Succulents are a great way option when starting your indoor garden, however, as with any other plant, you have to get to know them first if you want it to thrive. One common misconception about succulents is that they need direct sunlight all the time, but they they thrive best in shade that’s only hit by sunlight in specific hours of the day. 

We’ve listed five common varieties you can easily find in many gardening stores in the Philippines, as well as a few tips on how to get them to grow and eventually propagate:

Rose Succulents

Echiveria succulents are some of the most common fleshy greens you can find in the market. These plants are characterized by a rosette appearance, with tips that can range from white to red. 

Hawortia Succulents

This succulents are awesome for anyone trying to get into gardening. The “fairy washboard” is a common beginner’s succulent, as it’s pretty easy to grow and manage as long as you don’t overwater it, and you place it on a window sill that gets ample sunlight.

Million Hearts

This succulent is great if you have a nice balcony in your condo, or a hanging pot that gets enough sunlight. Million Hearts has tiny heart-shaped leaves and endemically grows in the Philippines where humidity is often high.

Agave

Agave also known as “century plant.”  is probably one of the hardiest succulents out there. It has long leaves that end in spikes, and is pretty much a common household outdoor garden plant—it grows in almost any kind of soil as long as it has good drainage, and doesn’t need much tending.

Jade Plant

The jade plant has small, round, fleshy leaves, and are known as “lucky” plants as it is said to bring good fortune to its owner.

Jade plants love the outdoors, but if you’re planning to add it to your indoor garden, make sure that it’s placed by a window where the sun hits for most of the day.

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