For some, keeping a simple house plant alive can be an arduous task, however, the modish elegance that indoor greenery adds to the ambiance and stylish décor of one’s home is immeasurable, which may be why so many are turning to the trendy, fad movement of succulent plants.
You see them everywhere; juxtaposing adorable cuteness with high style fashion, succulents have become the “it” plant of the hour. They are welcome additions, to both the insides and outsides of home design throughout the country, adding splashes of sophistication and fun from the East Coast to the West Coast and everywhere in-between.
Offering a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, succulents are considered by the masses as the easiest to care for, most on point plants of today. By definition, they are plants that have thick, fleshy leaves that retain water well and are drought resistant. They store water in their leaves, which makes them easy to care for, because they don’t need to be watered daily and they thrive in arid climates.
Trending now, succulents and their green hues and stubby leaves can be found resting on living room bookshelves, gathered together in wedding bouquets, artistically displayed in living wreaths and perfectly placed in patio planters. They are versatile and unique and they can be customized to one’s own personal taste.
“Succulents are super easy to care for and very beautiful,” said Janie Lavezzoli, the manager of Scotts Farm Stand located in Essex, CT. They sell an array of different succulents, which are grown locally in Wallingford, CT.
“These little plants are perfect for people just starting out with gardening, because it is virtually impossible to kill succulents, unless you severely neglect them.”
Jane, a mother of three, explained that succulents are the perfect plants for kids. Her fourteen-year-old daughter keeps them on her window sill, and they add life and color to her room.
The low maintenance care regiment required to keep succulents happy and thriving is the main reason why so many have fallen in love with these versatile, waxy treasures. Offering up all the usual benefits of having plants in your home and workspaces such as; improvement of air quality, reduction of carbon dioxide and increased oxygen and the reduction of levels of pollutants in the air, succulents require half the time and care of other plants. In addition, succulents may actually be good for us; it has been reported that having plants around creates a feeling of calm and helps people to focus by improving their concentration and boosting their memory.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about getting on the succulent train, ponder no more and try it out for yourself. Here is some information about some popular succulents:
A stemless or very short-stemmed succulent, available in dwarf species and regular species, which can grow up to 40 inches tall. Aloe Vera has thick, fleshy, green to bluish-grey-green leaves and some varieties have white flecks on the stem surfaces. They spread by producing clusters of offshoots.
Snake Plant (Mother-In-Law’s Tongue)
Succulent with long, slightly windy leaves that point upwards. They are mostly green and some varieties have yellow edges. They tolerate neglect well and are easy to grow.
Sedum (Stonecrop)Sedums, or stonecrops, are easy to grow, low growing, evergreen perennials that are appropriate as groundcovers or trailing plants when grown in containers. They offer a variety of interesting shapes and sizes and require very little attention.
Most commonly known for their striking rosettes, with waxy leaves growing out of their stems, which range from being long and branched-out to short and stubby. They uniquely grow and multiply by reproducing and form offsets from a single flower head. Aeoniums come in a number of varieties, colors, shapes and sizes and are hardy plants that grow best in full sun to partial shade and can withstand cold.