I do have a special liking for plants, totally in love with plush green. As a result, I have lots of indoor plants as well as outdoor plants in my home. But what I don't like is the labour and brain involved with it. So basically, I want lots of plants but don’t want to put in lots of efforts in maintaining them. That is why I particularly use lots of succulents at home because not only they are very good indoor plants for decoration, but they require little care for maintenance.
The problem we all definitely face very often is how to take care of the plants while we travel outdoors. We all know that plants need the right amount of sunlight and water, to be alive and flourishing. Just like us, even plants need fresh air to breathe. The difficult part here is, how and when to provide that? Even when I am skeptical about these certain facts, I still love to add more indoor as well as outdoor plants in my home. So the plants that fit perfectly my criterion are succulents.
Succulent plants are very trendy and ‘in’ these days because, with juicy leaves, stems, or roots, succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy-care choices for your home. Apart from this, when placed in beautiful planters, in little nooks or on centre table, succulent gardens and terrariums can brighten the vibes of any indoor space with good range in colors and design.
Some interesting facts about succulents are:
- All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti.
- Succulents are one of the few special plants – apart from orchids and epiphytic bromeliads – that take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.
- A designer named, Susan McLeary, creates jewelry with the succulents that grows in her family owned greenhouse. These intricate neckpieces, necklaces, rings and bracelets grows as you wear it.
So (finally) here I am, sharing some tips for growing and maintaining succulents indoor
- Indirect Sunlight: Succulents need few hours of sunlight to grow. Succulents like the dry humidity and warm conditions, found in most homes in India. But be very careful not to overdo this part as it may result in untimely killing them if they are over or under exposed to sunlight. So try to keep it on or near a window which gets right amount of sunlight only for few hours. If your succulents aren’t getting enough light they will start to stretch. Colorful Echeverias are especially prone to stretching indoors. If there isn’t anywhere that gets brighter light (or more hours of light), don’t worry! After it gets too stretchy for your taste, just cut off the top and
- Water more but less frequently: Succulents like it dry. So allow the soil to dry out between watering. They are easy to grow with less water because they are evolved with special water-storage tissues that allow them to survive in environments that are too dry for most other plants. Over watering is one way people kill succulents. Succulents like to have their roots soaked with water but then dry out quickly. But if you keep the soil wet every day, they will die from too much water. On the other hand, simply spraying them lightly with water will kill them too. Basically you need to be giving your succulents enough water that the soil gets completely wet. Then, let it dry out completely before you water again. Special note for all those living in a wetter climate, let plants dry out thoroughly between watering (those pillowy leaves hold moisture to use when they’re growing in the dry environment). Haworthias and Gasteraloes are two types of succulents that do especially well indoors.
- Know your colors: There are a lot of colors available in the succulents range. It includes blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black, variegated, and many more. But purple and orange color family are best suited for outdoor spaces. So look out for green succulents in a variety of shapes for indoors. With lots of playing around with different shaped succulents, anyone can build a nice DIY terrarium for the rooms and office space.
- Breathing space: We all need space in our lives for our sanity, just like the succulents. Basically keep the succulents, some distance apart from each other, as to give each one adequate amount of sunlight for growth and survival. The good thing about the succulents is that their leaves may be rounded, needle like, berrylike, ruffled, or spiky, giving it a stunningly beautiful shape, when planted alone or as companions.
- Unglazed Pots: They all prefer a fast-draining potting medium that's not watered too often. Planting succulents in unglazed plants can help them to drain completely and will prevent them from becoming waterlogged. Succulents do not like to be sitting
in soggy soil so a glass jar is not going to make your succulent happy. Thus unglazed pots provide great air flow and allow the soil to dry out easily.
Hopefully you feel better prepared to take care of your succulents indoors now! With these points of information it is easy to keep your succulents growing happily indoors. So go ahead and buy lots of succulents for less maintenance demanding, beautifying green indoor plants for continuous flow of oxygen and positive energy in home.