Succulents as Houseplants

Succulents as Houseplants

Owen Williams, Writer

Succulents are arguably the easiest to care for and one of the most beautiful houseplants out there. The majority of succulents need bright, indirect light at least 6 hours per day (depending on species), and if the succulent is getting too much light, rotate them so that both sides get enough light. When 1.25-2 inches of soil in the succulents pot is dry, water it and don’t water it again until it is dry again. Make sure the pot you are using has very good drainage. You should use commercially available succulent/cacti soil to provide your plant with the right nutrients. Fertilize your succulent 1-2x per year. There are many different types of succulents with different benefits. Snake plants, for example, are one of the few succulents that need low light. Another unique thing about it is that it can live in both tropical and desert environments. Another example is jade plants. Jade plants are known in some cultures to be passed on from generation to generation and they are also very easy to care for. They store water in their thick leaves, so they can survive a lot longer than most succulents without water. The only downside to jade plants is that they are one of the largest succulents and they can quickly outgrow the pot you originally put them in and even the place you put them in. The final example is Aloe Vera plants. The gel they produce from their large, narrow leaves can be used as medicine for mosquito bites making them a most interesting plant. They are also very beautiful. Succulents are plants, so they won’t be as interesting as say a pet, but they make great decorations for your house and they are some of the most versatile houseplants out there.