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Easy Succulents Anybody Can Grow (Part I)

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Spring is the season for growing, but not all of us are able to make the magic happen in the gardening department – which, as you know, is half the reason why succulents were invented.

The other half is for tequila, but that’s another story.

So, what kind of succulent (or cactus) should you grow? There are many, many options, but we’ve done the research to find you the top 10 you can try so you have something to brag about when the neighbors get too chatty about their award-winning roses.

Jade

Jade plants and trees are beautiful, hardy and affordable – even a free start from a friend is likely to grow when you add a dash of potting soil and a sprinkle of water.

They need very little water and can even survive on low sunlight, which makes them ideal for the inattentive grower.

Agave

It’s a succulent nearly as strong as the wicked brew it yields, which makes it a popular pick for gardeners with a passion for potent flora.

Of course, one agave plant does not tequila make and it won’t start a margarita storm in your living room, but they are beautiful and come in many varieties.

Peruvian Apple

Perhaps the most recognizable succulent, the Peruvian apple looks like the miniature version of every cactus you’ve ever seen on TV.

You can grow them outside in temperature climes and they’ll get as big as the ones on TV (up to 30 feet!), or you can keep them in a pot or decorative planter in your house and they’ll stay small. Like magic!

Golden Sedum

This is the go-to succulent for anyone who wants something in a color other than green or blue. Its yellow hue is very distinct, and thankfully doesn’t require difficult upkeep to enjoy.

Sedum grows and spreads quickly with little encouragement when there’s plenty of sun and will even thrive if shade creeps in, so you don’t have to worry about it too much once you’ve got it going.

Ponytail Palms

These so-called “palms” are definitely more plant than tree and are often sold for a buck or less in garden stores, with most of that cost going toward the disposable pot.

The upshot is that they’re as tough as they are cheap. Good luck trying to kill these things. They’ll see the stars burn out before giving up in the hands of an itinerant gardener.

We’ll be back tomorrow with the riveting conclusion to our list of best, cheapest succulents (and/or cacti).

These "Carry About" decorative planters from Global Views are easy to move if you decide your succulents aren''t getting enough sun. 

Display a trio of cacti varieties with this metal decorative planter from ORE International

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