Flower Facts

Low-Water Alternatives For Succulents

Drought Tolerant Plant

We all love succulents because they’re so easy to care for and maintain. In fact, we love them so much, we even include them in many of our favorite Bouqs. But succulent after succulent can get a little tiresome when you’re trying to spruce your home up with live (yet easy-to-care-for) foliage even if they’re succulents that flower.

If you’re suffering from succulent fatigue but don’t have the greenest of green thumbs, here are a few drought-tolerant plant suggestions for adding variety to your resilient houseplant collection.

Air Plants

If you’re looking for something really low maintenance, air plants are the very definition of minimal effort. These guys don’t even need dirt! While they certainly come with a similar aesthetic to succulents, their lack of soil allows them to be used in interesting ways–think hanging terrariums, glass containers, or in empty shells. As far as care is concerned, all you need to do is give these loose plants a spritz with a spray bottle a few times a week.


You know bromeliads even if you can’t remember their name. Characterized by their spiky red or yellow flowers—they look like something prehistoric and delightfully strange. Safe to say, they’re a step up from your average succulent.

Bromeliads bring a tropical touch to any space, and they’re super resilient. You might recognize them from your local zoo’s rainforest exhibit. This unusual plant grows much like an air plant, latching on to trees or other structures. As a houseplant, these guys thrive in shallow dishes. Your best bet is to add some gravel to a shallow saucer and keep the roots moist, mimicking a humid environment.

Red Aglaonema

The red aglaonema–also known as the Chinese evergreen–features beautiful glossy leaves: green with streaks, stripes and spots, with grays and silvers, and a pink or red flush all over.

The red aglaonema is super stylish and incredibly easy to find. The plants are sold in grocery stores, as well as nurseries and the plant department at Home Depot. These plants are known for being a cinch to keep alive, so even a garden-newbie can handle ‘em.

Rubber Fig

Rubber plants come equipped with leaves you can’t help but squeeze. Beyond their unique and delightful texture, rubber plants are pretty low maintenance. They need a little pruning here and there to get rid of dead or dying leaves, but beyond that, there’s not much else you need to do to keep your plant in good condition.

Perfect for frequent travelers or forgetful folks, rubber plants prefer indirect sunlight and infrequent watering. As a point of reference, these drought tolerant plants only need a drink once or twice a month. Water them too much, and their leaves will turn a yellowy brown.

Christmas Cactus

A cactus with very low-key spikes and red and pink blooms, the Christmas cactus is one of our favorite drought tolerant plants and a great way to add some color to your succulent collection. The plants propagate in the fall, and come spring, they burst with color.

Better yet, the cactus is super low maintenance and will happily sit indoors, neglected.  If you’d like, the plant can be moved outside in the summer, just remember to keep it in the shade.


Pothos is a climbing vine plant that soaks up toxins like formaldehyde lurking in your home. The low maintenance plant doesn’t need to be watered often, preferring the soil to dry out between drinks.

This house plant can grow over eight feet long, so just give it a little haircut if the length is too much. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos works well in a range of temperatures, making it a good choice for “brown thumbs” in any climate.


Aloe is a succulent, but it comes in many varieties that, let’s face it, look pretty darn cute poking out of a pot. Aloes range in size from a few inches to a few feet, so that a large plant can provide a big-time impact with minimal maintenance.

One of the best succulents out there, aloe is pretty basic when it comes to providing care.  The medicinal plant prefers moderate temperatures around 70 degrees (like most of us) and enjoys the sun. Water sparingly and place in your sunniest space.

And if You Want More Succulents?

Well, you’re in luck. We’ve got a collection of Bouqs that feature potted succulents as accents. With a couple of succulents in your arrangement, you never have to toss out a whole collection of cut flowers, After your Bouq runs its course, simply plant the remaining succulents alongside a bromeliad, a red aglaonema, or a Christmas cactus for a lively arrangement that will last for years to come.

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