Grow your Halloween décor this autumn.

By Better Homes & Gardens
September 04, 2019
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If you love Halloween decorating just as much as we do, prepare to become absolutely obsessed with our latest favorite way to adorn your home for spooky season: black succulents. These dark-leaved plants will give your house some wonderfully wicked vibes, especially when paired with the bright hues of pumpkins and gourds.

There are a few different kinds of these striking succulents, and one that's been popping up a lot on our Instagram feed is a hens-and-chicks variety fittingly known as 'Black Prince' (Echeveria Black Prince, $9.85 on Amazon). It produces rosettes of thick leaves that are actually a very deep purple, but they appear black. It's a relatively small plant that can grow up to six inches tall and eight inches wide. This variety grows especially well indoors, and would look great on your coffee table or even arranged as a Halloween centerpiece.

'Black Knight' echeveria is equally bewitching. It boasts rosettes of thick, curved, pointed leaves that—with a little imagination—look like monster claws. The new leaves start off bright green, but turn darker as they grow, giving this variety an especially eye-catching two-toned look.

Another dark-leaved succulent in high demand is Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop', which is commonly referred to as Black Rose aeonium. Its stems can grow up to three feet tall, topped with rosettes of paddle-shaped leaves that can get up to eight inches in diameter, and you can find the Aeonium arboreum Black Rose for $12.99 on Amazon. Its fleshy foliage is a very dark—nearly black—purple.

If you do decide to grow a few of these spellbinding selections, keep in mind they are not frost-hardy so should be kept inside in cold weather. See our handy guide on how to care for succulents so they'll last well beyond October 31. To grow them indoors, make sure to place them in a pot that allows for good drainage and fill it with a potting mix made specifically for succulents. (Organic cactus and succulent soil mix, $9.74 on Amazon). Water well when you pot up your new plant, and then only water about once a week if the potting mix feels dry an inch down. Place them near a sunny south- or west-facing window in a room that stays above 65 degrees.

Succulents have been having a moment for a few years now, and it's no surprise as to why. There are so many unique varieties, they're easy to care for, and they can be grown both indoors and outdoors. So give these dark-leaved succulents a try and you'll soon see how spooky cool these plants can be.


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