Flower Care

Flower Care Guide: Succulents

July 4, 2018
Succulent Care

If your friends consider you forgetful or a bit scatterbrained, succulents are without a doubt the plant for you. They are ridiculously low-maintenance. You can pretty much think of them as the chill girlfriend of the flower world. Not only that, if you’ve ever seen an IKEA ad, you’ve probably seen the power succulents have on a room’s entire look and feel. With little to no effort and a minimal amount of succulent care, they can add a much-needed layer of texture, color, and shape to any room.

Succulents also have heaps of versatility. Want a purple succulent with a one-of-kind shape? No problem. What about a tiny heart-shaped succulent that you can put in a teacup to add a little green and a lot of cuteness to your kitchen? Easy peasy. Or perhaps you want a hanging birdcage filled with multi-colored succulents to wow your guests? Again, no sweat. Succulents come in almost every color, shape, and size. If you can dream it, you can probably do it with succulents.

Before we move any further, we need to clear up some confusion on the issue of succulents. Yes, cactuses are a type of succulent, but not all succulents are cactuses. Generally speaking, succulents are sun-loving plants with thick, water-storing leaves and stems. The most common succulents are agave (tequila shot, anyone?), yuccas, sedum, and aloe.

Now that we cleared that up let’s delve into some of the symbolism and facts behind succulents. It’ll arm you with some newfound knowledge to wow the guests at your next party or get together.

 

Succulent Symbolism

In general, succulents represent enduring and timeless love, which is unsurprising considering their strong physical makeup that makes it possible for them to strive in arid deserts. As for cactuses more specifically, they carry a lot of different meanings, including:

  • Lust between two people
  • Loneliness
  • Protection from danger
  • Warmth and care
  • Chastity

 

Succulents: Fun Facts

Here are a few interesting facts worth knowing about succulents:

  • Their name derives from the Latin word “succus,” which means juice or sap.
  • The wet substance found on most succulent plants, not just aloe leaves, provides protection against sunburns as well as pests and even some diseases.
  • There are 60 plant families containing succulents.
  • You can use cut succulent leaves to grow new succulents.
  • They are a trendy form of jewelry, and they will grow as you wear them.

 

How to Care for Succulents

Like we said before, indoor succulent care is extremely easy and stress-free compared to other flowers and plants. The main thing you should do is give them an environment that mirrors their native desert environment. Because, needless to say, they’re used to getting lots of sunshine and, like the Backstreet Boys, “they want it that way.” So place your freshly arrived succulents in a room with lots of light and a little bit of heat. Trust us; they’ll thank you for it.

If your succulent is part of a bouquet, however, it’s okay to keep the Bouq away from direct sunlight, but if you do happen to remove it to put into an individual planter, be sure to position it somewhere sunny. Wherever you decide to put it, just make sure to keep it away from kids if it’s prickly. You don’t want to have to get the tweezers out!Indoor Succulent Care

As for water, succulents definitely don’t need much. They’re not huge fans, to say the least. So watering them once a week is enough. You never, ever, ever want to over-water succulents ,or they’ll die an early death. And you don’t want to live with that on your conscious!

As for the exact amount of water you should let your succulents drink up, it varies. But a good rule of thumb is to use a draining pot. Simply douse the succulent in water until the water spills out of the draining holes. Then wait until the soil dries and repeat. For indoor succulents, place a saucer under the draining pot, so nothing gets wet. Then, simply empty the saucer after watering. Easy enough, right?

In general, you can expect the vase life of your well-taken care of succulents to last a long, long time—months if not years.

 

Buy Succulents at The Bouqs Co.

If you want to grab a succulent Bouq to add an extra “it” factor to your home, head over to The Bouqs Co. and snag an artisanal, handcrafted Bouq of succulents for yourself. The desert vibes they evoke will surely spice up your home!

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