Flower Care

Flower Care Guide: Succulents

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.

Types of Succulents

Succulents also have heaps of versatility. Want a flowering 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.

Choose Indoor Succulents Wisely

Succulent care starts off by choosing which succulents you want blooming in your house. These plants come in a variety of vibrant colors from red to purple and orange. While each color provides its own beauty and energy, brighter colored succulents are also a lot more temperamental with the elements. For beginner indoor succulent care, we recommend choosing green.

Direct Sunlight is Key

The trickiest part of caring for indoor succulents is getting them the right amount of sunlight. These desert native plants are used to soaking up sunlight all day to thrive, so keeping them in direct sunlight indoors is a key to keeping them vibrant and lively. Make sure you place your Bouq of succulents close to a window where sunlight shines through the majority of the day.

If your succulent needs more sunlight you’ll be able to tell by the way it grows. As indoor succulents yearn for sunlight, the leaves and stems will start to curve and reach toward the sunlight in your house. Be mindful of the look of your succulent’s leaves. In the warmer seasons, your plant can get sunburned if placed too close to the window.

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

Pay Close Attention to Watering

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 conscience!

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?

Choose the Right Container

A very common mistake new indoor succulent owners make is planting their succulent in a container that will easily cause it to wilt and die. Glass containers and vessels without a drainage hole will cause your succulent to quickly wilt. Succulents do not like to sit in damp soil. A pot with a drainage hole is the perfect vessel for this plant. Succulents thrive off of proper airflow and having the right container will guarantee healthy roots, leaves, and stems.

Use the Correct Soil

While regular plant soil may be your first choice, your indoor succulents will thank you for choosing a good draining soil. Succulent and cactus draining soil is the perfect soil when planting a new succulent. This soil will help prevent root rot and will lessen the chance of you over watering your plant. Make sure to pair good draining soil with a proper draining container when planting your indoor succulents.

Order Beautiful Succulent Bouquets Today

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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