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Growing Succulents

succulantsSucculent plants are treasured for their striking and unique appearance and for their ability to succeed and thrive with minimal care. The plants are native to areas with high temperatures and low rainfall, such as deserts. They have the unique ability to store water in places such as their leaves, stems, and roots, enabling them to thrive on limited sources of water. For these reasons and more, they are easy to grow, care for, and propagate.

There are a variety of families of plants that are classed as succulents, including xerophytic and halophytic types. The xerophytic succulents, the best-known type, generally thrive in dry areas, whereas halophytic varieties grow in boggy and saline-rich soils. Most succulents flourish in warm and moderately dry temperatures with adequate sunlight and well-drained soil. However, they often can remarkably withstand periods of colder temperatures and brief periods of freeze, sometimes entering dormancy and bouncing back when warm weather returns. However, it’s important to understand the characteristics of the succulent type to ensure optimal plant growth.

Succulents may do well as outdoor plants, but they are especially successful as house plants. Those which thrive generally receive adequate hours of sunlight, warm temps, consistent watering, and ideal soil conditions. New plants may be started from seed or can be divided easily by removing offsets that spring from the mother plant. These new mini-plants are fully formed and have their own roots to grow independently. Or, new plants may be grown and divided via root separation, in a process in which plant roots are gently taken apart. Then, the clumps are replanted to produce new individual plants.

The cutting method, using a piece of leaf or stem to re-grow rooted and long-lasting plants can be done by beheading the plant or by leaf removal. This form of propagation can result in a reasonable way to multiply one’s succulent collection. The cuttings may be placed in a container or tray and demand only minimal attention. Once roots are developed, they may be planted and cared for as new plants.

Not only do succulents enrich household decor, but they also can be grown and gifted as inexpensive party favors. Their drought resistance capabilities, low maintenance needs, and diverse formations and colors make them ideal gifts. In addition, propagating succulents is a rewarding hobby for gardeners of all skill levels. Not only is it amazing to watch new plants grow, but it is also remarkable to observe the transformation of the propagation process and the blossoming of a beautiful earthly plant, knowing that one had a hand in it.

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