Types of Small Succulents

Tiny succulents are really adorable, which is the reason why people love them. Small succulents do not require a lot of attention and are easy to maintain. They come in all sorts of colours, shapes, and sizes that’s why they are used for indoor decoration.

Most of the succulents stay small throughout their lives. Still, you can further limit their growth by using a smaller container, which will prevent the roots from spreading. This article will help you know more about small succulents and their demands, so it is easier for you to choose and care for them.

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Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila), Image by Jason Goh from Pixabay

Most Popular Species of Small Succulents

  • Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila)
  • Zebra Plant (Haworthia)
  • Echeveria Minima.
  • Living Stones (Lithops)
  • Sedum’ Little Missy’
  • Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata)
  • Sempervivum

Categorization of Small Succulents

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Zebra plant (Haworthia), Photo by Kara Eads on Unsplash

We can categorize small succulents based on these 4 criteria:

  • Height
  • Width
  • Water
  • Sunlight

Bear in mind that this is not a scientifically backed categorization. We have only created them for the sake of this article, so it’s easier for you to choose and care for your succulents based on their requirements.

SucculentHeightWidthWaterSunlight
Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila)12 inches1-2 feetSoak and dry6 hours
Zebra Plant (Haworthia)5-8 inches6-8 inchesSoak and dry4-6 hours
Echeveria Minima3-5 inches4 inchesSoak and dry6 hours
Living Stones (Lithops)2 inches1-3 inchesWater in a small amount6 hours
Sedum ‘Little Missy’2 inches6 inches to several feetSoak and dry4 hours
Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata)3-5 feet2 feetWater when top 2 inches are dry to touch4 hours
Sempervivum2-4 inches6-12 inchesSoak and dry 4 hours

Height

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Echeveria Minima, Photo by Wander Fleur on Unsplash

Usually, the height of small succulent lies between a few inches up to 5 feet. It is essential to consider the height of the succulent if you want to keep it indoors. If you have very little space, you should buy succulents that grow under 6 inches in height. But if you have enough space, you should buy succulents that grow beyond 6 inches.

Based on height, small succulents can be classified into two categories.

Small Succulents under 6 inches

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Living Stones (Lithops), Image by Александр Деревяшкин from Pixabay

Succulents that fall under this category are:

  1. Echeveria Minima: They usually grow 3-5 inches tall, but sometimes they grow up to 12 inches.
  2. Living Stones (Lithops): They can grow up to 1-2 inches in height.
  3. Sedum ‘Little Missy’: They can grow 2-6 inches in height.
  4. Sempervivum: These succulents can usually grow 2-6 inches in height.
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Sedum ‘Little Missy’, Photo from Flickr

Small Succulents over 6 inches

Succulents that include in this category are:

  1. Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila): This succulent can grow up to 8-12 inches in length.
  2. Zebra Plant (Haworthia): The zebra plant can reach a height of 5-8 inches.
  3. Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata): Baby jade succulent is usually around 12 inches but can grow up to feet maximum. 
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Crassula Ovata, Image by sandid from Pixabay

Width

Just like height, it is also important to consider the width of the succulent. Small succulents might not grow tall but can grow up to many feet in width. If you have limited space, you should buy succulents that don’t grow too wide. Based on the width, we can divide succulents into two types.

Small Succulents under 1 foot of width

  1. Zebra Plant (Haworthia): The zebra plant can grow up to 6-8 inches in width.
  2. Echeveria Minima: This succulent can grow 4 inches in width.
  3. Living Stones (Lithops): Living stones can grow 1-3 inches wide.
  4. Sempervivum: They usually grow 6-12 inches wide but sometimes even grow beyond it.

Small Succulents wider than 1 foot

  1. Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila): It can grow up to 1-2 feet wide.
  2. Sedum’ Little Missy’: It can grow from 6 inches to several feet wide depending on its type.
  3. Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata): Baby jade can grow 2-3 feet wide. 

Watering

Only a succulent owner knows how technical watering a succulent can be. Overwatering might kill your succulent. The most common way to water small succulents is the soak and dry method. In this method, you have to soak your succulent entirely in water and wait for the soil to dry completely before watering the succulent again. 

However, the soak and dry method may not be the most ideal one depending on the type of small succulent that you have. For some small succulents, frequent watering in a small amount is more favourable. 

Thus there are two categories of small succulents based on the watering method.

Soak and dry method

Small succulents that lie under this category are:

  1. Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila)
  2. Zebra Plant (Haworthia)
  3. Zebra Plant (Haworthia)
  4. Sedum’ Little Missy’
  5. Sempervivum

Frequent watering in a small amount

  1. Living Stones (Lithops): Only give enough water to maintain the firm appearance of the succulent. Just water until the top 1.5 inches of the soil is moistened.
  2. Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata): The baby jade succulent should be watered in such an amount that the top 2 inches of the soil are dry to touch.  

Sunlight

Usually, succulents need 4-6 hours of sunlight to keep them healthy. They like being in sunny locations. If you want to keep your succulents small, it is vital to provide them with enough sunlight. If succulents don’t get enough sunlight, they start stretching out to reach for it, taking more space than they otherwise would. Based on sunlight requirements, small succulents can be divided into two categories.

Small Succulents that require 4 hours of sunlight

The following succulents require 4 hours of sunlight:

  1. Sedum’ Little Missy’
  2. Baby Jade (Crassula Ovata)
  3. Sempervivum
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Sempervivum, Image by Johanna Schendel from Pixabay

Small Succulents that require more than 4 hours of sunlight

  1. Flower Dust Plant (Kalanchoe Pumila)
  2. Zebra Plant (Haworthia)
  3. Echeveria Minima
  4. Living Stones (Lithops)

Conclusion

Although small succulents do not have any scientific classification, it’s possible to classify them based on their different needs and requirements. In this article, we tried doing the same. Knowing these different categories won’t just help you choose the right small succulent for yourself but will also improve your understanding of how to care for the ones you already have.

Featured image by Ylanite Koppens from Pixabay

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