As the pandemic unfolds globally, people begin to experience stress, anxiety, and a sense of panic, especially those who were homebound for the very first time.
However, quite surprisingly, it opened doors to new opportunities and the likelihood of acquiring new hobbies.
So apart from TikTok trends of making Dalgona coffee and banana bread, a big chunk of people found solace in plants, especially succulents.
What Are Succulents?
In botanical sciences, succulent plants, or simply succulents, are plant species that have thick, fleshy, and engorged leaves or bodies to retain water under severely dry environments.
Such arid climate is usually found in deserts, so a number of different succulents are found in such areas and thrive under such conditions.
This also means that they are mostly low maintenance and hardly ever die on you.
That is the main reason why many people took a keen interest in succulents because for plant enthusiasts who struggle with keeping a plant alive and losing motivation as it dies – succulents are easy, low-maintenance and minimalist plants.
Succulent is also mainly a plat category name than a classified name for an individual plant. Hence, all cactuses are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.
So naturally, they make for a gorgeous indoor plant for people.
10 Types of Succulents That Stay Small
Hence, to make things easier for people who would like to get started with a collection of small succulents of their own, we have compiled a list of our favorite ten types of succulents that are sure to stay small and gorgeous as you plant them both indoors and outdoors.
Many of these succulents vary in size, but thanks to breeding techniques, they are now available in smaller variations that are sure to spruce up any space.
So without further ado, let’s get started!
As the name suggests, this succulent has zebra stripes on it. Although it grows much like an aloe vera plant with elongated, pointy leaves, the distinct stripes are what it is known for.
It is one of the most popular types of succulents as people find it contrasting against solid planters, and its sturdy, low-maintenance nature is an added plus.
Hen & Chicks
You might have been taken aback by the name, but nothing too shocking here because it is indeed a succulent plant.
The name “Hen & Chicks” just goes for an otherwise scientific name, “Sempervivum,” for a plant that is nicely green colored and rose-shaped.
Because the plant grows and extends roots to baby plants is why it is called Hen & Chicks.
Another obvious succulent that people think of right off the bat but probably don’t know the name. It is one of the most low-maintenance plants and has thick leaves growing like a rose flower.
Another quality about Echeveria Amoena that matches a rose is its rosy coral color, which makes it a popular choice for succulent lovers.
The first choice of every succulent collector is a jade plant or baby jade. It is a shrubby, bright green succulent that receives red edges thanks to sunlight.
This makes the succulent look super pretty in a pot indoors and hence, making it a likely choice for people.
It can grow over 24 inches, but you can keep it trimmed and use the trimmings to multiply your jade.
Just like its name, the moonstone succulent looks like the plant has tiny green pebbles for leaves. They are smooth and oval and can become pinkish-white over time due to sun exposure.
You can buy this succulent pre-grown, but it is also a great choice if you want to grow your own succulent, as it is pretty easy to grow and take care of.
A miniature plant that comes to your mind the moment you hear the word succulent is probably Echeveria Minima.
It is known for its small size and bowl-like shape that the plant takes as the leaves grow curved inwards.
It also has a more diverse color scheme than most succulents because the tip of the leaves starts turning pink under the sun in contrast to the green.
The panda plant is thusly named because it has darkened patches all over its silvery leaves that make it look like the patches that a panda has on its fur.
Otherwise, the fleshy panda plant grows on a wooden stem-like structure and can grow tall if not trimmed.
However, it is fairly easy to take care of as you just have to soak and drain it every 2 to 3 weeks.
Much like its name, Little Bobo is a cute little succulent that grows in enclosed bunches. So you can say that it looks like cabbage or lettuce bulbs.
The best part about this succulent is that it only grows up to 3 inches in height. So it is the perfect succulent for people who wants ones that stay small.
Moreover, it takes weekly watering in the summers and can survive frost.
Many people think of succulents as either cactus types or aloe vera-type plants. However, contrary to this visualization, succulents can also be creepers.
Little Missy or “Sedum” is a type of creeper succulent that has brighter green leaves and grows pink flowers too.
It can creep out of your pots up to 3-4 inches, and you can trim the excess to keep it short and tidy.
String of Pearls
Another gorgeous creeper succulent that has recently become popular is String of Pearls.
It has gotten this name because of it is leaves that grow like strings with pearls on them.
It is bright green in color, and the droopy leaves fall out of the planter, making it a perfect plant to hang around in baskets and lightweight pots.
Also, it doesn’t even require regular watering.
Interior Décor Ideas to Place Small Succulents
Succulents, in general, can vary in size, but it is really the small ones that people have taken an interest in.
They look gorgeous in minimalist household settings and easily be used as an interior decoration element.
It would look especially good if you have a contract, solid, bright aesthetic in the background.
Also, if you are a plant lover and want to incorporate them in interior décor, succulents are the best way to go about it.
Here are some interior décor ideas to place succulents:
On Floating Shelves
One of the best places to keep your potted succulents is on floating shelves. This way, you can place them anywhere you have a shelf.
You name it, whether it is a bookshelf in the study, a gallery wall in the hallway, or a utility shelf in the restroom.
Succulents can spruce up almost any space and get incorporated with multiple other elements.
On Your Work Desk
People’s work desks are the most popular choice to place succulents indoors.
From homework desks to work desks at the office – it has become so popular that people gift each other succulents as a congratulatory gift for a work achievement to place on their work desks.
Safe to say, it adds an amazing touch of nature and a pop of color.
On Kitchen Counters
Sprucing up kitchen counters shouldn’t mean that you only add fancy cutlery. In fact, you can add your personally potted herbs and succulents.
It adds that rustic feel of being close to nature in the kitchen because you are preparing your food using so many elements of nature.
Also, it looks clean and minimalistic while you take care of the food prep beside it.
Hang Them around the Balcony
Creeper succulents like String of Pearls make for the perfect succulent to place in rustic baskets, bohemian pots, and even straw hats and hang around the edge of your balcony.
Because the succulent doesn’t even require regular watering, you can easily place it as much higher as you like and let the strings of green pearls hang around for an incredible feel.
Create Cozy Reading/ Relaxing Corners
Succulents have a calmness about them that translates well into interior décor.
Hence, if you are big on creating reading or relaxation corners around the house, then do add a side table to place your books.
And for a personal touch, add a tiny potted succulent, a scented candle, your phone stand, a lamp, and a coaster to keep your drink. Sounds so dreamy!
Now you know which types of succulents can stay small and how you can incorporate them indoors as an interior décor element.
So we hope that our ideas and list for the types of succulents help you come up with your own creative ways to acquire a succulent and start a collection of your own.
It is important to note that succulents can grow in size, but a little maintenance should keep them within the ideal size range you prefer. Cheers!