Last updated on August 25th, 2023 at 12:21 pm
Blue succulents are the new hot trend in plants due to their unique blue color. These types of succulent plants do not require a lot of sunlight or water, so they make for an excellent houseplant that won’t die easily. You can plant these little beauties anywhere you want – on your desk at work, near any windows in your home, or even in the bathroom – and they will do well.
The blue succulents plants are relatively new to the gardening scene, and so there is not a lot of information about them available. It is important to know that they need water every day and do require good drainage; soil should be allowed to dry out before watering. Blue succulents also like bright light, but cannot handle direct sun.
- blue succulents plants are easy to keep alive because they don’t need a lot of light or water
- these little guys can be planted anywhere from work to bathrooms as long as there is some sunlight available
- you should also make sure that the soil you use for these plants has drainage holes that allow the water to run out.
What is a blue succulent?
In the horticulture world, a blue succulent is generally any variegated plant with leaves that have some shade of red-violet. These succulents often have thick stems and plenty of spines to discourage predators from snacking on them. In general, the color can range anywhere from light purple-blue to dark indigo, but the succulents are always speckled in some way with lighter shades of blue or purple.
Blue Succulent Care
The blue succulents care requirements are a little different than your average green plant. They need to be kept in bright light, but not direct sunlight for long periods of time – or else their leaves may burn or turn brown. If they’re being grown as houseplants, the blue plants should also be taken outside during the day and brought back indoors before the sun goes down.
When do blue succulents turn blue?
It depends on the species of succulents in question, but plants typically change colors when they’re exposed to extended periods of low light or complete darkness (i.e., not enough sun).
Blue Succulent Types
There are a few different types of plants that can be considered blue succulents depending on how they’re grown and when their leaves change colors. Some common ones include crassula (the “jade plant”), echeveria, and sedum.
Listed below are the 15 most common blue succulents around here:
Types of blue succulents
Agave potatorum (Butterfly Agave)
This species of agave plant is also called the “Butterfly Agave” because its leaves are arranged in a rosette, and they form an umbrella-like shape when they unfurl. The leaves have serrated edges with sharp points along them that make them look like butterfly wings!
This plant originates from Mexico and Central America, which means these succulent beauties can grow up to 20 feet tall if given adequate space. They love full sun exposure since their colors will come out more vividly. These blue succulents make excellent landscape or container garden decorations as well as indoor houseplants too!
The Butterfly Agave has been used for centuries by Native Americans who live around this plant’s native range; some tribes use the leaves to make baskets, mats, and ropes.
This blue succulent plant is one of the most popular varieties, due to its striking color. Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’ has glossy green leaves with a dark purple-blue tinge that really makes this succulent pop in your outdoor space! This variety can withstand harsh sun exposure and survives well in drought conditions. In colder climates, it makes an excellent springtime addition because it will stay evergreen throughout the winter months!
Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’ plants thrive when planted outdoors year-round or grown just for summer decor on patios or decks. It needs full sunlight and should be watered every other week during hot weather periods (above 85 degrees F). In cooler temperatures, you may water every three to four weeks.
This blue succulent plant is a great addition to your outdoor spaces and will provide beauty year-round!
Agave tequilana (Blue Agave)
These blue succulents agave is the most common variety of the Agave genus. It has long leaves with a silvery-blue hue, which can grow up to five feet tall and wide. The plant blooms white flowers that are shaped into many petals around each other before being pollinated by bats or moths at night time. They bloom in the summertime for two weeks only when they release their yellow pollen during nectar production; sometimes producing over 100 flowers per day!
Blue agaves have an extremely high water content (90%), so they may need to be watered every day, but they don’t require much fertilizer because they get nutrients from decomposing organic matter below ground level.
Sedeveria ‘Blue Borrito’ are blue succulents that have been on the market for a few years. It’s difficult to find in stores and this is likely because it starts out as green, but turns blue over time. This plant does best when watered moderately and grown in filtered light or direct sunniness.
