Succulents are currently the most desirable, on-trend houseplants available. They’re easy to care for, affordable, and succulents are the cutest plants because they’re pretty and adorable to look at. They can be enjoyed at a work desk or throughout the house. If you’re thinking about adding a few succulents to your interior spaces, take a look at this simple guide to caring for indoor succulents from the experts at City Line Florist in Trumbull.
What Makes Succulents Different from Other Plants?
Unlike most plants that have paper-thin leaves, succulents have thick, rubbery leaves or spines that expertly retain water. They usually grow in the desert and dry regions that have little rainfall, but they can also grow from the sides of trees in the rainforest.
It’s simple to propagate succulents in a greenhouse (or other warm environment) from their leaves. Planted in a small plug of soil, a succulent segment will produce a tiny succulent that will eventually grow large.
Benefits of Growing Indoor Succulents
Like other living plants and flowers, succulents help boost mood and focus, increasing productivity. They’re also wonderful for creating a healthy indoor environment. Succulents help filter pollution and harmful toxins, like VOCs, from the air, drawing them toward their roots and converting them into nutrients. They also replenish the oxygen in the air.
Most Popular Succulent Varieties
There’s seemingly endless variety of succulents to choose from. They pretty planted alone or in succulent gardens. Plus, succulents are also great for flower arrangements because they are trendy and last forever. Succulents give an arrangement unexpected texture. Some of the best-selling floral designs include succulents. These bouquets make excellent gifts because once the flowers have served their time and purpose, the recipient still has a succulent which can be replanted and kept, reminding them of a special occasion.
Echeveria is one of the most commonly used succulents. They’re popular in succulent gardens for the compact design and diverse number of colors and varieties. Some echeveria succulents are green, others pink, and some even grow in shades of black. Our echeveria succulents (our favorite type of succulents) come fresh from a California grower.
Succulents – Echeveria
Jade plants are another favorite because they’re long-lasting and lovely. Shaped like miniature trees, jade plants can eventually grow up to about three feet in height. They’re often passed down from generation to generation in a family because they live for so long.
String of Pearls
These beauties look exactly like their name suggests, like string strung with pearls. Perfect for a hanging pot or a planter set atop a pedestal, these odd-looking succulents will grow and drape over the sides.
String of Pearls
How to Care for Indoor Succulents
Never say never, but succulents are great little plant pets because they are just about impossible to kill — even if you don’t have a green thumb. Succulents are relatively easy to care for, and they’re different from most plants because they need little water. According to our growers, the best practice is to water the succulents every other week. Succulents also love sunlight, so it’s best to have them in a window. Pot yours in a well-draining container and make sure it’s never allowed to sit in standing water. Water only when the soil has dried completely.
Leaves can naturally turn yellow or mushy at the bottom of the plant. If this happens, be sure to remove them from the plant so it doesn’t lead to bacterial growth on the plant. Persistent yellow or brown leaves is a sign of distress, and most often indicates over-watering. Check the soil and contact an expert at City Line Florist for help.