The (Best) Succulent Books

• How To Keep Your Succulents Alive •

These succulent books will teach you how to keep your succulents alive!

There are many ways to learn. I studied this topic during college while teaching elementary age kids about ethnobotany. I learned that there are at least 8 different learning styles. That is, we as humans are designed differently from one another. (This is why some of us struggle in traditional school, yet thrive in hands-on learning environments, for example.) Most of us posses a combination of these styles, but often one might find they gravitate to one more strongly than the others.

To learn more about the different learning styles, scroll past the book recommendations!

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The Gardener's Guide to Succulents: A Handbook of Over 125 Exquisite Varieties of Succulents and Cacti

The Gardener's Guide to Succulents: A Handbook of Over 125 Exquisite Varieties of Succulents and Cacti

The Gardener’s Guide to Succulents is a stunning visual reference identifying over 125 plants from 40 different genera of succulents and cacti. This succulent guide includes information about:

  • What each variety needs and where it thrives
  • Plant characteristics, with ratings on ease of growth and maintenance requirements
  • Ideas for group plantings and illustrated tips on indoor planting
  • Striking identification photos, rich in color and contrast

This succulent encyclopedia is a useful resource for everyone–from cacti beginners looking to decorate their living space to serious gardeners hoping to expand their succulent plantings.

Essential Succulents: The Beginner's Guide

From simple houseplants and drought-friendly landscaping to decorative wreaths and trendy mason jar terrariums, Essential Succulents is the ultimate guide to learning which succulents are best for beginners, along with a basic understanding of how to care for and creatively design with them.

  • 50 easy-to-grow succulents that can grow in a variety of environments, as well as a care guide and arrangement tips for each.
  • 8 easy DIY projects that include step-by-step instructions and are listed in order from easiest to more challenging.
  • Guidance for growing indoor and container succulents , including what they need to thrive—such as the right light, soil, and irrigation.
  • Instructions for creating outdoor succulent gardens that require minimal maintenance and saves money on water.

Succulents: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants

Inspiring, practical and richly photographed, this comprehensive guide offers creative ideas and DIY projects using beautiful low-maintenance, water-wise plants

Succulents are the ultimate easy-care plant: versatile, effortless to grow both indoors and outdoors, and drought tolerant. From Aloe and Agaves, to Senecio and Taciveria, this handbook by leading garden expert Robin Stockwell highlights 200 of the easiest, most useful, and gorgeous plants, and shares advice on care and cultivation. Readers will find inspiration for imaginative and exciting new ways to use succulents in striking garden designs, containers, vertical walls, and indoor arrangements, as well as step-by-step projects, such as living bouquets and terrarium ornaments.

Container Succulents: Creative Ideas for Beginners

Learn how to care for and display individual succulent varieties, or get creative with groupings that combine multiple plants with complementary colors, shapes and sizes.

  • Use the colors and textures of your containers to enhance the tones and textures of the succulents to create stunning visual combinations
  • Repurpose old cans and kitchenware to create interesting and healthy new homes for your succulents
  • Use unconventional and openwork containers (like an antique birdcage) to add a new dimension to a composition
  • Plant succulents in antique urns and pedestals for a touch of the unexpected

Each arrangement includes a “floor plan” showing you how to mix the colors, shapes and textures in ways that are pleasing to the eye and healthy for the plants. A reference guide to over 120 succulent varieties explains the different plants’ characteristics to help you create compatible groupings.

Succulent Obsession: A Complete Guide

With an eye-popping variety of species spanning every color of the rainbow, it’s no wonder why succulents have exploded in popularity in recent years. Now you can grow your favorite plants with ease thanks to Succulent Obsession. This book is filled with all the expert advice you’ll need to identify, care for, and propagate 100 succulents and cacti.

What sets this succulent book apart:

  • Complete plant profiles—Get to know the most easy-to-grow succulents with full-color photos and important details about each one’s light, soil, and watering requirements.
  • Multiple propagation methods—Expand your succulent garden as you learn how to master a variety of propagation techniques, including using cuttings, leaves, offsets, and division.
  • Handy troubleshooting tips—Discover step-by-step guidance to diagnosing and treating common problems to help your succulents grow and thrive.

