If you are looking at starting off with growing succulents then it makes sense for you to become aware of the best plants that you should look at beginning with just to make your life so much easier. After all, you have to understand that growing these plants does require a small amount of specialist knowledge so it does help you out when you are able to choose plants that do most of the hard work for you.
The agave plant is perhaps one of the most famous succulents and it is also one of the best ones for a beginner to grow. This is of course the plant that gives us tequila but generally speaking you will be looking at growing the more compact artichoke variety. If you want to avoid being stabbed with spines then choose the variety, Agave attenuatta.
The cool thing about the aloe plant is that you can actually harvest the gel inside the plant and use it for medicinal purposes and just helping your skin. They do grow rather large but it takes time and they do not require too much care and attention. Wait until the fronds feel fat and juicy before cutting any off.
3. Adromischus cristatus.
This plant is endemic to South Africa and it needs a lot of light and ample air for it to grow. Its leaves are green in color and during the summer it sends up a long tubular flower that tends to be primarily white in color with flashes of red. Make sure it is not left in cold temperatures at any point or it will not survive.
This plant is rather cool to look at and it is certainly one of the more attractive options when it comes to growing succulents. It is shaped like a rosette and it is available in a myriad of colors which is one reason why it is so popular. It is very easy to care for and it is going to be able to cope with even milder summer temperatures so do not worry if you are not living in a desert as that is not so important to this particular plant.
This is another plant that has its origins in South Africa so it gives you an idea of the kind of temperatures it is going to need in order to survive. There are several varieties but one of the most popular is low growing and effectively produces a mat across the container. This particular plant is going to require some very well drained soil as well as next to no water so it really can be left to basically grow on its own without too many problems.
Faucaria actually refers to a genus of succulents of which there are 33 different varieties to choose from. It also comes from South Africa and it is characterized by being a relatively small plant that is often in the region of just 8cm in diameter and it also has rather triangular looking leaves that have what looks very much like teeth along the edges which does make it appear quite scary. You will also discover that the plants start off green in color but can then appear to be purple in strong sunshine. A bright yellow flower can also appear from the plant around August of each year.
Haworthia plants cover a number of varieties and they come from the same basic family grouping as the aloe plant. They are endemic to various parts of southern Africa and in actual fact they are often mistaken for being miniature aloe plants due to their very similar appearance. They form rosette shapes and the length of the leaves can vary from as small as 3cm up to 30cm in length. They tend to be dark green in color and are regarded as being relatively tough. They will ultimately produce small white flowers which tend to be extremely similar between sub-groups although the foliage will differ slightly more.
8. Kalanchoe blossfeldinia.
This plant is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce but that does not detract from the fact that it is quite a popular plant. Their leaves are very distinctive as they do come in various shapes that have often been described as ranging from appearing similar to paddles to fuzzy elephant ears which gives you an indication of how different they can be. They are native to South Africa and Madagascar and they love full sun and require very little care during their lifetime.
Sansaveria covers approximately 70 different species of plants and it includes plants such as Snake Tongue and they are often characterized by having long leaves that generally stay quite erect although there are some sub-species that are more low growing and more akin to what you would often expect from a succulent plant. Some species are particularly popular as houseplants due to the way in which they are very easy to care for and are capable of withstanding various temperatures without being so negatively affected by it.
Finally, we have Sedum and this is also known by some people as Stonecrop. They are very low-growing and this makes them perfect as plants that act as ground cover or even between gaps in walls. Their leaves do vary slightly in color but one of the most popular shades is in a grey and green color that is capable of contrasting quite markedly with virtually every other succulent plant. In addition, they do not require lots of attention and will quietly go about covering the soil all on their own.
Now, we are not saying that these are all of the succulent plants that you can grow as that is certainly not the case. Instead, we have selected these ten either because of their undoubted popularity or perhaps just because we know that they are going to be so easy to grow even for beginners thanks to the way in which they do not require too much care at any point.