Succulents are easy to get a hold of, cute, and very colorful, not to mention they survive in many conditions. If you like the sound of this, then succulents may be a great addition to your home. Drought resistant and in fashion, succulents not only help to keep the air clean, but they maximize the oxygen levels in your home, increase your mood, and can make a dull space look exciting. They also serve as interesting art pieces in their own right.
Succulents can vary in color and size. Some of them are no bigger than the size of a coin, while others will overgrow the containers. There are endless ways to grow and diversify your collection of succulents. You may be surprised at how hardy and durable succulents can be. If you look after them properly, they will survive for many years.
The name succulent is a classification of any plant that holds water for extended periods of time in the leaves, roots or the stem. This can include a wide range of plants, such as cacti and aloe, alongside many more. Combining them can give you endless variations and looks for any living space. The most important thing is to learn about which ones can work the best way for your house – besides that, have fun in picking different variations of plants. Not all of them are created equally, however. You need to take into account the level of light and water, as well as restrictions on space.
Easily one of the most recognizable succulents, aloe makes a fantastic focal point to any collection. They are also very useful as a remedy for kitchen burns, sunburns, and other wounds. The plant itself is also very hardy and does well in moderate light, allowing it to thrive in bedrooms or dimmer areas of the home.
Easily one of the most popular types of colorful succulents, echeveria are very durable. They thrive indoors with the proper conditions. It is a thick-leaved plant that grows in cluster formations and can be used as the focal point in arranging succulents. They also come in a wide range of sizes and colors, so you can pick different variations and make beautiful little displays.
Panda plants grow thick green leaves and are covered with a hairy fur and copper-colored spots, making it look almost unapproachable to touch. This succulent thrives indoors but enjoys the heat of the sun. It is also an excellent option for those learning to look after plants, as it can survive in less than ideal circumstances.
The Dwarf Jade also goes by the name ‘Elephant Bush.’ This plant looks somewhat similar to a tree and can be used in a variety of circumstances. The dwarf Jade can grow as tall as 12 feet or can be maintained to stay smaller. If it is well looked after, it can be a fantastic addition. It does best in well-lit areas of the home.
Crown Of Thorns
Flowers are not typically associated with succulents. In fact, many prize succulents solely for their deep green coloration. However, if you like succulents that are also able to bloom, flowering cacti might be a good option for your home. The spines are a concern if you have small children, but keeping them out of reach keeps them from harm’s way. Crown of Thorns is a beautiful specimen, but note that all parts are toxic. In well-lit spaces, this plant will bloom the whole year round, providing a vibrant color during the grey tones of winter. Another option in the cactus group is prickly pear – these even produce fruit that is edible!
Looking After Your Succulent Collection
Every succulent has different needs, depending on the species. There are however some commonalities between succulents that you can apply with any breed.
Making sure not to overwater your succulents is essential, as they have a high capacity to hold moisture anyway. Check to see if your soil has dried out completely before you attempt to water them again. The need for water can also be determined by how thick the leaves are for some varieties. If you notice the leaves plumping after being watered, watch for this plumpness to diminish. Most succulents can bare under watering much, much better than overwatering.
The majority of succulent plants thrive in sunlight. Put them near windows and bright areas. If you live somewhere where there is not a lot of light, buy yourself a grow light. Be careful with moving your succulents outside into bright light. Sun scald is to succulents what sunburn is to our skin. Keep them in a shaded area. This shaded light will be much better than a sudden introduction to full sunlight.
Fertilize your succulents regularly, as this can help them to grow better and have the proper nutrients. Fertilizers give your succulents more fullness and color and help them to last longer. You can use a fertilizer specialized for succulents – if this is unavailable, dilute the fertilizer to half strength. Repeat this every couple of months, except for winter, when the plants are usually inactive.
Now that you have an idea of the properties and types of succulents, you can begin to expand your collection. By a few plants and see the wonders they if your environment and happy to express yourself.