Aesthetic plants: Succulents
Succulents are really trendy nowadays because of two main reasons: they are very pleasing to the eyes and nearly indestructible. A succulent is actually a plant that can store huge amounts of water thus contributing to its thick and fleshy appearance. Succulents can store water pretty much anywhere, may it be in their roots, stems, or leaves. 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. As a result, this adaptive mechanism brings about an incredible variety of interesting leaf forms and plant shapes including tight rosettes, paddle leaves, and bushy or tailing columns of teardrop leaves. The cacti group is totally very popular in the succulent family. Familiar plants such as agave and aloe also belong to this family. Succulents are very popular for home dcor. This site gives you tips and tricks to grow healthy succulents in your home.
Succulents prefer bright light so always make sure that it gets a lot of sunlight. The leaves can actually give you a hint if you are putting them in the correct amount of brightness of light. There are a few species that will be scorched if exposed to too much sunlight abruptly. Scorched succulents can be singled out through their bleached stems, white leaves, and very soft tissues. On the other hand, when a succulent starts to stretch leading to an elongated stem and widely spaced leaves, you might want to get this plant under bright light soon. A little bit of pruning will take it back to its former shape and glory.
Contrary to popular belief, succulents are more cold-tolerant. This is because in deserts, they have really cold nights to balance out the scorchingly hot days. So, it is perfectly fine to have it in colder climates too.
In the summer, succulents should be watered generously. The soil should dry down first before going 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.