Succulents are valued primarily because of their easy-care and robust nature. But did you know that there are also succulents with flowers? We introduce you to the most beautiful flowering succulents in various colors.
Succulents can be found in almost every household and are probably one of the most popular indoor plants of all. No wonder, after all, the survivors are considered extremely resilient and easy to care for, which is why they are also well-suited for beginners. But despite their great popularity, only a fraction of the succulent species are known.
When we hear the word “succulents”, we often think of only classics like the money tree (Crassula ovata) or the aloe vera (aloe). There are numerous other species that are perfect as houseplant. Particularly flowering succulents are an asset to every household, because they combine an easy-care species with an extremely decorative flower. In the following, we will tell you which succulents with flowers are suitable for the house or garden and what you need to consider when caring for them.
- 1 Flowering Succulents Species
- 2 Hardy Succulents that Bloom
- 3 Flowering Succulents: Should You Cut Off the Dead Blooms?
- 4 Caring for Flowering Succulents
- 5 How to Make Succulents Bloom?
- 6 What to do after succulent flowers?
- 7 Do succulents die after blooming?
Flowering Succulents Species
Succulents in bloom quickly attract everyone's attention and enrich every apartment. The following five flowering succulents are particularly beautiful indoor plants:
When talking about flowering succulents, don't forget the Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana). Especially the bright red flowers of the succulent transform the houseplant into a real eye-catcher. If you prefer something more subtle, you will find other Kalanchoe species such as the Madagascar bell (Kalanchoe miniata) or the Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe tubiflora) also succulents with pink, white or yellow flowers.
The Lipstick Echeveria (Echeveria agavoides) is one of the best-known succulents because it is considered to be extremely robust and durable. In fact, few people know that the echeveria is also a succulent that flowers. From March to June, small flowers, which are often pink to yellowish-orange-red, can appear on flower stalks up to three centimeters long.
The desert rose (Adenium obesum) is still one of the real gem when it comes to flowering succulents. Especially its caudex, which can often take on bizarre shapes, makes the plant an eye-catcher. The succulent plant only reaches its full beauty when it blooms – the strikingly beautiful pink flowers of the succulent plant are actually reminiscent of wild roses. In addition to the common simple pink flowers, the desert rose also shines in pure white, intense red or dark purple.
Crown of Thorns
The Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) is a popular houseplant that is admired by many people. Its red, pink or white bracts in particular ensure that the plant is considered particularly decorative. The actual bloom of the succulent is admittedly somewhat inconspicuous with the small yellowish flowers – in combination with the opulent bracts, however, the blooming succulent is particularly beautiful.
Admittedly, Marble Buttons (Conophytum calculus) is an unusual sight with its round, gray or light green body. But once the extraordinary succulent plant blooms, no one can escape its sight. The single, orange-yellow flower of the plant only opens at night and has a pleasant aroma reminiscent of carnations – a unique spectacle.
Hardy Succulents that Bloom
Flowering succulents are not only an asset in the home – these five plants prove that flowering succulents can be hardy and therefore also suitable for the garden:
If you are looking for a succulent with yellow flowers, you are at the right place with the goldmoss stonecrop (Sedum acre). From June to July the plant enchants with an abundance of small, bright yellow flowers. In a fully sunny, dry location, the flowering succulent shows its best side and is also considered extremely hardy, which is why it is often used for rock gardens.
The Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa) deserves its name because the flowering succulent is hardy and can therefore be planted in the garden without any problems. From June onwards, the plant shows its flower stems, which can reach a height of two meters and which have great white bell blossoms in midsummer. Unfortunately, the succulent plant often only presents its white flowers two to three years after planting – it is worth the wait, however, because there is hardly a succulent that blooms more beautifully.
Midday flowers (Delosperma) are a real feast for the eyes with their colorful flowers. Unfortunately, many species are not winter-proof and therefore not suitable for the garden. Fortunately, if you don't want to do without the succulent flower, you can fall back on some hardy varieties. For example, the ‘Gold Nugget' or the ‘Fire Spinner', which enchants with their orange-pink flowers, have proven themselves.
Houseleek (Sempervivum) is one of the classics of succulents and can be found in many gardens. With its particularly persistent nature and its decorative leaf rosettes, it is one of the most resistant, but also most decorative plants in the garden. But only a few know that the succulent plant also blooms.
The mountain houseleek (Sempervivum montanum) is particularly impressive with its striking red flowers. The large-flowered houseleek (Sempervivum grandiflorum) is also very popular as a succulent with yellow or white flowers. The dolomite houseleek (Sempervivum dolomiticum) , on the other hand, is extremely undemanding, but still has exciting red flowers.
From June to August, the White Stonecrop (Sedum album) attracts everyone's attention with its flowers. The white bloom of the succulent not only attracts people's looks like magic – even bees and butterflies are attracted by the blooming succulent. The white sedum plant is not only decorative – it is also extremely robust and hardy.
