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Top 10 Best Beginner-Friendly Succulents in the Philippines 2021

Looking for a new hobby this quarantine? Then you might want to join the plant craze and get your hands on your very first succulent. Like the strong and independent person that you are, this plant is self-sufficient and can survive in almost any environment. Just water it when it's dry, give it about 6 hours of sunlight, and you're pretty much good to go!


If you're not sure where to start, worry not as we've done the research for you with our trusty buying guide as well as our top 10 recommendations. Also, watch out for the video towards the end of this article for tips on how you can take care of your newly purchased succulent. For our top picks which are best suited for the Philippine weather, scroll down below!

  • Last updated: 01-27-2021
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How to Choose a Beginner-Friendly Succulent – Buying Guide

Ready to get into the hobby of growing succulents? Before you pick up your very first one, read on to know how to select the perfect succulent for you. 

Be Off to a Great Start by Choosing a Healthy Succulent

Be Off to a Great Start by Choosing a Healthy Succulent

To begin with, choosing a healthy succulent means that it has a higher chance of survival, which will motivate you to keep going and grow your collection. When purchasing online, it’s best to ask the seller for pictures before shipment to ensure that you’re getting a healthy plant.


The rule of thumb is that the succulent should be brightly colored and flawless. In particular, choose one with dry soil and plump, firm, and even-colored leaves. These are signs that the succulent is getting just the right amount of water and sunlight.


Conversely, it’s best to avoid one with mushy and yellow leaves, black stems, and wet roots, since these indicate an unhealthy succulent, which makes it difficult to recover the plant. It’s also best to steer clear from a plant with bumps and bugs because these may be signs of infection.

Selecting a More Established Succulent Is Especially Helpful for Beginners

Selecting a More Established Succulent Is Especially Helpful for Beginners

For newbie plant parents, it’s best to start off with a larger and more established succulent since it already has a well-developed root system. This means that it’s easier to maintain and is more tolerant to rookie mistakes such as underwatering and improper sunlight. Thus, look for tightly packed roots, also known as root ball.

Indoors or Outdoors: Consider the Space when Purchasing a Succulent

Indoors or Outdoors: Consider the Space when Purchasing a Succulent

Before you bring home your very first succulent, check the space where you plan to put the plant. Is there enough light, air, and space for the plant to grow in that particular area? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and start searching online!


In general, colorful and tender succulents are better suited indoors while cacti and hardy succulents would thrive more outdoors due to the difference in sunlight exposure requirements. Also, research about the place of origin of the succulent so you can determine if it’s suited for the climate in your place.

Choose the Right Seller by Carefully Doing Your Research

Choose the Right Seller by Carefully Doing Your Research

More often than not, purchasing a succulent from a reputable and experienced seller will ensure that you’ll get a healthy succulent. We also recommend choosing a merchant that’s near your location to lessen the risk of damage during shipment.


Nonetheless, it’s important to read the reviews so that you’ll know if the plant that they’re selling is worth the splurge or not. Also check if the succulent is well-packaged since it can be quite delicate. 


Lastly, since plants from Lazada and Shopee are often uprooted, check if they’re air-dried properly to prevent root rot. On the other hand, if they're already planted in a pot, see if the succulents are planted in the right potting mix and a pot with a drainage hole.

Top 10 Best Beginner-Friendly Succulents to Buy Online

From all-time favorites to unique finds, we've compiled a list of products to satisfy every plantito and plantita out there. But before you scroll down for our top picks, just remember to keep them away from your children and pets so that everyone will be safe and healthy.

1
Scientific NameEchinopsis subdenudata
Plant MaintenancePartial to full sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsOutdoors
Place of OriginBolivia
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationBulacan
2
Scientific NameHoya kerrii
Plant MaintenanceBright and indirect sunlight, water only once or twice a month
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors
Place of OriginSoutheast Asia
Potted or UprootedPotted
Seller's LocationBulacan
3
Scientific NameHaworthiopsis attenuata
Plant MaintenanceBright and indirect sunlight (4-6 hours), water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors
Place of OriginSouth Africa
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationBulacan
4

Prickly Pear Cactus

₱179

Scientific NameOpuntia
Plant MaintenanceFull sunlight (6 hours of direct sunlight), water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsOutdoors
Place of OriginMexico
Potted or UprootedUprooted (pad)
Seller's LocationCavite
5

Sansevieria Moonshine

₱120

Scientific NameSansevieria trifasciata cv. Moonshine
Plant MaintenanceBright and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors
Place of OriginWest Africa
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationCebu
6
Scientific NameCrassula ovata
Plant MaintenanceFull and direct sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors or outdoors
Place of OriginSouth Africa
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationBulacan
7
Scientific NameAloe barbadensis miller
Plant MaintenanceBright and indirect sunlight, deep and infrequent watering
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors or outdoors
Place of OriginArabian peninsula
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationPampanga
8
Scientific NameAgave tequilana
Plant MaintenanceFull sunlight, water when soil is half-dry
Indoors or OutdoorsOutdoors
Place of OriginMexico
Potted or UprootedNot specified
Seller's LocationMetro Manila
9

