Succulents have become one of the most popular choices of houseplants out there. Not only are they currently in style, but they’re also super low-maintenance and lovely to look at. Our florists at Billy Heroman’s in Baton Rouge love succulents because they brighten up the short days while looking beautiful all year long.
How Are Succulents Different from Other Plants?
The primary difference between succulents and other plants is that succulents can store water very efficiently. This is why they don’t have the typical papery, thin leaves of other plants, but instead, sprout thick leaves with a rubber-like skin. Succulents grow all around the world and are most commonly found in arid environments like the desert and growing from the bark of trees in humid rainforests.
Why We Recommend Growing Succulents Inside
There are lots of reasons why succulents make the perfect houseplants. Firstly, they’re easy to care for. They’re also inexpensive to collect, and there are plenty of varieties, making them great for decoration. They add a touch of green to any space, which will help create a calm, relaxing environment and generate positive energy. Succulents also add fresh oxygen to the air inside your home, while filtering out the toxins, like VOCs. Succulent roots draw these harmful substances into the soil and transform them into nutrients.
Our Favorite Succulent Varieties
It seems like there are a nearly infinite number of succulents to choose from, which is one of the reasons they’re so much fun to collect. A few of our favorites include the following:
Aloe plants are one of the most popular varieties of succulents thanks to their many medicinal uses. We love aloe plants for their vibrant green hues, interesting color patterns, and various textures. There are plenty of different aloes to choose from, and we encourage you to plant more than one in a planter.
These succulents sprout differently shaped leaves (depending on the variety) in starburst-like silhouettes. Their leaves can be pointed, round, stick-like, or tubular, and they come in a variety of colors including a range of greens, pinks, purples, and even green with red-tipped leaves.
Succulent – Echeveria
Whiskey Barrel Succulents
Outdoors, sedums are typically used as ground cover because they tend to sprawl and grow more quickly than other succulents. There are a variety of different sedums including ones that grow in little rosettes, bunches like spruce boughs, and some that grow tall. In indoor succulent gardens, we love to use sedums to add color and fill out a design.
How to Choose and Grow Thriving Succulents
Succulents are very easy plants to care for. They don’t require much watering and generally thrive on neglect. Giving a succulent too much water and attention will actually kill the plant.
Pot them in a container that drains easily and provide them with enough light. Windowsills, tabletops, or dressers make perfect succulent perches. Make sure the top inch or so of soil is completely dry before watering. Generally, succulents need to be watered about once a month, maybe as often as twice a month during the summer. Gently wipe the leaves or spines off with a damp cloth or dry paintbrush when they get dusty.
If a succulent’s leaves begin to turn yellow or brown, it’s a sign that the plant is in distress. Typically, succulents suffer from over-watering, but they can also struggle when they don’t receive enough to drink. Check your plant’s soil to determine the cause or contact an expert at Billy Heroman’s.