A succulent is a plant that stores water in its leaves or stem, which makes sense when you consider the dry, arid locations in which they grow. Perhaps the most well-known variety of succulent is the aloe vera plant, prized for its soothing medicinal properties. Cacti are also members of the succulent family, but lack the plump, often geometrically spaced leaves that appeal to so many.
Succulents come in many different forms, and one of the joys of keeping them is how eye-catching they are when different varieties are planted together. As with our arrangements, all of which are styled and planted in-house, succulents are often set alongside decorative stones, moss, and wood for a naturally-occuring landscape look.
It is hard to pinpoint the exact lifespan of succulents due to just how many different kinds there are, but in the right environment, it is possible for your plants to last for years, even decades!
That being said, it is not unusual for succulents to go dormant for periods of time - and not all succulents go dormant at the same time. Don’t be tempted to give up on your succulents if they don’t appear to be growing - they move slowly by nature, and can judge for themselves when the time is right to make a change. A dormant succulent requires even less attention and watering than a growing one, so don’t worry about causing them damage by leaving them alone.
Despite how they thrive in desert-like conditions, and the water reserves they keep stored in their leaves, succulent plants do need to be watered every once in a while. However, succulents will always prefer too little water to too much of it, as the latter can cause irreparable damage.
Only water your succulent plants when the soil they are planted in appears completely dry. When tending to succulents that have been planted in arrangements without drainage, be especially careful not to overwater, as any excess moisture collecting in the bottom of your planter may cause root rot. Something that can be helpful is carefully familiarizing yourself with the weight of your planter - when it feels lighter the soil is most likely dry, whereas feeling heavier would suggest it is still wet For more control, you may choose to mist your plant instead of using a watering can - but aim directly for the soil, to avoid water staining the leaves.
Placing your plants in bright, sunny spots will also help with evaporating excess water, as well as giving them the sunlight crucial to their growth. You may also want to try watering your plants with rainwater to let them benefit from the low pH level and naturally occurring nitrates.
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