Rose Cabbage Succulent

₱100

Scientific NameEcheveria
Plant MaintenanceBright and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsOutdoors
Place of OriginMexico and Central America
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationMetro Manila
10

Panda Ears Plant

₱150

Scientific NameKalanchoe tomentosa
Plant MaintenanceMixture of direct and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsIndoors
Place of OriginMadagascar
Potted or UprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationPampanga

Compare the Best Beginner-Friendly Succulents

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Domino Cactus 1

2
Sweetheart Hoya 1

3
Zebra Plant 1

4
Prickly Pear Cactus 1

5
Sansevieria Moonshine 1

6
Jade Plant 1

7
Aloe Vera 1

8
Blue Agave 1

9
Rose Cabbage Succulent 1

10
Panda Ears Plant 1

Name

Domino Cactus

Sweetheart Hoya

Zebra Plant

Prickly Pear Cactus

Sansevieria Moonshine

Jade Plant

Aloe Vera

Blue Agave

Rose Cabbage Succulent

Panda Ears Plant

Features

A Low-Maintenance Succulent for Busy Plant Parents

This Adorable Succulent Will Tug at Your Heartstrings

Add a Dash of Color to Your Space with This Cute and Tiny Succulent

An Edible and Spineless Cactus

Keep the Air Clean While Making Your Space Look Pretty with This One-of-a-Kind Succulent

A Succulent That'll Bring in Wealth and Luck to Your Home or Office

This Beautiful Succulent Will Keep You Healthy Both Inside and Out

The No-Fuss, Versatile Succulent

The Popular Rosette-Shaped Succulent

A Unique Succulent That Looks Better as It Grows

Price₱250₱240₱180₱179₱120₱200₱100₱200₱100₱150
Scientific NameEchinopsis subdenudataHoya kerriiHaworthiopsis attenuata OpuntiaSansevieria trifasciata cv. MoonshineCrassula ovataAloe barbadensis millerAgave tequilanaEcheveriaKalanchoe tomentosa
Plant MaintenancePartial to full sunlight, water only when the soil is dryBright and indirect sunlight, water only once or twice a monthBright and indirect sunlight (4-6 hours), water only when the soil is dryFull sunlight (6 hours of direct sunlight), water only when the soil is dryBright and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dryFull and direct sunlight, water only when the soil is dryBright and indirect sunlight, deep and infrequent watering Full sunlight, water when soil is half-dryBright and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dry Mixture of direct and indirect sunlight, water only when the soil is dry
Indoors or OutdoorsOutdoorsIndoorsIndoorsOutdoorsIndoorsIndoors or outdoorsIndoors or outdoorsOutdoorsOutdoorsIndoors
Place of OriginBoliviaSoutheast AsiaSouth AfricaMexicoWest AfricaSouth AfricaArabian peninsula MexicoMexico and Central AmericaMadagascar
Potted or UprootedUprootedPottedUprootedUprooted (pad)UprootedUprootedUprootedNot specifiedUprootedUprooted
Seller's LocationBulacanBulacanBulacanCaviteCebuBulacanPampangaMetro ManilaMetro ManilaPampanga
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How to Take Care of Your Newly Purchased Succulents

Although you might be excited to “unbox” your new succulents, there are a few precautionary measures to take before you can plant them in their respective pots. With this video made by experienced plant parent Ella from Succulent Hauz, you can get some tips that are especially helpful for beginners. Here’s a quick rundown of the video.


  1. Carefully unravel the succulents from the packaging and inspect the plants thoroughly. If you see root rot or scales, take pictures and send them to the seller so that they’ll be informed about the situation.
  2. If your succulents have bugs, isolate them from the other plants for 2 weeks to prevent infection and infestation.
  3. Don’t expose your succulents to direct sunlight just yet! Instead, set them aside in a bright and shaded area.
  4. Repot them in dry soil only after 12-24 hours to prevent stressing out the succulents.
  5. After 3-5 days, gradually increase the sun exposure per day. Additionally, only water the succulents after 5-10 days so that they’ve properly adjusted to their new environment.

More Items for Plant Parents

More Items for Plant Parents

Tending to a plant may not be as hard as it seems. For more plant recommendations and other plant-related products, check out our articles below!

Summary

Bring a little piece of nature inside your home with a cute succulent. Whether you're a beginner or an expert plant parent, taking care of houseplants can help you take a breather from work or school, or even the pandemic that's going on.


However, even if your little succulent can take care of itself, it's best to check on it every once in a while to see if there are dead foliage and bugs that need to be removed or if it needs more sunlight and water. To all new plantitos and plantitas, welcome to the club and happy planting!


Author: Aprille Jarcia


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