Succulents for Low Light: The Best Varieties


Succulents for Low Light
Succulents for Low Light

Are there succulents for low light? This is a common question from my readers especially for those from countries where the daylight is shorter than night time. If you live in the same location, you probably ask the same question.

Fortunately, there are types of succulents for low light. Obviously, these house plants do not require direct sunlight in order to survive. They beautifully thrive in a low light environment.

In this post, I will share with you my favorite succulents that grow well in low light. I hope you will also like them.

But first, let me clarify the term “low light”. Low light means indirect sunlight. This commonly observes indoors. While outdoors, low light means under a shade.

Further, low light does not mean the total absence of light. Much like other plants, succulents need sunlight to grow. Sunlight is the main factor that triggers the photosynthesis of the plant. The total absence of light is not viable for succulent plants.

The following are perfect examples of succulents for low light.

1. Snake Plant or Sansevieria

Succulents for Low Light

This tall and slender plant is also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. This plant is super versatile that it can tolerate underwater, low sunlight, or little care. In fact, it can grow without human care.

The Snake Plant is known for its hardy and dense green leaves. It can grow up to several feet if you allow it. Apart from its versatility, the Snake Plant could also clean the air inside the house. It can eliminate toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Many succulent lovers want this plant indoor. It does not only provide excellent ambiance but also provides free air maintenance. You can place the plant in your kitchen or bathroom. And because it is drought and low light tolerant, you don’t have to take care of it as much as other indoor plants.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – low to medium. As mentioned, Snake Plants do not need direct sunlight. They can survive in a low to medium light.

Water – moderate amount of water. Snake Plants prefer underwater than overwater. This means that the plant can survive with less frequent watering. Overwatering can actually cause root rotting and other growth problems.

Soil fast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon). Snake Plants grow well in a fast-draining soil paired with pots or containers with holes. This keeps the plant from overwatering.

2. Bird’s Nest Fern or Asplenium nidus

Succulents for Low Light

The Bird’s Nest Fern is another great variety of succulents for low light. It is also called the Asplenium nidus. This plant produces a wide range of shapes of leaves. The leaves can be curly, lace, wavy or straight.

The best thing about this plant is that it can survive and thrive under low light environment. You can add this plant to your indoor décor. Unlike other ferns, the Bird’s Nest Fern is not too sensitive to human intervention. It is more forgiving making it perfect for beginners.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – low light. The Bird’s Nest Fern is ideal for indoor environments. It is tolerant to the absence of direct sunlight.

Water – prefers moist. But it does not like too much water. So make sure that you don’t soak it in stagnant water. Overwatering should be avoided.

Soilfast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon). Like any other indoor variety of plants, the Bird’s Nest Fern needs a perfect soil mix to keep itself healthy and avoid overwatering.

3. Pearly Dots or Haworthia margaritifera

Succulents for Low Light

Pearly Dots are close relatives to the Aloe Plants. These succulents are hardy and can survive in a low light environment. In addition, these succulents are native to South Africa and accustomed to growing under indirect sunlight.

The leaves of Pearly Dots are covered with white bumps on the surface thus earned the name. Unlike other succulents, the Pearly Dots are slow-growing. They are perfect for indoor décor.

These plants grow well even without regular care. As long as they are not disturbed, they will just thrive indoor.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – indirect sunlight. The Pearly Dots preferred indirect more than direct sunlight.

Water – moderate moisture. You don’t have to give too much water to these succulents. A moderate amount of water will do. They can even thrive on neglect.

Soil fast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon). Pearly Dots are accustomed to growing in sandy soil. Thus, they grow healthily in well-draining soil.

4. Panda Plant or Kalanchoe tomentosa

Succulents for Low Light

Another best succulent for low light is the Panda Kalanchoe. The name is derived from its cute features fuzzy leaves. This slow-growing succulent is native to Madagascar. Usually, it takes about two years for the leaves to be full-grown.

One of the best features of this succulent is its ability to thrive even without regular care. It can grow on its own. The Panda Plants are easy to care to require almost no human intervention.

