9 mini succulents from your desk that will survive your dimly-lit office

Succulents have been all the rage for some time now – they’re cute, they’re compact, and they come in a million different varieties. People have even turned selling succulents into a side hustle.

They’re also an attractive alternative to desk plants since they’re so small. And while most succulents need all the bright light they can get, there are also low-light succulents that can survive – even thrive – without direct sunlight. We rounded an assortment of low-light succulents so you can pick and choose without worrying about light requirements.  (Of course, your succulent will still need some light. “Low light” means areas away from windowsills. But it won’t be able to survive in a room without windows).

What makes succulents and cacti so desirable? One is their alienness. When the Sill opened their East Coast store, their customers – a group not accustomed to seeing succulents and cacti in their own environment every day – made a run on those plants.

And then there’s just the sheer volume of them. “I also think what cacti bring to the table is the wide range of variety,” said Marino. “So you can collect cacti and different varieties of succulents for years to come and probably never run out of new plants to look for.”

How to care for your succulent

We asked Marino for water and light tips for succulents. (The advice for light can be modified if you have one of the low-light succulents below.)

Light: “Cacti and most succulents, they want bright direct light all the time. If you have to bring them a few feet into your space because you can’t put the right by the window, they’ll survive. They’ll tolerate bright indirect [weak, reflected] light, but would prefer bright direct.]

Water: You’ll definitely be watering succulents and cacti much less often than your standard houseplant, Marino said. But you’ll still need to water them.”In spring and summer, which is what we call the growing season, you’re probably looking at watering about once a month, maybe a little more often for some of the smaller, fragile guys that are probably drying out more quickly. But once a month is usually sufficient.”

Here’s your shopping list

Haworthia zebra in 2.5″ pot from The Sill, $20

The Sill

Burro’s Tail from Etsy, $23.95

burro's tail
TheHousePlantNursery / Etsy

Ezra Succulent Trio in 2.5″ post from The Sill, $60

ezra succulents
The Sill

4-inch tall Aloe Vera Plant in 4.75″ pot from Urban Stems, $50

aloe succulent

Dwarf Snake Plant in 4″ pot from Etsy, $11.95

dwarf snake
ThickAndPointy / Etsy

Panda plant in a 2.5″ pot from Etsy, $7.95

panda plant
RhizeBotanicals / Etsy

4-pack of cactus from Home Depot, $22.49

Home Depot

Set of 3 succulents from West Elm, $36

West Elm

Christmas cactus in 4-inch pot from Amazon, $11

christmas cactus
Hirt’s Gardens / Amazon