WHAT'S UP WITH SUCCULENTS?
There are several factors why succulents are popular. The most obvious reason is ‘natural’ charm, as evident in their dominance in social media, their abundance at your local nurseries a What Is A Succulent? In Botany, succulents are plants with thick and fleshy leaves or stem that store water. A plant is considered a succulent because of its water-storing feature and not of who its plant relatives are. Some succulents, such as cacti, keep water in their stems since they have small to no leaves. While others, like agave and aloe, save liquid mostly in their leaves. Their water-holding capabilities enable them to survive even in long periods of drought. Due to this unique characteristic, they are often thought to have originated distinctly from dry regions, like deserts. But the natural habitats of succulents are found all over the world. Some succulents can be located in high alpine areas, rain forests, sea coasts, and dry tropical regions. Six Reasons to Own a Succulent 1. Succulents Are Easy To Maintain These plants require minimal care and can endure neglect. All that succulents need are a sweet sunny spot that would provide at least six hours of good daily sunlight, once a week of watering, and pruning care as required. But while you can forget them for some time, warm chitchats from the owner every so often would be great. If you are new to gardening or have a busy lifestyle, then succulents are the perfect plant for you. 2. Succulents Can Survive Anywhere Apart from being low maintenance, succulents can pretty much grow anywhere. You can plant them in pots, window boxes, wall vases, glass containers, teacups, buckets, and even in worn-out shoes! You can plant them wherever you like, and they will thrive. Just keep in mind that the containers must have holes. And also, remember to give them their necessary sun and water needs. Succulents are great adaptors to their surroundings; they are hard to kill unless one decides to overwater them. 3. Succulents Have High Decorative Value Succulents are modern designers’ favorite. They come in different fascinating shapes, intriguing textures, and gorgeous colors. Their exquisite beauty is one of the reasons why they have captivated the eyes (and hearts) of many. This diverse group of plants creates endless design possibilities and gives a new dimension to any living space. 4. Succulents Are Affordable Planning to decorate your home, but are on a limited budget? Get some succulents! They are dirt cheap. 5. Succulents Are Simple To Propagate One of the fun reasons why succulents are popular is the fact that they are effortless to propagate. New plants are made simply by cutting leaves or branches and planting them in some soil. Two simple steps, cut and plant. The piece that was cut will root eventually and turn into a new plant. Most succulents will take two weeks to a month to grow roots. You must just remember to keep the planted leaves away from the sunlight and water them lightly. You may use a spray bottle to manage the water you put into the pot. 6. All-Year-Round Charm If you are still not convinced of the reasons stated above on why succulents are popular, this last (but definitely not the least) reason could change your mind. Succulents’ beauty knows no season. Yes, you read it right. They are one of the few plants that are not affected by the changes in seasons. Their beauty can be seen throughout the year. While several succulents do not bloom in winter, there are still some, like hoya, that flower during that season. Succulents are indeed great plants to grow because they never grow cold on you, are very flexible, can manage neglect, and are beautiful… all year round! What is there not to love?