I always feel bored when I started to identifying succulent.
Is that what you think?
Sometimes I spend more than half a day looking for their ID, but I still can’t get the answer.
Maybe you like me as a mother who needs to cook and take care of children at home.
Maybe you are a working mom, just have free time during the weekend to play around with your succulent.
If you know the proven ways that will help you to cut off the time. So you can spend more time with your family.
I always mention the importance of identifying succulent in my previous post when planting these cutie and beautiful plants.
Why need to identify succulent plants
Identifying succulents is the important step you need to do once you bring home a bag of succulent. Different succulents have different needs.
Do you know which succulent need partial sunlight but which can tolerate under full sunlight?
Which of your succulents can serviver outdoors during the cold temperature, and which one you need to bring them indoors before the first forest comes.
Once you understand their needs, all this information can help you better care for them.
7 Proven Methods Of Identifying Succulent Plants
#1: Ask The Seller
When you shop online or in the nursery, don’t forget to ask the seller about the ID of the succulent. You can mark it down on your mobile once you get their ID.
I know that sometimes the seller doesn’t know their ID because some succulents look like twins.
If you can’t get the Id, find out the species of the succulents from the seller.
With this information, you can narrow down the scope of identification work.
#2: Garden Forum
Garden forum is one of the tools you can use to identify your succulent.
Just a few simple steps, you can get the answer.
Before that, you need to register an account. Registration is free of charge. After setting up the account, you can upload the photo to the forum.
The answer can be obtained quickly.
When you get your ID card, don’t forget to thank those who helped you and give you feedback.
Here are two websites that can ask for help.
#3: Plant App
We all like mobile phone applications now.
While I have to identify my plant, this is the super-easy way for me to find out the succulent’s ID.
Plant App is the app you must download on your smart mobile. You can easily identify your plant anywhere and anytime. You can even know all the information about your plants, such as their native or caring tips.
The application will show you the answer after a few seconds.
However, a disadvantage of App is that some succulent plants, such as Echeveria, Semprevivum, and Aeonium, are difficult to identify.
These three types of succulents have similarities in terms of their color and shape. Then you might figure out the ID by yourself.
#4 :Plant Websites
As I know, some of the plant bloggers or websites provide this service for helping people to identify the succulent.
One of the websites is www. Drought-smart-plant. Com
Just pay them 1.99 USD. They will provide you with this service.
They will tell you which family your succulent plants come from, as well as your favorite genus and species.
Please send them the quality of your succulent photo. The ideal size of the photo is 800-1000 pixels. Remember one price for one plant.
#5: Ask For Help From FB Group
Join some trustworthy and reliable FB group. Monitor for one or two months before asking for help.
Some groups are to promote products or services.
If you find other people asking questions about how to identify succulent plants, please check the answers given by the FB group.
Some of the FB group’s members can’t provide the answer, it means the members of this group probably are new in growing succulent.
If you find that FB Group is professional, you can upload your photo and ask for help.
Don’t forget to thank those who have responded to you.
Try to interact with your FB team and build a good relationship with them.
Most of them will provide you with valuable information.
#6: Attend The Course
If you have a budget, you can learn from the expert about how to grow succulent courses.
This course will not only teach you how to grow succulent plants but also help you identify succulent plants.
#7: Identify By Yourself
It is interesting to identify your succulent, which is a way to improve your knowledge of succulents.
You can identify them by these simple steps.
As long as you practice this method, when you first meet them in the shop, you will know their ID.
With a little knowledge of the three types of succulent, now you can become a super succulent parent.
Echeveria has rosette-shaped with striking plump and spoon-like leaves.
You can distinguish the leaves by their edges. The edge leaves are sharp but smoother than others.
Semprevivm has obvious characteristics on the leaves, but you can find that leaves are narrower and sharper than others.
Look carefully, the edges of the leaves are covered with sharp little teeth.
Although Aeonium has rosette-shaped leaves, it looks flattest but it has ramets.
She also has spoon-shaped leaves, but it is not as round as Echeveria. She has a range of tiny teeth like Semprevivum but is hardly visible. Besides, you can use some features to determine your success.
There are other features to be aware of here.
- Type of stem-woody, fleshy, slender, or thick?
- Are the leaves look like – what is the shape, what are the margins like (toothed, scalloped, smooth)?
- Does the plant has unique distinguishing characteristics and peculiar.
- Does this plant grow as a single rosette or do many stems grow together?
- Are the leaves attached to their stem – with a petiole or stem?
- Or clasping the stem? Find out the feature as I mentioned, search for more information from Google.
Enter the feature in the Google search like this.
From the result, you know that this succulent plant belongs to Echevivum. From here you can dive deeper into the type of Echevivum and figure out the name of the plant.
You can search with: Echevivum with reddish edges.
Look, there is plenty of the image that came out from google. Find out the ID of your succulent from the image.
The more description you enter, the more accurate your answer will be.
Here you go
These are seven ways to identify your succulent after you take them home.
Select one of the 7 methods.
When you find their ID, don’t forget to carefully check the answer from Google Image.
If you don’t get your ID, find out the answer in another way.
Sometimes, you can’t get the answer, because the succulent you bought can’t show the exact picture.
Look at these two photos.
It took me about a month to find their ID.
Finally, my friend from FB told me the identity of this plant.
But during that time, I killed three pot of this plant because I planted them in the wrong soil.
Identifying your succulent will help you find out how to care for them and provide them with the condition they like.
If you have any good method to identify your succulent, share with me in the command.