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Mini Succulents – Buying & Growing Guide

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

If you are gardening indoors and have minimal space, you have no choice but to grow small plants. Thankfully, there are many plants that maintain a small stature even at maturity. Among those options are mini succulents. Mini succulents carry all the same physical features as normal succulents, but they have a naturally smaller overall size.

Types of Mini Succulents

Type  Growing Zones Mature Height Sun Features
Air plants, Tillandsia 10-12 2 to 12 inches Shade to part shade: 2 to 4 hours Long, curling leaves spread in all directions.
Minima plant, Echeveria minima 9-11 2 to 3 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Spiral of thick, blue-green leaves.
Living stone, Lithops 10-11 .5 to 2 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Looks incredibly similar to a small stone or pebble.
Baby jade, Crassula ovata 10-11 12 to 24 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Vibrant, green leaves with small, white flowers.
Houseleek, Sempervivum  3-8 4 to 6 inches Full sun: 6 to 8 hours Circles of green leaves with pointed tips.
Zebra plant, Aphelandra squarrosa 11-12 12 to 24 inches Shade to part shade: 4 hours or less Bold leaves with white stripes.
Flower dust plant, Kalanchoe pumila  9-11 8 to 12 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Muted leaves with bold purple flowers.
Ox tongue plant, Gasteria 9-11 6 to 24 inches Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours Speckled foliage is long and angular.

How to Care for Miniature Succulents

The best approach to take when caring for a mini succulent or nearly any other type of succulent is to give your plants plenty of sunlight. Most succulent species enjoy sunlight and will struggle to grow in low-light situations. There are some exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, succulents prefer ample sunlight. 

Other than sunlight, the main maintenance needs of a succulent revolve around watering. When you water a succulent, make sure that you are watering the soil itself rather than getting the foliage wet. Excessive foliage moisture can easily lead to mold for succulents. 

Likewise, the container in which you grow your succulent should have great drainage. Consider a pot with plenty of holes or a fabric grow bag that allows water to permeate through and escape the soil. If too much soil moisture builds, the outcome can be similar to if you water the leaves by accident. 

The frequency with which you water your succulent matters too. Ideally, you should wait until the soil of your succulent is completely dry. Once it is, you can soak the roots entirely. Then wait for the soil to dry out before you water again. 

Choosing a miniature succulent has a few advantages. The most notable of these is that miniature succulents take up very little space. That means you can situate them in places like small window sills where they can get plenty of light. The small size of mini succulents also makes them a great addition to desks or coffee tables.