Succulent Container Gardens: Design Eye-Catching Displays with 350 Easy-Care Plants

Easy-to-follow, expert tips explain soil mixes, overwintering, propagation, and more.

Define your individual style as you effectively combine patterns, colors, textures, and forms. Discover how top designers interpret the dramatic options, in ideas ranging from exquisite plant-and-pot combinations to extraordinary topiaries and bonsai. Expand your repertoire with plump-leaved plants that resemble pebbles, stars, and undersea creatures. Short on space? Create vertical gardens and hanging baskets, and use daisylike rosettes in wall displays.

Each of the more than 300 photographs offers an inspiring idea. A-to-Z descriptions cover 350 of the best succulents, plus companion plants. Whether your goal is a gorgeous potted garden for a sunny windowsill or outdoor living area—or simply making great gifts—this is a comprehensive primer for creating vibrant, living works of art.

A Beginner's Guide to Succulent Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Beautiful & Long-Lasting Succulents

A friendly guide to popular succulents, walking novices through all the basics, like:

  • Choosing your succulents–from Hens and Chicks (Echeveria) to bristly flowering cactus varieties
  • Mixing the right soils for your succulents and preparing the growing environment
  • Easy potting and transplanting techniques
  • Succulent care–including watering, fertilizing and providing the right amount of sun for each variety

This book contains all sorts of helpful tips on what to look for when buying a plant, how to troubleshoot when your succulent shows signs of distress, how to trim the leaves and stems, and how to start new plants from cuttings. Clear diagrams and at-a-glance fact sheets for each variety, as well as inspirational photos of attractively and happily-housed succulents, fill the pages of this book.

Succulents: Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Cactuses and other Succulents

Whether you live in a warm, dry climate and want to grow a whole cactus garden outdoors or you’d like to add one of these alluring species to your indoor windowsill, this book has what you need to pick the perfect plants for you and make them thrive.

With this all-inclusive guide, you’ll get all the information you’ll need on:

  • Color combinations
  • Sizes and shapes
  • Container growing
  • Watering
  • Grooming
  • Propagation 

Includes more than 100 plant profiles with corresponding color photography, with details that will help you succeed in gardening prickly and waxy varieties of all kinds.

Succulents Simplified: Growing, Designing, and Crafting with 100 Easy-Care Varieties

Debra Lee Baldwin, the Queen of Succulents, profiles the 100 top plant picks and includes basic information on how to grow and care for succulents no matter where you live. Step-by-step projects, including a cake-stand centerpiece, special-occasion bouquets, a vertical garden, and a succulent topiary sphere, will inspire you to express your individual style. 

“Ms. Baldwin’s step-by-step projects for crafters as well as numerous container and dish gardens give Succulents Simplified a wider appeal than a straight gardening book. It’s the perfect starter volume for those new to succulents, while satisfying and delighting veterans with the variation and solid growing tips based on the author’s evident joy in succulents and cacti.” — Geri Laufer, New York Journal of Books

“Debra is nothing if not passionate about succulents…In Succulents Simplified (Timber Press) she demystifies these popular low-water beauties.” — James Baggett, editor, Country Gardens Magazine

OK, back to learning styles! Here they are…

(click to learn more about each one!)

Aural or Auditory Learner

If you respond well to spoken instructions, lectures, or music, you are an auditory learner. Auditory learners focus on spoken words and are able to find meanings and patterns that help them better understand the topic they are learning. When they watch a movie, they focus on the script and the spoken words to understand the story. The auditory learning character is characterized by several characteristics.

● You will benefit more from lectures and group discussions.
● You can assign different sounds to learning environments.
● You like to listen and talk.
● You like listening to music while studying.
● You like to ask reasonable questions and are not afraid of answers.
● You can remember what words sound like or how someone said them.
● Reading aloud helps you learn and understand better.
● Different types of music can evoke emotions and memories.
● You have strong oral presentation skills.

Visual Learner

Visual learners have the ability to understand and manipulate large-format images, large-scale models, graphs, and diagrams. A visual learner can “use images intelligently” and identify more with a video about the book they are studying than with a fragment of the same book. Visual people have some of the following characteristics.