Flowering Succulents: Should You Cut Off the Dead Blooms?
Once the succulent has withered, many gardeners wonder whether to cut off the dead blooms. This question is not easy to answer: Basically, the dead blooms cannot be removed from the succulent plant immediately, as it slowly deprives the withered plant part of all the nutrients and substances that it can reuse.
As soon as the flower stalk dries up and becomes brittle, the flowers often fall off on their own or can be carefully cut off with a knife. However, as it fades, the risk that the flower will begin to rot increases – if this happens or if you don't like the withered parts of the plant, you can remove them with a sharp, clean knife without damaging the plant.
Caring for Flowering Succulents
For a succulent plant to bloom, above all it needs ideal conditions and good care. Fortunately, this is not particularly time-consuming if you follow a few basic rules. So the right substrate is essential for succulents because it forms the basis for their growth. Succulents have special requirements: The substrate should be loose and have good drainage properties, as succulents in bloom are also sensitive to waterlogging. In addition, the soil should be adapted to the nutrient requirements of the plants. These requirements are optimally met by special cactus and succulent soils – such as Superfly Bonsai Succulent & Cactus Soil Mix.
If the right substrate is selected, the succulents actually need little attention despite their flowering: in a bright place without high humidity, the plants almost thrive on their own. The flowering succulents only need to be watered when their substrate is completely dry. During the growing season, the succulent can be supported with a little cactus and succulent fertilizer every three weeks, depending on the species.
The only peculiarity that distinguishes flowering succulents from those without flowering is the hibernation. While many succulents continue to grow undeterred even without separate wintering, flowering succulent species often appear to be blooming in the living room after a winter. Therefore, succulents that bloom should be relocated to a bright room with 12 to 15°C from November to February. During this time, the plants do not need additional fertilizer and also have to be watered less often. After their resting phase, the succulents often appear to be blooming more again.
How to Make Succulents Bloom?
The floral connoisseurs cause headaches when they rigorously keep the longed-for blooms under lock and key. You can find out here how to get succulents to flower.
Lowering the Temperature Encourages Blooming in Succulents
Cacti and other succulent species rely on a cold stimulus to create their buds. While this process takes place naturally on hardy succulents, you can help a little with your indoor plants with the following strategy:
- Relocate succulent houseplants from heated rooms from November to February
- Place in a bright to sunny location with temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius
- Alternatively, lower the nighttime temperatures by around 5 degrees in living rooms in winter
- Water only enough so that the root ball does not dry out
- Do not fertilize from October / November to February / March
With the combination of a cooler location and modified care, you get flowering succulents in the mood for another blooming season. It is also an advantage if cacti, thick-leaf plants and other succulents can spend the summer in the fresh air on the sunny balcony. After 8 days of acclimatization in the partially shaded location, direct sunlight promotes flowering.
Winter-blooming succulents, such as the wonderful poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), stop growing in spring. In order for the magical blooms to unfold again in the coming Advent, place the popular houseplant in a cool location at 15 to 17 degrees Celsius for 4 to 6 weeks. Then pot the succulent blooms in fresh soil and place them in a sunny windowsill at 20 to 24 degrees.
What to do after succulent flowers?
This is a very common question among new fans of succulents.
Once you have enjoyed the spectacle that succulents bloom provides and the flowers begin to wilt and the stems to dry out, unless you are thinking of saving their seeds for propagation next year, you can easily cut the stem and leave let the strength of the plant go to its leaves.
Cut the stems as close to their base as possible without damaging the leaves of the plant. If you accidentally cut or damage one of the leaves, that mark will remain on the plant forever.
Use a clean, disinfected scissors or knife to avoid possible infections.
Do succulents die after blooming?
If your succulent plant died shortly after blooming, you may have a monocarpic succulent!
A monocarpic succulent only blooms once in its lifetime and then dies. Some species of Agave and Sempervivum are monocarpic plants. Not all species of these genera are monocarpic, as in the case of Agave. Some of the agave are and some are not. We can also find monocarpic succulent species in Aeonium, Kalanchoe, Crassula and Echeveria.
Monocarpic succulents can take years before flowering, however, when it does bloom, it is the energy and resources expended from the plant to produce fruit and seeds that causes death and not the flower itself. In reality, this phenomenon is a common reproductive strategy of some species, including non-succulent plants.
Century plants (agave) and yuccas flower after 8-10 to 20-60 years or more and then die.
The good news is that monocarpic succulents leave offsets in the ground when they die, ensuring that you won't be left without your favorite plant when it dies.
Monocarpic succulents may live longer. Once you see the flower appear, how much care you give to the original plant is up to you. Some prefer to replant the children and continue the life cycle of the original plant. Others prefer to leave the children next to the mother plant, until it dries completely, so that they can continue to take advantage of all its energy.