Succulents- Tiny, Cute & Colourful Plants!

Different types of Succulents

Brighten up your home with these adorable, tiny, low maintenance plants 

  • Purify Air
  • Maintain humidity
  • Require low maintenance
  • Can be kept almost anywhere
  • Do not attract pests
  • Increase productivity
  • Make excellent gifts

What are Succulents?

Derived from the Latin word sucus which means juiceor sap, these are tiny drought-resistant plants that store water. They are considered popular houseplants because they have unique, beautiful, attractive foliage and do not require much care.


Characteristics

  • Characterized by spiky, needle-shaped or rosette-shaped leaves with beautiful colors.
  • Typically have thick leaves, stems or roots, used to store water.
  • Common in geographic locations that experience high temperature with little rainfall.
  • Propagate very easily from fallen leaves.

Benefits of succulents

Brighten up home in any climate

  • Can easily survive in room temperature environments.
  • Due to their hardiness, they have ability to grow in a wide variety of climates.
  • Add beauty to living space any time of the year.
  • Also produce flowers and bloom in season, thereby splashing the canvas of home with colour.

Purify the air

  • Can remove many VOCs from air.
  • Have ability to absorb carbon dioxide even during night.

Improve the humidity of home

  • Can help in improvement of common health conditions such as sore throat, common cold, dry cough etc

Can be kept almost anywhere

  • They can be placed in small pots and kept on table tops, terrace, balcony, bedrooms or can be used for decoration in dining or living areas.

Do not attract pests

  • They are not prone to pest attacks as most pests are not attracted to succulent plants.

Increase productivity

  • Known to improve our mood and concentration.
  • Having succulents and cacti in your home or office will also make your day productive, peaceful and rewarding.

Make excellent gifts

  • Their tiny, thick and colorful foliage arranged in unique patterns gives them a very cute appearance and hence they are perfect to be gifted to nears and dears as a token of love and gratitude.

Require low maintenance

  • Since they have fleshy leaves and stems to store water, they can survive long periods, with little or no moisture.
  • They require less frequent watering, about once in one or two months in winters and twice a month in summers.
Succulents

Succulents Care Conditions

Light

Thrive best in full sun to partial shade. Prefer bright, indirect sunlight and require 4 to 6 hours of exposure to sunlight to look their best.

Temperature

Temperatures ranging from 12ºC to 25ºC are ideal.

Soil

Grow well in well-drained, gritty or sandy soil.

Water

  • Overwatering is the most common cause of their death.
  • Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again (Check using moisture meter or by sticking your finger 2 inches deep).
  • Never let them sit in water to prevent root rot and fungal diseases.
  • Water them once in 2 to 3 weeks in more humid areas and once in a week in dry conditions.

Fertilizers

Feed with a diluted fertilizer once in a month during active growing season (spring and early autumn).

Repotting

Transplant when needed (depending upon growth), preferably in the early spring, just before the growing season begins. Do not water the plant one week before and after repotting.

Pruning

Take out dead or damaged leaves and branches during early spring i.e. before active growing season. Prune flowering varieties during winters or soon after blooming.

Cleaning

Clean leaves gently with a soft, thin brush. Do not use water for cleaning leaves as it can lead to formation of white spots due to calcium deposits.
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