Today we’re looking at the succulent group of plants. Succulents come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but are characterised by their fleshy stems and mad skills when it comes to water conservation. They generally originate in countries with hot, dry climates so they’re ideal if you live in a high drought-risk area, or are very bad at remembering to water your indoor plants.

Varities

There are hundreds of varieties of succulent plants to chose from – from the teeny tiny, to the absolutely massive. These plants are as varied as the people who chose to grow them. There are loads of specialist online shops out there so you should have no trouble when it comes to buying the best plant for your taste. We’ve got three here to give you an idea of the varieties out there:

  • Aloe vera is probably the most well known of all the succulents and has some well-documented healing skills – we’ve covered this in a previous post so do check it out.

 

  • Echeveria moranii is a pretty little thing with a spherical shape and a spiralling leaf pattern.

 

  • Crassula multicava has slightly bigger and less juicy leaves and is a more unusual variety.

 

How to Pot Up

First off, take a look at our range of beautiful pots that are just perfect for indoor plants. We’ve got sets of five pots of differing sizes that come in a range of colours. We’d always go for a calming grey pot to offset the brilliant greens of succulents – a perfect combination.

Succulents need good drainage and a sunny, bright position so make sure you pick the right spot in your home for your plant. Water sporadically and make sure to let the soil dry out completely before you water it again – you have to treat these plants mean to keep them keen. You can give them a monthly feed with a specialist fertiliser.

Succulents don’t like…

Succulents do not like cold, wet, soggy soil. They need really free draining soil so make sure you add plenty of course gravel to your soil mix. Most gardeners opt to grow succulents in containers as they don’t particularly like winters in the UK. Outdoor succulents need to be over-wintered in a heated greenhouse, and wrapped in fleece. Remember that these tough little plants just aren’t cut out for long, cold winters.

Interesting Fact

An interesting fact about succulents is their ability to play dead. When you retrieve your over-wintered, fleece-wrapped plant from the green house, you may find that there have been some succulent casualties – these cannot be avoided. Whatever you do, wait three months after giving the plant a big drink of water and you may well find that your ‘dead’ plant comes back to life.

A Word of Caution

Vine Weevils LOVE succulent plants. We will cover the pesky critters in the next post so look out our guide. Vine Weevils absolutely adore fleshy stems and leaves which make succulents their almost very favourite snack. Be warned…