Best indoor succulents in the UK to brighten up your home

There's no quicker way to brighten up a room than to add a pop of greenery

by Sophie Athawes |

Houseplants are the perfect way to brighten up a room and your mood. Succulents are perhaps one the most popular types of indoor plants and have quickly become a fashionable choice for their appearance, low maintenance and sustainability. With so many types to choose from, we thought we’d round up the best indoor succulents in the UK that can be delivered straight to your door, as well as a few tips on how best to care for them.

What are the most popular type of succulents?

With a wide species of succulents out there, finding the right one to add to your home can be hard to navigate. To help, here are some of the most popular types of indoor succulents that might inspire you.

Sempervivums: These distinct succulents are identified by their petal shaped leaves, and sometimes even contain shades of red. They're a hardy type, and their name comes from the Latin of 'forever alive.' Quite fitting, we think.

Aloe: Identified by their long, fleshy leaves that grow upwards. These plants have been used in medicine and cosmetics for centuries. The Aloe plant stores its water content in its leaves in a form of a gel.

Snake Plant: The Snake Plant has many other names its known by. However, it's also known by its distinct leaves that reach upwards. The leaves are tall, spindly and thinner than you may expect for a succulent plant.

Agave: These plants generally have evenly distributed, fleshy leaves that grow upwards and outwards. They're not dissimilar in look to an aloe plant, but their leaves look more like spines.

Jade Plant: Can be identified by its rounded leaves that appear in clusters close together. Sometimes, this plant will contain pigments of red. When flowering, it produces pink star-shaped flowers that branch off.

How do you look after succulents?

As well as being an attractive addition to your home, succulents require very little fuss. Their thick, fleshy leaves and enlarged roots allow them to retain water so they do not need watering as frequently as other plants. A generous amount of water once their soil is bone dry is all that’s needed.

Succulents are famed for their ability to adapt and tolerate indoor climates; this means you can find a succulent suited to any room in the house. They also ‘play nice' with other plants, allowing you to pot a few together. When doing this, though, be sure to use succulent potting soil and check they have even levels of sunlight and comparable watering needs.

So, when it comes down to it, all your succulents need are a fair amount of sunlight and a few drops to drink every few weeks. Now you know the benefits of succulents and have an idea of how to care for them, which are the best indoor succulents in the UK?


Can succulents live outside?

In the UK, there are certain succulents that can withstand the unpredictability of British weather and cold winters.

During the winter months, water your succulents once a month provided there's no snow or frost on the ground. Keep them in a sunny location, but also be wary of keeping them in direct sunlight as this could cause them to burn. Hardy types of succulent that can live outside include Agave, Sempervivums. Euphorbias and Sedum, to name a few.

Are succulents poisonous?

Thankfully, to humans, the majority of succulents are not poisonous. There are two types of succulents that can cause harm to humans when touched or eaten and these are the Euphorbia and Kalanchoe succulents.

Unfortunately, there are a number of succulents that are poisonous to cats, dogs and other pets. These include Euphorbia, Kalanchoe, Aloe Vera, Jade Plant, Snake Plant and String of Pearls to name a few. Always research when introducing new plants around pets, as they could potentially be fatal. Contact your vet if your pet has come into contact with a plant and is showing symptoms like drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea or lethargy.

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