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Aesthetic plants: Succulents

Succulents are really in today because they are not easily damaged andvery beautiful to look at. Technically, a succulent is defined as a plant that has thick, fleshy organs that can store a lot of water for the dry season. Water can be stored in any part of the succulent such as its stem, leaves, or roots. They have this unique feature because they have adapted to arid conditions since they can mostly be found mostly in Africa and the deserts of North America. Fortunately for us, this adaptive mechanism brings about a wide variety of astounding leaf forms such as bushy columns of teardrop leaves, tight rosettes, and paddle leaves. The most common succulents to be found in various areas are cacti. Other examples of succulents are aloe and agave which are also well-known plants. Hence, succulents are really used to decorate the homes. This site gives you tips and tricks to grow healthy succulents in your home.

Succulents really love the sun so make sure that it gets its fair share of bright light. You can actually tell by its leaves whether or not the succulent receives good amount of bright light. There are a few species that will be scorched if exposed to too much sunlight abruptly. If your succulent is displaying brown to white leaves, soft tissues that can be easily destroyed, then it is absolutely scorched. In contrast, widely spaced leaves and an elongated stem indicates that the succulent is not getting enough sunlight as it tends to “reach out” for the sun. Pruning can help restore it to its original shape.

Contrary to popular belief, succulents are more cold-tolerant. Nights in the deserts are usually cold, so succulents are also expected to withstand that along with the blazing heat during daytime. Hence, it should not be a problem if you also experience very cold temperatures.

In the summer, succulents should be watered generously. However, don’t soak up the potting mix, wait for it to dry first before plunging in with another round of water. Cut down the watering rounds when winter hits since the plants go dormant in this time. Overwatering your succulents can actually make them go soft and discolored. When your succulents stop growing and starts to shed its leaves afterward, it is a sign that you didn’t give it enough water.

Succulents should be potted in a fast-draining mixture that is exclusively designed for these plants. If you cannot afford to buy the special potting mix, then just put some inorganic material to your normal one so that the drainage of water and aeration will increase.

If you are thinking of getting hands of these lovely plants to decorate your home without too much hassle, there are plenty of succulent plants for sale or hanging succulents for sale on the internet like the Harddy website. Don’t deal with online shops that are really sketchy.