Last Updated on October 30, 2022
Do you know plants that are low light succulents? The space in your home might be limited for some extra house plants and you can’t display them where there is sunlight. You probably exhausted the number of windows where there is a shade to put your succulents. Or perhaps there might not be enough sunlight in your area.
Not too worry. We got a solution for you. Some succulents do well in low light and we will be giving you examples of these succulent plants. So read on to find out.
Low Light Succulents
Below are some examples of low light succulents that will do fine in whatever low light conditions they find themselves in:
The Snake Plant
Snake plant, also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the well-known succulents that can handle low light.
This plant can handle the poorest management and it is regarded as indestructible! Snake plants can withstand low light to inconsistent watering, and so on. However, if you want them to keep looking buoyant and cheerful, you should give them adequate care.
Aloe Vera plant is also one famous houseplant. They do well in low light conditions. Their leaves are thick, fleshy, and green to bluish with some spines on their leaves’ edges. Its juicy thick leaves reserves adequate water thus, they can tolerate drought.
Schlumbergera or Holiday Cacti
Schlumbergera also known as a holiday cactus is an epiphyte plant. The succulent cactus of this plant lives in a canopy tree.
The holiday cacti cannot withstand too hot temperature and frost. Therefore, they fall under low light succulents. It is the absence of light that allows them to bloom beautifully. Examples of the holiday cacti include Christmas cacti, Thanksgiving cacti, and Easter cacti.
Rhipsalis is an epiphyte, they grow on other plants and it’s from the cacti family. They are native to the rainforest.
Rhipsalis can be a great addition to your low light succulents. They don’t do well in too hot climate or dry soil as their leaves can burn. It loves a cool or humid environment; therefore a bathroom is an ideal area to place it.
The Sedum Morganianum, Burro’s tail is a type of succulent that will thrive in low light. Their stems are thick which full of water to withstand drought.
Haworthia, Zebra Cactus
Harworthia also known as zebra cactus is another example of low light succulent. However, they can also do well in a warm, bright environment. They mostly grow under bushes therefore they can thrive in partial shade.
One major downside of Haworthia is watering, especially when associated with lower light conditions. Therefore, take care so you don’t over-water.
Gasteria is another great choice for indoor plants that do not require much light. It’s best to keep them away from direct sunlight. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can cause their green color to turn yellow.
Also, they do not need too much watering as their leaves can store adequate water.
Ponytail palm also known as Beaucarnea recurvata are succulents from the Agave family. Even though they require bright light, they can as well flourish in low lights.
Succulent Light Conditions
Nowadays, more people are participating in house gardening and succulents are most of these common houseplants.
This is because succulents plants are easy to manage and they don’t need a lot of supervision. They can store adequate water, they are drought resistant, and don’t require regular watering like every other houseplant. They also have the ability to preserve nutrients in their leaves.
The first image most people have of succulents is desert! But this is mostly not so for all succulents. Some varieties of succulents do well in deserts or dry conditions, while some can as well flourish in non-desert conditions.
Take for example the epiphyte succulents such as the Christmas cactus. Christmas cactus grows on large trees with a big canopy over the Christmas cactus. This canopy usually causes the absence or reduction of light and even with such conditions, they still do well.
Normally, most succulents flourish in vivid light or medium-light at least. Even though they are very adaptive, there are various groups of succulents that may begin to etiolate with lack of sunlight. Etiolate happens when plants extend in search of sunlight. This may cause your succulent body growth to look somehow.
The good news is there are a couple of these succulents that can handle lower light situations as listed above.
Are succulents OK in low light?
Succulents are fine in low light situations, although some species will do better than others.
Succulents such as aloe vera and agaves are quite happy growing in full sun, but they do best with moderate amounts of direct sunlight. A few succulents such as the cacti prefer direct sunlight, but many prefer to grow under trees or shrubs. This is because the plants want to be in the shade, so if you want to grow them near trees or shrubs, you need to make sure there's enough light to keep them happy.
Are there shade loving succulents?
Shade loving succulents are those that do best in partial or complete shade. Most prefer the cool temperatures of afternoon shade and full sun is not a requirement. Many grow in light shade in the home, but are very happy to be out in the garden too. Some prefer the shade of large trees, some are happy with the shade of shrubs and others like the shelter of a rock wall.
Many succulents are naturally adapted to drought tolerant conditions and will only flower when they have enough water. It’s important to keep these plants well watered during the summer months. Some are also hardy in USDA zone 8 and can survive temperatures of up to 45°F. The most popular species are Aloe vera, Sedum and Sempervivum. These are all hardy in USDA zones 8 through 11, and are often used as houseplants or in pots. Sedum is also a popular choice for container gardens. Here’s a list of some popular shade loving succulents that will do well in a variety of locations. Some are easy to grow, others need more attention, but if you give them the right conditions they will reward you with their beauty year after year.
Can succulents survive without sun?
Some succulents do very well in partial shade, but not all. For example, the commonly available 'Jade Plant' (Crassula ovata) will not tolerate shade and is probably best grown with some direct sunlight. Similarly, Cacti do not like full shade, but are happy with some sun. A good place to start looking for your specific plant is on the Succulent Society of America's web site at http://www.succulent.org/.
Can succulents survive in a windowless room?
Succulents are like mini trees, so they will grow just fine in a windowless room (as long as they get enough light to survive), but you can’t mist them. You will need to water them daily. I would not recommend fertilizing them unless you know what you’re doing. They can be easily damaged by over-fertilization.
Can succulents grow under fluorescent lights?
Yes, they can. Fluorescent lights are a great option for people looking to grow plants in their home. They’re also easy to grow and maintain. The only downside is that you can’t leave them on for very long without burning your plants. If you’re growing under florescent lights, make sure to have your plants on a timer so you don’t burn them.
Have in mind that not all succulents can tolerate low light. So be enlightened when you decide on choosing succulents for your home.
With the points we have listed in this guide, we do hope you can make the right decision when it comes to picking low light succulent for your houseplants.