It’s no surprise that succulents have become some of the most popular houseplants. They’re low-maintenance, affordable, and in-style. With endless combinations of shape, size, texture, and color, they’re fun to collect, too. If you’re planning on modernizing your Nashville home or office with a few potted succulents, take a moment to look through this quick guide to indoor succulent care from the experts at Rose Hill Flowers.
How Succulents Differ from Other Plants
The primary difference between succulents and other plants are their leaves. Succulents have thick, rubbery leaves or spines that are wonderful for storing water. Thanks to these plants’ unusual structures, they’re very well adapted to living in harsh environments that receive little rainfall because they can efficiently store water in their leaves, stems, and roots.
Why Succulents Make Excellent Houseplants
Succulents will help create a calm atmosphere with positive energy that promotes concentration and productivity. They’re also wonderful for cleaning up and refreshing the air. Succulent roots pump air into the soil. When toxins, like VOCs and other harmful chemicals, reach the roots, they convert them into nutrients. All the while, succulents produce oxygen and release it into the indoor environment.
Favorite Succulent Varieties
Graptoveria succulents come in a wide variety of starburst-shaped plants in several different colors. Some grow in warm, blushing pink, others in an almost fluorescent shade of violet, and others in greens and multicolored varieties. These lovely succulents look wonderful in a succulent garden, planted on their own, and even work well as surprising accents in floral arrangements. If you receive a graptoveria in a bouquet, don’t throw it out with the flowers. Plant it, wait for the roots to sprout, and get ready to enjoy it for years to come.
Succulent – Graptoveria
Kalanchoes are some of the happiest-looking succulents around. They have paddle-shaped leaves and bloom with clusters of delicate flowers in shades of orange, red, yellow, white, and pink.
Echeveria succulents have starburst or rosette-like shapes in a variety of colors that include shades of green, pink, red, and even black. They also vary in texture, as some have crinkled leaves like cabbage and others have smooth, flat leaves. Echeveria succulents are some of the most commonly used. You’ll find them in most succulent gardens and greenhouses.
Succulents – Echeveria
How to Grow Healthy Succulents Inside
The trick to cultivating happy succulents indoors is to give them the care they need and otherwise let them be. Succulents practically thrive on neglect because they don’t need to be pruned, and they rarely need water.
In a container that drains easily, pot succulents with low-nutrient soil formulated for cacti and succulents. Place them in a sunny location and rotate the pot periodically to encourage even growth. The most common cause of death for succulents is too much water. Getting a succulent’s watering schedule right is the most important part of caring for indoor succulents. Soak their soil thoroughly and allow the water to drain. Always water the soil, instead of pouring water over the plant. Never let a succulent sit in standing water and wait for the soil to dry completely before watering again.
If succulent leaves begin turning yellow or brown, this is a sign of an unhealthy plant. This happens most frequently due to over-watering but can also indicate a thirsty plant. Check the soil and contact at expert at Rose Hill Flowers for help.