In addition, they can be propagated by division of clumps! The flowers are yellow-orange with brown markings at the margins before they turn into their signature shade of bright blue. When mature, these plants reach about 18 inches tall; however, some people have reported them growing up to four feet tall!
Senecio Mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)
Senecio Mandraliscae, blue chalk sticks are blue succulents that can be found in the Mediterranean region. These plants grow quickly, which makes them an excellent candidate for vertical gardening and container planting.
The blue chalksticks variety does not tolerate frost well, so if you live anywhere outside of its natural habitat (the Mediterranean), then this type isn’t going to work out very well as your only source of succulents indoors.
The other types are more cold tolerant varieties, such as: “Rasta Ice” or “Huckleberry”.
Echeveria ‘Blue Bird’ is a beautiful succulent with blue-gray leaves and pink flowers. They have a rosette pattern and grow to be around 20cm (or about 80mm) high by 40cm wide, depending on the size of the pot it lives in.
Echeverias are one of my favorite plants because they do well indoors or outside under halogen light for at least eight hours per day. It needs medium water daily but can go without watering five days out of seven.
Echeveria ‘Blue Bird’ (20cm x 40cm) requires medium water daily but can go without water for five days out of seven. It’s quite easy to propagate from cuttings as long as they’re not too old: just set them in some soil inside an open container until roots form! The best time for planting these beauties is in the fall or winter when they are at their most dormant.
The leaves have a blue-gray color and pink flowers bloom once per year with no more than three blooms on each stalk; all from mid-April to early June.
Sedum reflexum (Blue Spruce Stonecrop)
Sedum reflexum, also known as Blue Spruce Stonecrop, is a low-growing succulent that in its natural habitat grows to about 12 inches tall. The leaves are gray-green and the flowers are blue.
If given proper care it can become bushier with more branches and look like something from outer space! It’s an easy plant for any level of gardener or someone who just likes pretty things.
Stonecrop is a succulent that has the ability to retain water in its leaves, stems, and roots. The blue spruce variety of stonecrop was originally found near Antelope Creek in Pinal County, Arizona. This plant can grow up to 12 inches tall with small rosettes on each side of the stem.
They thrive in low-light environments such as being planted under trees or next to walls which will create shade for them. In addition, these types of blue succulents should be watered twice a week during the summer months but may require more frequent watering when temperatures are higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside and days become longer.
For best results use well-draining soil without any fertilizers or chemicals sprayed onto plants nearby because these will leach into the soil.
The Aloe ‘Blue Sky’ is a hybrid blue succulents plant that has a lovely blue-green color. The flowers of these succulents are white and it produces small red berries in the winter after blooming. This variety can be grown indoors or out, as long as there is enough sunlight reaching them and they’re watered properly.
What makes these plants such an excellent choice for gardens? Well, their interesting colors make them stand out when planted next to other varieties by adding a bit of flair to your garden. In addition, these plants require very little maintenance which means less time spent outside maintaining your garden which allows you more time to spend with family or friends!
Blue succulents are a beautiful addition to any garden. Aloe ‘Blue Elf’ is one of the most popular blue colored succulent plants available today, and it makes an excellent houseplant as well! This particular plant has thick leaves that have dark green edges with bright white stripes in between. The flowers on this variety are deep red and they grow taller than some other varieties of aloes do when flowering.
Mangave ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a variety of succulents with blue leaves. This plant has an upright, cylindrical shape and can grow up to one foot tall on average. The mangave tooth fairy produces flowers in the fall and winter months which are yellow-greenish in coloration.
This particular variety grows well outdoors or indoors but does not like drafts from open windows so should be placed near a window that will remain closed at all times during cold weather periods. These plants have been known to last for years if given proper care as they need little attention aside from maintaining moderate levels of moisture and indirect light exposure.