However, this plant is not a pet and children friendly. This is because it contains poisonous substances that can harm dogs and cats. This may suggest that the Panda Plants are not so perfect plants for indoor. You can place these plants in your outdoor garden though.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – indirect sunlight. Panda Plants grow well under the shade. It is important to remember that these plants don’t like direct sunlight.

Water – minimal amount of water. Like any other succulent plants, the Panda Plants prefer under watering than overwatering.

Soil – a fast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is the best for the Panda Plants.

5. Jade Plant or Crassula ovata

Succulents for Low Light

If you want a succulent that grows bigger than any other plant, you probably like the Jade Plant. This succulent grows like a tree with a strong and thick body and branches. If you don’t know that Jade Plant is a succulent, you might think that this plant is a tree.

Jade Plant is a hardy succulent. This means that it can thrive both in low light and under direct sunlight environments. Jade Plants are native to South Africa which means that these plants are drought tolerant.

Unlike other succulent varieties, Jade Plants are not sensitive. They can survive without regular maintenance.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – Jade Plants can thrive indirect and under sunlight. This means that these plants are perfect for indoor and outdoor environments.

Water – minimal amount of water. Although Jade plants are hardy, they don’t like overwatering. Make sure that the soil is completely dry before you water again.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is perfect for Jade Plants.

6. ZZ Plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Succulents for Low Light

If you want a hardiest succulent for your low light environment, you may fall in love with the ZZ Plant. The name is actually an acronym of its Latin name Zamioculcas zamiifolia. Because it is the hardiest succulents, it is tolerant of almost all extreme conditions.

The ZZ Plants have beautiful features including waxy leaves that can add beauty in the indoor ambiance. The best part of growing this plant is that it can tolerate neglect.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – can grow well in shade and in direct sunlight. But too much sunray can also negatively impact the plant’s growth. Although it is hardy, it cannot stand extreme sun rays for long.

Water – minimal amount of water. The ZZ Plants are drought tolerant. This means that they can survive without frequent watering. It is okay to leave the plants to unwater for days or weeks. However, overwatering can harm the plant.

Soil – a regular potting soil may be suitable for these plants. But if you have fast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon), it is of course much better.

7. Spider Plant or Chlorophytum comosum

Succulents for Low Light

The Spider Plant is another low light succulent that could perfectly thrive indoors or under shade. The name of the plant is derived from its appearance. But the appearance does not discourage succulent lovers from having this beautiful plant inside their house.

One of the reasons why the Spider Plant is one of the all-time favorite houseplants is its ability to purifier air. Plus, because this plant is one of the low light succulents, it can survive and thrive well in the dimly lit part of your house.

Another cool thing about Spider Plant is its quick-growing ability. You can take the spiderling plantlets in fast-draining soil, give water to it and it will grow. Soon you’ll have a new pot of Spider Plant almost effortlessly.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – because it is one of the succulents for low light, it can flourish almost anywhere indoor.

Water – Spider Plant loves a minimal amount of water. Before watering, check the soil moisture. If it is completely dry, then water again.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is the best option for the Spider Plant.

8. Staghorn Fern or Platycerium

Succulents for Low Light

Another low light succulent that I would like to introduce in this list is the Staghorn Fern. It earns its name from its Stag’s horn-like feature at the base of the plant that provides protection. This succulent is perfect for the dimly lit room or corner of the house.

Another cool thing about Staghorn Fern is that it can grow and flourish in hanging baskets or mounted boards. This is because this plant is accustomed to growing on top of high plants and trees in the wild.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – this plant loves medium to bright indirect sunlight. Generally, the Staghorn Fern grows well under shade.

Water – loves to be soaked but not overwatering. A soak and dry watering method are perfect for this plant.

Soil – prefers a fast-draining soil for maximum growth.

9. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is another good example of low light succulent. Most people want this plant not only for its aesthetic features but more so for its healing properties.

Aloe Vera is not only known as a houseplant or ornamental but also a medicinal plant. It is rich in helpful substances that could cure skin diseases.

