Succulents are one of the most popular choices of houseplants because they’re not only beautiful but also really easy to care for. Succulents fare well in a variety of containers and potted arrangements, and they can complement just about any style of home decor. At Al’s Florist & Gifts, we love succulents because they thrive with little attention in Hollywood, Florida’s warm, sunny weather.
How Do Succulents Differ from Other Plants?
While other types of plants grow thin, delicate leaves, the leaves of succulents are thick and rubbery. Succulents grow these types of leaves for efficient water storage in the locations where they grow naturally. Succulents sprout up all over the world in both deserts, where they grow in the sand, and rainforests, where they grow from the sides of trees. Thanks to their unique leaves, succulents tolerate drought remarkably well and also have an alluring, unusual appeal.
The Benefits of Growing Succulents
Apart from adding a bit of natural beauty to your surroundings, succulents also create a calm, tranquil atmosphere indoors. In addition, succulents can help regulate the humidity inside a home by drawing moisture from the air. They also eliminate toxins, like VOCs, by drawing them toward their roots and converting them into nutrients. Like other green plants, succulents also help replenish the oxygen inside your home, as they breathe.
Our Favorite Types of Succulents
Succulents grow in an almost endless number of varieties, which means there are plenty of shape, color, and texture options when it comes to selecting plants to grow on their own or in succulent gardens. Succulents also make wonderfully unexpected additions to bouquets of fresh flowers.
Echeveria succulents grow in starburst-like shapes in multiple shades of green, pink, and purple. Their leaves feature a variety of shapes and textures ranging from rounded to pointy and smooth to crinkly. Different varieties of echeveria plants always complement each other in an artfully arranged succulent garden.
Succulents – Echeveria
Crassula succulents come in various colors, shapes, and sizes, but they all tend to grow in tall columns. This makes them the perfect choice for adding height to a garden of lower-growing succulents.
Succulent – Crassula
This popular succulent can be used to soothe burns and other ailments, but it’s also lovely just to admire. Aloe succulents, with their spiky leaf segments, grow in a diverse variety of sizes and patterns in various shades of green.
How to Keep Succulents Healthy
Be sure to provide them with a container and soil that drains easily and a sunny location. Once that’s taken care of, the best way to grow healthy succulents is to leave them alone most of the time. Succulents rarely need pruning, and they only like to be watered once their soil has been allowed to dry out completely. In the summer, succulents might need to be watered weekly. In the winter, less often.
If your succulent’s leaves are turning brown or yellow, this indicates an unhappy plant. Succulents usually suffer due to receiving too much or too little moisture. If your succulent looks worse for the wear, inspect its soil and adjust moisture accordingly.
For more advice on selecting and caring for succulents, we welcome you to contact the experts at Al’s Florist & Gifts.