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Are Succulents Really Impossible to Kill?

Collection of various succulent plants in different pots.

Succulents have gained immense popularity in the world of houseplants, often touted as foolproof plants that require minimal care and attention. With their thick, fleshy leaves and reputation for drought tolerance, succulents have become synonymous with resilience. 

But are they truly impossible to kill, or is it just a clever marketing myth? While succulents may be highly adaptable, improper care can certainly lead to a dead plant.

While it is true that succulents possess certain traits that enable them to withstand conditions that might wilt another houseplant, labeling them as invincible is entirely misleading. Like all plants, succulents all have specific needs and requirements. Without meeting their needs, they can’t survive. 

Succulents belong to a diverse plant family comprising numerous species. They may be more forgiving in certain aspects compared to other indoor plants, but not every succulent is created equal. It’s still important to understand their care requirements.

Live Snake Plant

This is a great starter plant that's truly difficult to kill.

Succulents are native to deserts or semi-deserts. They have adapted to survive in environments with limited water availability. Most store water in their leaves, stems, or roots, allowing them to withstand periods of drought. However, this doesn’t mean they can thrive on complete neglect.

Several factors can impact the health and longevity of succulents. Some of these include adequate sunlight, proper watering practices, well-draining soil, and appropriate temperatures. Finding the right balance for your succulent’s needs is crucial.

While unique succulent varieties may have different preferences, most of them like a lot of light. They also tend to prefer well-draining soil, so you can fully hydrate them on watering day but they won’t sit in moisture and rot. Succulents also do best in temperatures between 60°F to 80°F.

There is variance among the succulent species. Some species are naturally more resilient and forgiving, making them suitable for beginners, while other succulents can be extremely temperamental. 

Altman Plants, Echeveria Succulents Live Plants

If you're looking for a beginner-friendly succulent, an Echeveria is a great choice.

Succulent varieties like the Echeveria, Snake Plant, String of Pearls, and Haworthia are great options for beginners. While these plants do still require proper care, they tend to do well for more novice plant parents since they’re not super sensitive.

If you’re up for a challenge and looking for a succulent that’s a tad more difficult, you can consider the Compton Carousels and Silver Prince. These are beautiful varieties but also more puzzling to care for.

Always remember that succulents can be more tolerant of challenging conditions, but they are not impervious to neglect or bad care. Labeling them as “impossible to kill” is a myth that can lead to disappointment and frustration.

By understanding the unique needs of your succulents, you can increase their chances of flourishing and enjoy their beauty for years to come.

Abbey Ryan Abbey Ryan
Abbey Ryan is a storyteller, preferably of stories in written form. Across the 5 years of her professional writing career, her work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Amazon, The Medical News Today, and more. When she's not writing (which is rare), she's likely traveling, painting, or on the hunt for a good snack. Read Full Bio »
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