Have you ever wondered ‘Just what is a Succulent’? If you want to be technical, it’s any plant with thick, fleshy, water storage organs. Because of this, they are particularly adept to surviving arid climates like deserts.
Among this group of hardy plants, is aloe. Yup. That stuff you slather on your skin when you decide to take on that tomato sheen in the summer. Other popular succulents are agave and cacti, which are a sub species of succulent. So how do you get some killer succulents?
Bright light. They love it! You’ll have good luck if you place them in a south facing window and most succulents thrive outside in the summer.
Succulents are hardy, so they can tolerate the cold better. Remember that in the desert, nights can get pretty chilly. Down to the 50s.
Watering your succulents is very important. They should be watered generously but not over watered of under watered. You can tell that you are over watering if the plants are soft and discolored. If you notice that the succulent has stopped growing and begun to shed leaves, this indicates that you may be under watering.
Succulents are also very diverse. They have several different leaf shapes from spikes to paddles, to clumps and little rosettes. Because of this, they offer interest to container gardens, clumped together with other succulents, or simply standing on their own!
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