Four Reasons Why We Love Succulents

March 20th, 2018

You have probably seen photos of these funky looking plants on social media or seen them in local décor shops. They are small, fleshy little plants with dashes of color that make them super photogenic. They are called succulents and they are one of the trendiest house plants right now.  

Succulents have a thick, plump outer layer, where they retain water in dry climates. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice or sap. Succulents hold water in their leaves and stems and can thrive until their soil dries out. They are easier to plant, low-maintenance, come in an assortment of shapes and colors, and are great for decorating your home or office.

Easy to manage

When first planting your succulent, you can use a special soil mix for succulents or you can create your own with potting soil and perlite. Continue to feed them a well-balanced fertilizer but only once a year at the beginning of the plant’s growing season. As for light, succulents are happiest in the sun and need about six hours of daylight each day.   

Hardy

If you have a knack of forgetting to water your plants or if you live in an area with hotter temperatures, succulents are the plant for you! Succulents can thrive on minimal water supply even on mist and dew alone! However, you can overwater a succulent, so make sure your plant is properly drained. Your planting container should have a drainage hole, or you can add crushed rock, sand or gravel at the bottom to help with drainage.

Variety in color and style

Succulents come in all shapes and colors – purple, blue, green, orange, light, dark, you name it! Succulents in every shape and can even look like peas (see string of pearls plant). Their wide variety and bold look make succulents an attractive plant to add character to any living space.  

Great for decorating

Succulents are an ornamental plant. They stand out because of their unique shapes and colors. They are a simple way to make your home décor pop.  You can plant them in pots, teacups, tins, mason jars, seashells, wooden boxes and more! You can hang them by macramé or in hanging terrariums. The choice is yours!  

Fossil Creek Nursery has a variety of succulents available to decorate your home. Stop in today to pick up yours and start planting!