Do Succulents Get Bigger? Succulent Facts

Do Succulents Get Bigger
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Do Succulents Get Bigger

Do succulents get bigger? Because most succulents are small, many people think that these plants remain small. If you ask the same question, then this article is for you. In this post, I will share some facts about succulents.

In most cases, we see small succulents being sold in the market. This often leads to the misconception that succulents don’t grow big. This is the reason why some people get confused when they see a succulent plant that is bigger than the usual plants. 

Do succulents get bigger or they stay small? Well, it depends on the variety of succulent. Some of them stay small while others are giants and become huge plants.

But the truth is that there are varieties of this plant especially the giants that can grow up to 40 feet tall. The small varieties, on the other hand, can only grow up to 3-4 inches.

However, most of the growers choose to grow mini succulents because these types of plants are slow-growing. Same with mini succulents, giant succulents contain thick leaves and can normally grow in dry conditions.

How Fast Do Succulents Grow?

Different species have different growth rates. But almost all of these succulents grow much slower than another kind of plants. There is no accurate number to tell how much this plant should have grown in a given period.  

Seasons are considered as one of the primary effects of succulents’ size. The growth slows down when the period of either winter or summer months begin. This is because of the tolerance of succulents to live in each season. 

Even the “summer” growing succulents sometimes cannot endure the scourging sun during summer. If remaining in a hot environment, succulents may become dormant. 

How Big Do Succulents Get?

Different species have different growth size. If you choose giant succulents then set your expectation higher because they might reach 40 feet above, and you don’t want your home looking like a forest. If you choose to grow a mini succulent, then it will stay small. 

Fast-growing succulents will reach a huge size in just a month or so. You will notice the size increase in at least four months. These fast-growing plants include Irish rose (Aeonium arboreum), Hen and chicks (Echeveria sp.), Jelly bean plant (Sedum rubrotinctum), Jade plant (Crassula sp.), Haworthia (Haworthia sp.), Lavender scallops (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi), Aloe vera (Aloe vera), String of buttons (Crassula perforata), and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera sp.).

Slow growing plants give an impression of not growing at all. Examples of these house plants are the following: Crinkle leaf plant (Adromischus cristatus), Living stones (Lithops sp.), Air plants (Tillandsia sp.), and Barrel cactus (Ferocactus sp.)

Indoor succulents are prone to have taller and larger leaves. Sunlight as one of the essential ingredients in growing succulents determines the plant’s height.

Most of the succulents inside the house tend to seek for the sunlight, that’s why they stretch out their body forward as if they are trying to reach something from above. This characteristic is called etiolation. It commonly happens when plants need sunlight. 

With the right sunlight, we can prevent this unwanted tallness of your little succulents. It is important to always consider what is best for your plant. 

Know your succulent’s necessities because it will contribute the most in the growth of your plant. Give them the right sunlight, and temperature even the kind of soil you are putting them in. 

Colors of succulents also regulated by sunlight, the absence of sunlight can cause succulents to lose saturation, while too much sunlight will cause succulents to produce lighter pigments such as red or orange color. 

Size also depends on the pot being used. As a grower, you have the power to control the size of your plant. If you don’t want your succulents to grow taller or bigger, then cut away the new buds every single time. The cuttings can also be planted in the new pots to grow a new breed of succulents.

Long-Term Commitment

As a family of cactus species, succulents expect to live for a very long time. Cactus particularly stand for a decade and can even reach a century.

Due to their characteristics as slow-growing plant and their ability to adapt to environmental changes, succulents are more likely to survive any longer without spending much money.

How can you tell when your succulent has finally reached its final size?

Succulents are known as slow-growing plants, so slow to the point that you cannot even notice what changes your succulents went through. For example, you believed that their appearance is just the same as before even though its leaves become darker.

Another is, you might notice how much the pot becomes smaller as the succulents grow bigger.

Succulents are versatile. You cannot tell if it’s its final size. As long as they still get all the nutrients they need, they still have a long long way to grow. 

Example of large succulents

One of the most common large kind of succulent is Echeveria plants and Sempervivums, also known as Hens and chicks. Same with another type of succulents, both are also drought-resistant and can reproduce through propagation from their offsets.

Echeveria VS Sempervivums

Echeveria is polycarpic, they can produce flower many times as long as they can during their lifetime. This is a good thing about Echeveria since it will not die after flowering.

On the other hand, Sempervivums die every after its flower blooms. The life span of this plant is much shorter so you need to learn propagating to ensure that you will never lose this plant on your pad.

Talking about cold hardiness, most of Echeveria cannot stand in a very cold climate, unlike sempervivum. Echeveria is originated in Mexico and Central America, and the cold bothers them. Most of them can survive in cold unprotected but some are not.

So if you are living in a cooler climate, then you must evacuate your echeveria into a greenhouse. Build a temporary shelter for them and help them overcome the coldness, and feel their owner’s warm from the outside. 

But if the winter season starts to freeze all the way, then you should put your plant inside. Temporary shelters cannot make them feel warm any longer! Put them in any window sills for them to receive at least a little sunlight from the outside. 

If you’re not comfortable seeing a plant inside your house, just put them outside if the season changes into summer, winter, and fall. After all, echeveria also needs sunlight. 

Planting Echeveria does not take any expensive methods. Even if you reside in a colder country, you can always enjoy having that plant all year round. Just pay attention to your plants at least twice a week.

I hope this helps. To learn more about succulents, visit my page on how to Grow Succulents.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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