Succulents is the term used to describe the abilities of certain plants to retain water. The word succulent comes from the Latin succas which means sap or juice. Succulents are generally grown indoors and are considered ornamental plants in that they can bloom in a host of vibrant colors. Expressing their versatility, however, succulents also do well outdoors under favorable conditions.
When you throw in ease of maintenance with their striking formations, textures and any number of lovely, blooming flowers, one can see why these plants garner considerable visual interest and bring a natural beauty to any garden indoors or out.
The ever popular succulent is only growing in popularity. With literally thousands of types from which to choose, we want to highlight seven succulents that anyone can grow that will add a unique beauty to your indoor décor. In that they appreciate a lot of sunshine, succulents make for attractive window sill gardens.
In addition, succulents make wonderful rock garden additions and offer varying bloom times to create a constant color flow.
So Many Kinds
Textured, smooth, stubby, and spikey are but a few of the words used to describe this remarkable little plant's look. Rubbery, with thick and semi-glossy leaves also describe succulents. In that there are so many varieties and come in all forms (thousands), we at Organic Daily Post want to introduce you to seven of these unique beauties to give you an idea of what they are all about. You can take it from there.
With succulents you can create your own little unique boutique. They can also be quite striking in a terrarium.
First up is a very popular little plant seen growing in homes and gardens. Most people have seen succulents whether they recognized them as such.
1. Jade Plant
Crassula ovata is the botanical name for the jade plant. A native of South Africa, this common household plant is also known by its nicknames that include, money plant, lucky plant and money tree plant.
Jade plants have always been around but saw a rise in popularity during the 70's when having a Jade plant was a cool thing to have growing in your home. That hasn't changed over these many years. Low maintenance requirements coupled with delicate pink and white flowers make the jade plant still one of the most popular succulents among indoor plants.
2. Snake Plant
Also known as the Mother-in-law Tongue or Snakes plant. These botanical beauties (sansevireria trifasciata) are striking in their appearance and considered one of the heartiest of plants. The snake plant is beautiful to look at and a natural survivor that can withstand drought, reduced sunlight and cooler temperatures.
Its stiff leaves grow vertically forming a stand. They are green in color and generally sport a yellow side-stripe. Virtually indestructible, these plants are drought tolerant. Perfect for the novice grower in that they are very forgiving should their watering be neglected for an extended period.
3. Yucca Plant
The Yucca is a flowering succulent and found naturally in the deserts of the United States and Mexico. Their tough, sword like leaves stand tall and can be quite long with very sharp tips.
The shorter versions look as though a fireworks explosion was captured at its peak, sans the colors. Domestically, yuccas are easy to grow and are suitable for nearly any climate as they are quite adaptable to their given environment. Yuccas can be grown in the ground or containers. They come in tall and short versions.
4. Stonecrop Succulents
These lovely, flowering succulents prefer the dryer areas of a garden.
One of the easiest of succulents to grow due to their low maintenance and cultural requirements, all stonecrop plants are rosette in form and most produce a flower up above its base foliage. Typical, are the thick semi-glossy leavers.
The agave plant comes in a variety of shapes, colors and forms and is perfect for an arid garden. One of the most popular of all succulents, the agave is also one of the most beautiful.
Some of the more attractive agaves include the Montana which is also cold resistant. Other beauties include the smaller Victoriae Reginae. With its multi-shapes in addition to its beautiful colors, the agave is a wonderful succulent to grow.
Known as the “Crown Jewels” of the rosette-forming succulents, this popular little plant comes in enough colors to rival jelly beans. With their varied textures and shapes you will have no problem finding a colorful echeveria to suit your taste and style.
Some of the favored types of this brand of succulent include the rose-colored Afterglow, the Black Prince with its deep purple hues and the succulent with the frilly edges known as Blue curls.
7. Medicine Plant
Practically a household staple in the world of succulents, the medicine plant has earned its reputation in the home and garden as a natural healer of wounds and burns.
Known mostly by its common name, Aloe Vera, this plant is not only nice to look at but the healing properties of its 'juice' are legendary.
One of the many benefits of having succulents around the house or out in the garden is their aesthetic beauty. Their flowers can be quite striking and come in a rainbow of colors. They make great plants for beginners who sometimes forget to water as they are more drought resistant than many other type of plants but can suffer from root rot if over watered.
Succulents have a shallow root system and don't sit well in wet soil. Make sure your growing medium is well-draining. As for nutrients, fertilize once a month with a water soluble plant food like Miracle Gro. One teaspoon per gallon of water is all you'll need. When the soil has dried out (at least 2 “ deep) water thoroughly. Better under-watered than over-watered though. Remember, it isn't a cactus so it does require watering. A little pea gravel on top of the soil will help with drainage.
So that's it. So go out to your favorite plant nursery and grab a variety of succulents. You'll enjoy their low maintenance requirements and their natural beauty.
Tidbit: All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. Confused? Think of it like, all Poodles are dogs...but not all dogs are poodles.