A Starters Guide to Succulents and Cacti: Top 10 Species to Grow, from Easy to Challenging
Whether you're an avid gardener or just starting your green journey, succulents and cacti are great additions to any indoor or outdoor space. Known for their beautiful shapes, beautiful colors and low maintenance requirements, these plants are perfect for beginners and experienced gardeners alike. In this blog, we'll explore the top 10 succulent and cactus varieties to grow, in order from easiest to hardest. beginning!


Echeveria is a popular choice for gardeners because of its rosette-like leaves that come in a variety of colors.
These plants are very adaptable, which makes them great for beginners. Provide them with well-drained soil, bright but direct sunlight, and water only when the soil is completely dry.

Eucalyptus (Crassula ovata):
The Eucalyptus is a classic favorite and a symbol of good luck. It has smooth, plump leaves that are very elastic. They thrive in bright light and need minimal watering.
Just be careful not to over-water as they are prone to root rot.

Aloe Vera: Known for its medicinal properties,

Aloe Vera is easy to care for and has many health benefits. This succulent plant likes bright, indirect light and well-drained soil. Since aloe vera is very drought tolerant, allow the soil to dry completely between watering.


Haworthia are small, compact succulents with strikingly textured and patterned leaves. They are good for low light and do not need much watering. This plant is great for those who want to start their collection indoors or in the shade.

Sansevieria (Snake Plant):

Snake plants are known for their clean air and ability to thrive in almost any situation. With its upright leaves and variegated pattern, this plant adds an elegant touch to any space. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering, as snake plants are prone to root rot in very wet conditions.


Euphorbia is a diverse group of succulents, from prickly cactus-like leaves to variegated leaves. They need light and well-drained soil. Although some euphorbias can be difficult to grow, many beginner-friendly species are readily available, such as the thorn tree (Euphorbia milii).


Agave is a sculptural succulent that is an eye-catcher in the garden or in containers. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil.
These are slow growing plants for the avid gardener. Be sure to wear gloves when handling agave, as some species have sharp spines at the tips of their leaves.

Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks): Known for its beautiful rosette,

Sempervivum is a durable succulent resistant to high temperatures. They like bright sunlight and well-drained soil. These plants multiply by forming "chicks" around the main rosette, forming a visually appealing clump.


Ferocactus, commonly known as barrel cacti, are sturdy and resilient. They feature cylindrical shapes with prominent spines. These desert dwellers require plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. It's crucial to avoid over-watering, as they are highly susceptible to root rot.

Lithops (Living Stones):

Lithops are beautiful succulents that follow the face of the rocks and blend in with their surroundings. They like bright light and little water. Keep in mind that Lithops have unique growth patterns and their water needs change from year to year.


Keep in mind that although these plants are generally low maintenance, they still need proper care and attention. Before adding a new plant to your collection, research its specific needs and characteristics.
Start with the easiest variety and work your way up to becoming a confident and successful succulent and cactus gardener. Happy growing =)