So, you’ve purchased an expensive house plant and within a few months guess what…you let it die a miserable sorry death because you forgot to water it. Oops!
If there’s anything we love to accessorize a room with, it’s a house plant. However, many people lack a green thumb or the time needed to take care of their plants. I recommend succulents to those who don’t have time in their busy life schedule to take care of typical house plants.
Why Succulents? Not only are they super hip right now, they are plants that are thick and fleshy, usually to retain water in dry climates or dry soil conditions. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap (yes, I’ve Googled it).
Many succulents come from dry areas such as deserts. High temperatures and low rainfall force these type of plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods. They are the ‘camels’ of the plant world.
Ideally, you want to keep your plant in a room that is around 25C, water is recommended once soil is completely dry, I water mine once a month with a watering can and there is no need to spray the plant with water. Remember it’s a desert plant! Easy peasy.
Another reason I love succulent plants is because they are more elegant than a cacti variety, which I personally find less appealing, not to mention unsafe if you have pets or children! I have a horrible childhood memory of my cousin stepping on his fathers cactus on the balcony and his mother plucking those darn needles out of his foot, while he screamed for dear life. Eek!
Here is a general guide to succulent varieties I found on Pinterest:
Decorating your home with succulent plants is easy and fun. You can visit Pinterest to get ideas or you can buy them ready from specialty floral stores, supermarkets and garden centres. For specific varieties of succulent visit your local garden centre, I went to my local Home Depot and bought several for $8 each. Bargain!!!! I like to do my own to keep the cost down and creativity up! As a Decorator, I would group my plants with books and a vase.
Here are a few examples of succulent plants in my home:
Ready to make one? You will need:
- a succulent plant (of course)
- a pot, vase or any kind of holder
- some plant soil and decorative gravel or rocks
Most of these materials you will find in the garden centre so no need to shop around. If you want a fancier holder use a clear hurricane vase or even a tea cup! Go on, be creative.
Below are some great examples I have found on Pinterest of creative decorating ideas for your succulents:
So as you see, succulents are very En Vogue right now and as their upkeep is minimal you can feel confident in adding this plant into your home decor. Whoop Whoop 🙂
Happy decorating people!