Information on Succulent Plants

Succulent Plants

The succulent plants are also known as fat plants or simple succulents. Technically, they are water-retaining plants that are adapted to arid conditions. Succulents store water in their leaves, roots and/or stems.

How to identify them

You can identify these plants in following ways.

a) See if it has thick leaves or stem where it might be storing water. 
b) Feel the flat part of its leaves and if they are smooth and soft, its a succulent. 
c) See if it looks like cacti or Aloe Vera(two common succulents).

Succulent plants care

Here are some tips to take better care of your succulents.


Succulents do not like being in colder temperatures. Protect these plants from frost and snow, which will kill them.


Succulents need a lot of sunlight. They prefer indirect light to the direct, so provide them with bright, filtered, indirect light by either keeping them indoors and near the window or if you grow them outdoors, grow them under the shade of trees, just like in the wild.


You can not over-water your these plants. Watering them twice or thrice in a month would be alright.


Too much fertilizer can be worse than none at all. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer at about ½ to ¼ the recommended rate. Succulents perform equally well without any fertilizing if light, water and temperature conditions are good for them. Using organic fertilizer is always an ideal choice when compared to synthetic ones.

A Few Common Succulents

Here is a list of a few common succulent plants:

Aloe Vera 
Jade Plant 
Ponytail Palm 
Bitter Aloe 
Miniature Pine Trees 
Medicine Aloe 
Maltese Cross 
All cactus species 
Air plant 
Molded Wax Aloe 
Mother of Pearl Plant

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