Succulents

August 17, 2014

Succulents also known as fat plants are any type of plants that are thickened and fleshy in some parts usually the leaves and stems. These fleshy or succulent parts are used to store water in arid climates or soil conditions. They are grown as ornamental plants because of their striking appearance and they are always considered to be in style. They are surging in popularity because they are rather low maintenance and are cool to look at and collect. They grow well in containers and even if you neglect them chances are they’ll be fine.

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The color variation of succulents is almost endless: blue-green, pink, red, white, burgundy, yellow, almost black, and more. The leaves may be needle like, spiky, berrylike, ruffled or rounded. Many succulents come from dry areas of the topics and subtropics such as semi-desert, desert and steppes. The high temperature force these plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods.

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Here are common types of succulents that are easy to care and find:

Aeonium – it has rosette leaves on a basal stem and resemble big, fleshy-petaled daisies. It occurs in colors green, yellow and garnet. They are not frost-resistant and only require little water.

Burro’s Tail – is a succulent perennial producing long, with fleshy blue-green leaves and terminal pink to red flowers in summer native to Mexico and Honduras.  It prefers medium to high light for best performance.

Agave – it is a rosette-shaped succulent are native to the Americas. There are a dozen species of agave, most of them small and beautiful. The juice from many species of agave is known to cause acute contact dermatitis.

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Christmas Cactus – also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus. Its flowers occur in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple. Prefers medium to high light and fertilize three times in the summer to promote blooms.

Crown of Thorns – it is a succulent climbing shrub imported from Madagascar. It has long, spoon-shape leaves appear at the ends of spiky branches, along with clusters of tiny flowers.

Echeveria – popular ornamental garden plants, they are drought-resistant however they do well with regular deep watering and fertilizing. They are also ideal for planting in containers.

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Jade Plant – also known as friendship tree, lucky plant or money plant is a succulent plant with small white or pink flowers native to South Africa. It has thick branches and thick, shiny, smooth, leaves in rich jade green shade that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. It is an old-fashioned favorite simply because it is very easy to grow and very vibrant.

Aloe – known for its healing sap which has been used to treat wounds and sunburns for centuries. Any species of Aloe appear to be stemless, with the rosette growing directly at ground level.

Panda Plant – also known as pussy ears and chocolate solider. It is a popular houseplant on account of its small size, dark-red foliage and ease of care.

Pincushion Cactus – also known as foxtail cactus. They are the most common cacti grown in the home. They can remain small and may take the form of clumps, they are often flowering indoors.

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