Common Succulent House Plants

A succulent is a type of plant that stores water in its leaves, as well as its roots. These are popular houseplants because they are sturdy, easy to maintain and appealing to the eye. Common on windowsills across America, succulents can live in practically any type of weather environment.

Aloe

Aloe is often used medicinally for soothing burns or injuries. However, as a plant, it can be one of the largest succulents for house decor. They require just one watering a week and don't need much sun. Rotate aloe plants from the windowsill, making sure an even coat of sunshine is applied on alternating weeks. The most popular type of aloe plant is aloe vera. It grows between 5 and 8 inches high, a very manageable size for a windowsill. Aloe plants have small spines on the edges of the leaves, similar in appearance to those of a cactus but not nearly as sharp and prickly.

Jade

Small rounded clusters of stout leaves grow into the jade succulent. Generally with dark green leaves, these plants may blossom tiny flowers during the spring. During the winter months, jade doesn't need much water, once every month, but should be watered regularly every two weeks during hot summer months. Never overexpose a jade to direct sunlight; keep them in light shade if possible. Jade is sometimes referred to as the money tree. It may be pruned to help strengthen the root of the plant but only prune it during the spring.

Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm (Beaucarnearecuvata) is a unique type of succulent, because it can appear just as a palm tree, only smaller. It is not actually a palm at all. This succulent is not suited for windowsills, but floor areas with a few feet of space. The ponytail palm's leaves grow longer than 2 feet when indoors, but up to 20 feet outdoors. During the summer, these houseplants should be watered every three weeks, but only once or twice during the winter. The leaves are not as stiff as the previous succulents, hanging down almost as a spider plant.

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