10 Best Tabletop Succulents to Grow

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Easy to maintain and quirky to look at, these Best Tabletop Succulents will thrive in any condition while looking at their beautiful best!

Succulents offer the best of both worlds–they are easy to maintain and their compact form makes them easy to place them at tables. If you are looking forward to having an attractive centerpiece, then this list of the Best Tabletop Succulents divided under different genus is exclusively for you!

Check out our article on the best Coffee table plants here

Best Tabletop Succulents

1. Echeveria

Also popular as hens and chicks, its rosette-shaped, fleshy leaves, come in a variety of colors. It also grows a beautiful flower. Their stunning shape makes for a great tabletop plant. Blue Frills, Mexican Snowball, and Ghost Echeveria are some of the best types you can grow.

Tip: It thrives on neglect with low watering and fewer nutrients

2. Gasteria

An aloe-like succulent, gasteria makes for a great houseplant. Gasteria ‘bicolor var. liliputana’, can decorate your table with its deep green, glossy, spotted leaves. You can also grow it in colorful teacups or miniature baby shoes.

Tip: It can withstand little shade and infrequent watering

Check out our article on growing succulents in pots without drainage holes here

3. Kalanchoe

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A thick leaf succulent, the sculpted foliage of Kalanchoes gives them an attractive look.  Kalanchoe blossfeldiana offers clusters of flowers making them a must grow tabletop plants. You can also grow Kalanchoe ‘Fantastic,’ Panda Plant, and Kalanchoe pumila.

Tip: Its a no-fuss plant and does well in low-light areas

4. Aloe

Create a vivid centerpiece by growing compact aloe variety like ‘Aloe Descoingsii.’ It is the smallest of all aloe species. Other compact aloe options are Crosby’s Prolific and Spider Aloe. You can also grow the aloe vera.

Tip: Aloe plants are drought-tolerant and can survive in low light conditions as well

5. Haworthia

Haworthia is quite similar to the aloe vera plant and can be identified by its pearly warts. These tiny succulents are good for warm climates. Go for Haworthia transiens, Haworthia truncata, and Haworthia reticulata.

Tip: Avoid overwatering for optimum growth

Here are some of the best Hawaorthias for small spaces

6. Crassula

Coming in diverse shapes and sizes, Crassula varieties are easy to grow. The most popular pick for your tabletop would be the Jade plant.  You can also go for Crassula marnieriana and Crassula muscosa.

Tip: Like other succulents, Crassula loves to be exposed to bright light

7. Sempervivum

A task free plant with wonderful rosettes, it thrives colorfully on neglect. Some best options for you to grow are Sempervivum tectorum, Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’, and Sempervivum macedonica.

Tip: Expose the plant to bright light once in a while

8. Senecio

These easy to grow and care houseplants look best in hanging baskets but can be a great addition to your desk, trailing down from it! Just keep them at a bright spot and they’ll continue to flourish. Check out our article on the best Senecio varieties here.

Tip: Avoid using rich soil

9. Lithops

Popularly known as pebble plants, lithops earned the name as they look like colorful stones or pebbles. Their compact size and unusual appearance make them the right fit for tabletops. Go for Lithops Hookeri, Lithops Lesliei and Lithops Viridis.

Tip: A very occasional watering will keep them thriving

10. Euphorbia


These tough plants are for people who don’t like to care much about their houseplants. They look exotic and pair really well with other succulents. Euphorbia aggregata, Euphorbia baioensis and Euphorbia bupleurifolia should be your pick.

Tip: Empty the saucer under the pots to prevent roots sitting in water

11. Bonus Plant-The Moon Cactus


Also known as the Red cap cactus, it can be an interesting addition to your workspace. Its bright red top pairs really well with the hairless green lower part. Always looks excellent and stays small.

Tip: It thrives well under a bright light in rich sandy loam soil.

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