Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
Succulents have been popular for interior and exterior use for years, but a new trend in succulents has arrived. Black succulents for your home can be stunning showpieces and conversation starters.
As the name implies, black succulents are black. Only a few species exist, but they can be grown indoors or outdoors and require little water. Typically, black succulents grow in deserts and tropical areas. Those that grow in deserts can tolerate some frost, while tropical black succulents prefer warmer temperatures. Even if you live in a frost prone area, you can grow either variety indoors and they will thrive if they get some sun.
Black Rose (aeonium arboreum) is a popular black succulent. It resembles a rose or a pine cone, but has deep purple leaves that can become so dark they are almost black.
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Black Rose needs weekly watering during the summer months. It should be watered until the water comes out of the bottom of the pot. In winter, water it less frequently, about once a month. If you plant the succulent outdoors, it requires less watering, but check the soil and if it is dry, water the plant deeply so moisture can reach the roots.
It is also a good idea to fertilise the plant during the spring and summer months. Aphids and other pests can be attracted to Black Rose, so watch for them and use insecticidal soap or spray a mixture of water and neem oil on the plants to get rid of pests.
Chinese Jade (sinocrassula yunnanensis) is another black succulent. It is a small plant, but spreads quickly and can be ideal in a rockery or pot. Each rosette is only about 3.5cm wide, but they grow in clumps and the rosettes die, but are replaced by new rosettes.
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Chinese Jade grows well in full sun or partial shade. It needs a well-drained, composted soil and needs watering when the soil becomes dry. It shouldn't be overwatered, so let the soil become dry before watering again. When you do water it, make sure the water reaches the roots and don't water again until about a week after the soil is dry. If you overwater, it can be subject to root rot. Some Chinese Jades are green in colour, but a deep purple to black variety also exists.
Once you begin to explore the world of succulents, you will become fascinated by the variety of colours and shapes they have. Some are small while others have long stems and can be quite tall. A good way to display succulents is to mix varieties of succulents with other plants and have a cornucopia of colours and shapes.
They can be easy to grow, but avoid overwatering succulents and look for sunny locations both inside and outside the house. Most succulents are drought tolerant, but they don't like heavy frosts. Desert varieties can tolerate a light frost because deserts often have frost in the winter.
Most succulents prefer about six hours of sunlight per day and succulents store water, so shouldn't be overwatered. Once a week in summer will be enough and make sure the soil is well-drained. They can die if the water is not well-drained. Read Your checklist for growing succulents for more information and don't forget Australian succulents can be perfect for your area.