In fact, Medical News Today listed 8 benefits of Aloe Vera. This plant contains antioxidants, antibacterial properties, aids the healing process, reduces dental plaque, aids canker sores, lessens constipation, maintains flawless skin, and reduces blood sugar.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – can survive under bright or low light. When placed indoors, artificial light for succulents (click here to check this lighting on Amazon) may be needed to keep it fresh and fleshy.

Water – minimal amount of water. A soak and dry watering method can be the best option. Only give water if the soil is completely dry.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is perfect for this plant.

10. Aloe Variegata

Another cute and beautiful low light succulent is the Aloe Variegata. This is a dwarf variety of aloe that produces astonishing tubular flowers.

Another distinctive feature of this plant is its spiral leaves. The best part, it does not need much care and attention. It certainly decorates and boosts the indoor ambiance of the house.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – because aloe is a low light succulent, it does not require abundant light. Indirect low light will do.

Water – depending on the season or climate, this plant needs only a minimal amount of water especially in winter. But during summer, the watering frequency may increase.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is recommended for Aloe Variegata.

11. Aloe Aristata

The Aloe Aristata is one of the most attractive aloes that grows and produces rosettes with white spotted markings. This is one of my all-time favorite low light succulents.

One of the things that I like about this plant is its ability to grow with minimal care. As long as it is free from any disturbance it thrives virtually on its own.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – needs low light or indirect sunlight. It is perfect for an indoor environment.

Water – Aloe Aristata loves the soak and dry watering method. Give water only when the soil is completely dry.

Soil – needs a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) for healthy and sustainable growth.

12. Gasteria Bicolor

The Gasteria Bicolor is one of the succulents for low light that is slow-growing. Probably slower than other succulents. But once it gains growth momentum, it will produce pups that can be split and planted individually.

The distinctive features are its chubby and dark green leaves. The leaves can grow no larger than four inches long and two inches wide.

Gasteria Bicolor is a low light succulent that adds to the beauty in your house. To make the plant look even more beautiful, the best practice is by using a decorative ceramic planter. The pot highlights the color of the plant as well as the indoor ambiance in general.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – indirect or low light is what the Gasteria Bicolor needs. It is one of the perfect succulents for low light. It loves the indoor environments.

Water – low light succulents like Gasteria Bicolor does not need a lot of water to grow. So avoid overwatering. Only give water when the soil is completely dry.

Soil – a well-draining soil is perfect for this type of succulent.

13. Gasteria Batesiana

The Gasteria Batesiana is similar to the G. Bicolor. The only difference is that the Gasteria Batesiana is larger and has rough triangular-shaped leaves.

This low light succulent is one of the popular houseplants. It is easy to care and does not need much attention.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – low light is ideal for this succulent. This is because the Gasteria Batesiana is accustomed to the shade in the wild.

Water – a minimum amount of water is required. However, the frequency and amount of water needed may be dependent on the season. During summer, more water is appropriate for this plant.

Soil – a fast-draining soil mix (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is perfect for this succulent.

14. Sedum morganianum

Sedum morganianum is also known as Donkey’s Tail. Unlike common succulents for low light, this plant is taller and can grow up to three feet tall.

Because it is a tall succulent, I love it in my outdoor garden. If you do the same, just remember that it is a low light succulent. It needs shade to grow healthily.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – although it can survive under both direct and indirect sunlight, it grows better under a shade.

Water – needs the soak and dry watering method.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is the best option for this plant.

15. Flaming Katy or Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

The Flaming Katy is known for its colorful and long-lasting flowers. It is super easy to plant and grow. Much like other low light succulents in this list, the Flaming Katy does not require much attention.

What I personally love about this plant is its ability to thrive virtually on its own. One of the low light succulents that boost the indoor ambiance.

Requirements for healthy growth

Light – can thrive well under indirect sunlight.

Water – needs more water during summer. But make sure to check the soil moisture before watering.

Soil – a fast-draining soil (click here to check this soil on Amazon) is perfect for this low light succulent.

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Robinson

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

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