● You have a good sense of direction and can read maps.
● You like to doodle and paint.
● You have an excellent memory for seeing things.
● You enjoy watching clips related to the books you study.
● You notice the smallest details.
● You can create a flowchart of your study plan.
● Understand the balance of colors and how they complement each other.
● You can view objects.
● You enjoy playing videos and looking at photos.
● Learning is more flexible as you can pause and return while learning using images and videos.

Verbal or Linguistic Learner

A language learner is good with words; both hearing and speaking them. They write great essays, know how to review books, and don’t mind public speaking. Students who express themselves verbally rarely have problems in school because they don’t bother to read or listen to instructions. The ability to learn verbally is characterized by several characteristics.

● You learn new words easily.
● You speak several languages ​​fluently.
● You enjoy reading and writing.
● You have excellent verbal expression skills.
● Ask questions frequently.
● You enjoy writing your own story or exploring the topic you are dealing with.
● Prefer word problems over mathematical equations.
● You can easily remember quotes and proverbs.
● You can summarize the topic you are dealing with to make it easier to understand.

Logical or Mathematical Learner

A logical/mathematical learner is exceptionally good with numbers and logical thinking. A logical learner easily understands the reason and math behind the information they’ve analyzed and have a gift in studying problems logically to reach the best outcome. They will often create their own theories or patterns based on their observations because they are natural-born thinkers with very strong problem-solving skills.

You may be a logical/mathematical learner if you:

● You like subjects related to technology, physics, chemistry and mathematics.
Organize and classify information.
● You usually write letters and travel plans and always have a plan for the future.
Favor statistical research over journaling or literary analysis.
Prefer organized and focused activities.
● You enjoy creating tables and graphics.
● You can easily find and understand mathematical patterns between different objects.

Physical or Kinesthetic Learner

Physical/kinesthetic learners prefer to use their body to understand, process, and learn information. ​Hands-on education, models, and activities are the best way for a kinesthetic person to learn something.

You may be a physical/kinesthetic learner if:

● You have high energy levels.
● You like to touch things to feel their texture.
● You enjoy spending time outside and touching things.
● You like role-playing games and role-playing games.
They can imitate the actions of others.
● You have good motor memory and can remember something you have seen once.
● You like sports.

Social or Interpersonal Learner

Social learners people persons. They’re the best group participants, team workers, and facilitators. The more involvement with other people, the better they will perform. Engaging in discussions and dialogues, and getting feedback from colleagues and tutors will help a social learner learn about a new topic.

If you’re a social learner, you will be characterized by some of these things.

● You enjoy spending time with your colleagues.
● Study groups and shared activities assist your productivity.
● They speak loudly and are not afraid to ask questions.
● You interpret facial expressions and body language well.
● You often have good ideas.
● You are a good listener and know how to solve problems.
● People like to listen to you.
● You like role-playing games.
● You have no problem making new friends.
● You are a natural leader and can easily help the group achieve betterresults.

Intrapersonal or Solitary Learner

Intrapersonal learners are excellent at self awareness and using their own tools to understand the world. Solitary intelligence focuses on a person’s personal attributes, their strengths, and their weaknesses. They tend to work best when they work alone. They may excel at studying on their own for hours.

You may be a intrapersonal learner if:

● You’re self-motivated and feel better working alone.
● You are very independent.
● You prefer a quiet environment.
● You have excellent self awareness and time-management skills.
● You are good at taking responsibility for your actions.
● You conduct a self-analysis.
● You enjoy writing journals, notes, and personal reflections to improve your skills.
● You can understand your mood and intentions.
● You like personality guides and quizzes.
● You have a detailed to-do list and enjoy setting goals and making plans.

Naturalistic Learner
Naturalistic learners are deeply affected and educated by the natural environment. For nature-based learners, the time spent outdoors is a learning experience because they’re very good at relating to various objects and elements from nature. They relate concepts to natural systems and learn best when surrounded by those systems.
You may be a naturalistic learner if:

● You enjoy school trips and learn best when you study outdoors.
● Collect samples to better understand the academic subject you are studying.
● You can easily categorize and classify information.
● You prefer to study subjects related to nature and the environment.
● They are concerned about recycling and environmentally friendly practices.
● You actively advise other people on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
● They prefer biology, zoology and botany to languages ​​and mathematics.
● You don’t mind getting your hands dirty and prefer hands-on activities.
● You can notice the slightest changes in the environment around you.