The soil must stay moist at all times without drying out entirely which may happen with low levels of light indoors.
To grow this succulent, start by using a potting mix that is well-drained and place it in an area with indirect sunlight which helps keep the soil cool while still receiving plenty of light. After planting, water thoroughly to moisten all areas then allow to dry out before watering again.
This plant will need very little attention aside from this occasional watering schedule for the first few weeks after planting until it becomes established as long as you follow guidelines!
Corpuscularia lehmannii (Ice Plant)
The Ice Plant is the most popular of all the blue succulents. The Latin name for this plant means “bluish ice.” It originated from South Africa and it was given its common name because when you look at the stem, leaves, or flowers under a microscope they show tiny cubes which resemble ice crystals
These plants come in many colors such as pink, purple, and white but their signature light blue hue has made them one of the world’s most well-known types of blue succulents plant.
They grow slowly with small clusters on long stems so they’ll need to be potted separately if not grown inside. When purchasing an Ice Plant, make sure to get some cactus soil mix or regular potting soil.
They like to be watered regularly with the bottom inch of pot being completely soaked and then let them dry out for a few days before refilling it again
These succulents are tolerant enough that they can grow in any type of climate as long as their care is maintained properly.
Pilosocereus azureus (Blue Torch Cactus)
The blue torch cactus (Pilosocereus azureus) is a rare and interesting species of succulents. It can reach up to about 40 feet in height when fully grown, with its branches growing from the base rather than from near the top as seen on most other columnar cacti.
The stem has 12-15 ribs that are tattered at their ends, which gives them an appearance much like stringy hair. This plant produces beautiful white funnel flowers during daylight hours, but it’s mostly known for producing brilliant bluish-purple fruit all throughout the night into early morning light hours!
These plants grow best in warm climates where they’ll be exposed to plenty of direct suns without getting overly hot.
Echeveria ‘Blue Waves’ is a rosette-shaped succulent with light blue leaves. When grown in full sun, the leaf tips are purple and pink, but when given shade they stay green to whitish-green. In winter they produce pale lavender flowers that last for weeks at the end!
This plant is native to Mexico where it grows on open hillsides or among rocks near streams from about sea level up to 5000 ft elevation. It seems not quite as cold tolerant as other Echeverias yet can take some frost down into the twenties F (-12 degrees C).
It needs protection from the hot afternoon sun in the summertime – if this happens, plants will show brown scorch marks on their leaves.
This lovely plant is a good choice for containers and hanging baskets where it can spill down the sides, but also looks great in rock gardens too! It needs well-draining soil to prevent rot. In fact, blue waves will do best with an inch or two of gravel mulch on top of its native soil surface.
We recommend liberal watering when first planted so that plants establish themselves before they get root bound in their pots – this helps them grow more compactly as well.
Be sure to keep Blue Waves out of prolonged direct contact with concrete sidewalks as these may leach minerals that are harmful to plants over time. If you decide you want your Echeveria ‘Blue Waves’ outdoors during the summer months, be sure to set it in a shady spot and provide adequate moisture.
Ferocactus Glaucescens ‘Blue Barrel Cactus’
The Ferocactus Glaucescens ‘Blue Barrel Cactus’ is a popular succulent that comes in many colors. There are blue, pink, and all-white options as well. If you have limited space but want to add some color to your garden or container, these might be perfect for you! These plants can grow up to three feet tall and will need plenty of sun exposure.
Pachyveria ‘Jeweled Crown’ is a small and compact grower from the Canary Islands. The plants are often about one foot tall but can be pruned to stay much shorter. Plants have glossy, dark blue-green leaves with red margins that contrast beautifully against bright white flowers in summer which appear after being dormant over winter.
Pachyveria ‘Jeweled Crown’ prefers full sun and sandy soil that has been well-drained by previous watering or rain events for best results when grown outside of its native range as it is more drought tolerant than other members of this genus.”