Succulents are very popular among plant enthusiasts thanks to their sheer endless variety of species, their ease of care and their stunning looks.
But there are some secrets about succulents that hardly anyone talks about. So, if you’re a fan of them and think you know everything when it comes to those cute fellas, check our list with eight best kept secrets you’ve probably never heard of:
1. Don’t opt for Fifty Shades of Grey when it comes to succulents
Although many think that just about any species is a perfect fit for just about any place, grey-hued ones are the least recommended for growing indoors. The greener they are, the greater their chance of survival.
2. The pot is more important than you think
An excess of water and sunlight can hinder the healthy growth of succulents. Plastic pots are not the most recommended, plus a good drainage system is essential for these plants that need less water than others. Also be sure to not to opt for a too small pot as healthy roots need plenty room to grow.
3. Don’t feel stupid for not knowing all species
Contrary to popular belief, the term “succulent” is a general description of the type of plant only, not a family or genus. There are literally thousands of species from different groups. Stems, leaves and roots vary greatly among the types of these little plants.
4. They can be very fragile
If you know this species, you know that its chubby leaves tend to fall with ease. Keeping them alive requires very little water, mild temperatures, partial sunshine and good drainage.
5. Succulents like ménage à trois
No, not what you might think now 😊 Fact is, our brain pays more attention to plants that come in odd numbers than to those in even. But you don’t necessarily need to mismatch the species in order to break the symmetry. You can do so by simply using pots of different widths, heights and shapes grouped together.
6. Instead of buying new plants, swap them!
Take good care of your succulent and if you want a new look for your home, simply swap them with friends. New pots will give your home a new look without breaking the bank. You can even go as far as starting a plant club with other plant addicts.
7. The pencil cactus is a great succulent to start with
Add a twisty and asymmetrical detail to your home with a pencil cactus, a type of succulent that looks like a bush and grows upwards. Their care is very simple – a good drainage system, sandy soil and a place near a sunny window. Watering is needed every two or three weeks in summer and once a month in winter.
8. Leave the string-of-pearls to the experts
These succulents are the hardest to grow. Of course, it’s a beautiful plant, but be prepared that every time you change the pot, give too much or too little water it is likely that your home will be full of small balls scattered on the floor. And their charming looks are history when their stems are bare.