Succulents are some of the most popular houseplants available. They’re affordable, fun to collect, and super easy to care for! What more could you want from a houseplant? At Bosland’s Flower Shop in Wayne, our florists love growing succulents, because they come in countless varieties and will brighten up an interior space all year long.
How Succulents Differ from Other Kinds of Plants
The primary difference between succulents and other plants are their leaves. Instead of sprouting thin, papery leaves like other plants, succulents grow thick, rubbery leaves or spines. Almost like appendages, succulent leaves expertly store water for the plants, as they tend to live in conditions where water can be scarce. Succulents grow around the world in arid environments and on the bark of trees in humid rainforests.
Why You Should Grow Succulents Inside
The beauty of succulents will help you create a calm, tranquil environment inside your home. They’re also a healthy choice of interior decoration because succulents actively purify the air. Their roots pull toxins, like harmful VOCs, into the soil, where their roots convert the chemicals into nutrients. While filtering the air, they also replenish the oxygen, making sure you can breathe easy and free from indoor air pollution.
Our Favorite Types of Succulents
Succulents grow in seemingly endless varieties, and they’re great to plant on their own, in groups in succulent gardens, and they can even be used as a surprising accent in a floral bouquet, corsage, or boutonniere. Some of our favorite succulents include the following types:
Echeveria succulents look like starbursts of pretty leaves. They come in several varieties that range in colors including a ghostly pale green, dusty sage, vibrant greens, pinks, and even a deep, almost-black red. Their leaves or spines grow in different shapes including round, pointed, tubular, and stick-like.
This variety of succulent also grows in lots of different styles, but they tend to grow tall, which makes crassula succulents a nice addition to a succulent garden. They add height, visual interest, and texture to otherwise low-lying designs.
Succulent – Crassula
Kalanchoes make wonderful gifts for friends and for yourself. They have broad, paddle-like leaves and bloom with clusters of small flowers in vibrant shades of pink, red, yellow, orange, and white. With the right care, kalanchoes will bloom every year starting in the autumn and will continue to flower until spring.
How to Care for Your Succulent Plants
Succulents are some of the most low-maintenance plants you can find. In fact, they tend to thrive on neglect. Pot your succulents in a container that drains easily and place them in a warm, sunny location. They don’t need to be pruned and should only be watered about once a month in the winter and once every week or two in the summer. Be sure the soil dries completely before watering and allow the water to drain completely.
Various SucculentsIf your succulents turn yellow or brown, this is a sign that they’re in distress. Usually, this happens when they receive too much water, but wilting leaves can also indicate thirst. Check your soil and then contact an expert at Bosland’s Flower Shop for advice.