot. So after I finish planting that then I add a little bit of top dressing. You could add any color you like what I have on hand is just sand which is fine as long as it keeps it all together. You just pat it around and put a very thin layer around it.

Now I normally don’t water right away. I wait for it to get settled in and since we have had the rain it’s been a little bit moist so I’m going to keep it right in here without having to water it right away. So here you have a nice little container garden. Just using separate frames and you can keep this indoors near a north-facing or west facing.

Besides Haworthias and Sempervivums we also have another variety that tends to grow slow. We also have another indoor succulent that is very popular for offices or for places where you have hardly any light. These are known as Sansevierias. This Sansevieria is from Angola. It grows to about three to five feet wide with multiple branches and has a beautiful a white flower that comes out in a stalk. This one is a Sansevierias, a short version of a Snake Plant or a Mother-in-Law Tongue. I made a nice little arrangement that someone can put inside in a window or in an office with hardly any light. So Sansevierias are quite versatile and are very low-maintenance. You only need to water about once a month indoors or outside once a week in a filtered sunlight area. Now they are not frost-tolerant so you have to cover it with a light covering or frost cloth which will raise the temperature about 10 degrees.

A great indoor hanging succulent will be the Senecio radicans  also known as the String of Bananas or Fishhook Senecio. Native to South Africa the Fishhook Senecio can grow as long as 3 feet long. What I like about this hanging indoor succulent is that it is drought tolerant and it can take temperature as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit and also can take it as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. So it’s both drought tolerant as well as frost tolerant. This beautiful hanging succulent has tiny white little flowers that have a sweet cinnamon-like fragrance. You can hang this indoors in a window north facing or even west facing and water only about twice a month, or you can keep it outdoors and you can hang it on a tree and keep it in filtered light and water it about once a week.

Moon Cactus, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii works well as an indoor succulent but let it outside one day per week.
The Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, Moon Cactus looks great indoors.

Now we talked about indoor succulents ones that grow low and ones that grow tall. The next thing I’m going to talk to you about are plants that can be indoors but need to be rotated about once a week. These are called Gymnocalycium mihanovichii or Moon Cactus. You can keep them inside near a window but you have to take them outside about once a week so they can have natural sunlight and air. If you don’t take them outside the top portion will become very skinny trying to reach sunlight. So to prevent that you need to take it outside at least once a week for a natural sunlight and airing and then bring it back in. If you’re looking for colorful succulents such as these they require about the same care in terms of keeping it inside near a window preferably west-facing or south-facing which it gets bright sunny light but take it outside about once a week. Then we’ll get the natural sunlight and air and still keep its original shape. I hope you enjoy these beautiful indoor succulents with me today.

The video specifically mentioned:

  • Haworthia attenuata, Zebra Plant
  • Sempervivums
  • Haworthia cymbiformis Variegated
  • Sansevieria, Snake Plant
  • Senecio radicans, String of Bananas or Fishhook Senecio
  • Gymnocalycium mihanovichii, Moon Cactus

We hope you benefitted from the suggestions and demonstrations in the video and the text highlighting some favorite indoor succulents.

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