There is a small plant able to bring nature into the house in a simple and uncomplicated way. The succulents are the best allies of those who do not have much time for gardening and for those who love to grow different species and is connected in the latest trends of decoration.
There are more than 22,000 species of succulents cataloged around the world. The main feature that defines a plant as succulent are its chubby leaves. They store water and allow the plant to survive for several days without watering.
Succulents can be planted in pots of varying sizes, alone or combined with others of the same species, as well as being widely used in terrariums . Succulents are also on the rise in party decorations - including as party favors - and for gifts.
Another good feature of the plant is the price. Succulents are sold for an average price of $ 3 a unit and usually when bought in several seedlings, the price tends to reduce further.
Although it is an easy-to-grow plant, succulents need some simple care to stay alive and beautiful. Here's what you need to do to grow your succulents.
How to care for and grow succulents
Although there is a huge variety of succulents, the cultivation and care are basically the same.
Being a plant of desert origin, the succulents need sun. Therefore, keep it in a location that receives direct sunlight or at least is well lit.
One of the main characteristics of succulents is that they do not require constant watering. In the winter months it is recommended to water the plant every fortnight, and in summer the ideal is one irrigation per week. However, always check the soil moisture before watering, as the succulents suffer much more from excess water than from lack.
Another important detail: never water the juicy watering the leaves. Water only the earth, so the plant does not rot. One tip is to use droppers or a tube, such as a snack bar, to water the plant in the right measure.
Succulents also need fertilization. Try to fertilize the plant every three months with an NPK fertilizer.
How to plant and make succulent seedlings
The planting of the succulents is very simple. The first step is to choose the container that will receive the plant, after that guarantee the drainage system, as the accumulation of water can rot the plant.
To do this, make three to four holes in the pot and place some small stones in the bottom. Then add the fertilized soil. Make a little hole in the center to get the seedling and plant it next.
The process for making succulent seedlings is equally simple. To do this, simply cut some leaves and place them on the ground without the need to bury the tips. Just lay them on the ground. Water only after seven days. At the end of this period you will notice the small roots emerging from the base of the leaves. When the roots increase in size, plant the leaf on the ground.
Succulents: more cultivated types and species and decorating ideas
Then follow the most cultivated succulent species and how they can be inserted into the decoration. A selection of photos - and ideas - to make you even more passionate about the plant. Check out:
The succulents of the Aeonium genus have about 30 different species belonging to the crassulaceae family. These plants come from the Canary Islands and Africa. The word Aeonium derives from the Greek word"aionios"meaning"immortal". The word refers to the great resistance and durability of the plant, since this type of succulent can survive the most varied temperature changes. From extreme cold below zero to heat above 30 °.
Picture 1 - Arrangement of succulents of wall with different species.
Image 2 - Sizes, colors and different species of succulents form this arrangement with the letter K; a good gift.
Picture 3 - Picture of succulents on the wall and a solitary vase on the small table.
Picture 4 - Trio of succulent Aeonium Leucoblepharum in a same vase.
Picture 5 - Suggestion for decoration of celebrations; enjoy the succulents are cheap and introduce them to the party.
Succulents can be cacti, but not always a cactus is a succulent. This is just a subtype of the succulent family. Check out some species considered succulent:
Picture 6 - Tall vase combined with different mini types of cacti and succulents.
Image 7 - Terrarium of cacti and succulents; elegant and at the same time simple model of this type of arrangement.
Picture 8 - A vase for each succulent, but they are not only in the vases, they also appear in the wallpaper print.
Image 9 - Here, the succulents were planted inside the bowls.
Crassula Ovata Gollum (Ear of Shrek)
The type Crassula Ovata Gollum could not have received a popular name more appropriate to its format. Known as Shrek's Ear, this succulent makes reference to the famous ogre of the cinemas.
Image 10 - A vase stuffed with Shrek's ears.
Image 11 - An unusual and original idea to decorate the vases of succulents.
Image 12 - White paint left the clay vases even more beautiful to accommodate the succulents.
Image 13 - A rustic and natural idea to plant the succulents.
Image 14 - Vases of succulents on the stairs.
Crassula Ovata (Jade Plant)
Crassula Ovata, also known as jade plant or friendship plant, is a type of juicy with larger size. Native to Africa, this species can reach one meter in height and blooms in winter and spring. When planted in pots, the jade plant resembles a mini tree, very similar to a bonsai.
Image 15 - Exposure to the sun can change the hue of the succulent leaves.
Image 16 - The jade plant grows according to the size of the pot in which it was planted.
Image 17 - Stones and succulents make a beautiful composition in this pot.
Image 18 - White rhinestones are a great way to decorate the vase of succulents.
This is one of the most loved species of succulents. Echeveria carnicolor is also known as stone rose and is characterized by its flower shape. The predominant tonality in this species is green, pink or grayish. To keep yourself always beautiful, the stone rose needs constant sunlight.
Picture 19 - A watering can of roses of stone
Image 20 - Ever thought of marrying a bouquet of succulent?
Picture 21 - To decorate the entrance hall , hang succulents on the rack.
Image 22 - Terrarium with succulents of the pink type of stone and zebra.
Echeveria Elegans (Mexican Snowball)
The succulent known as Mexican snowball has a shape and color similar to stone rose. The difference between them is the more rounded format. This type of succulent resists very low temperatures, below zero. Maybe this is the reference to the snowball.
Image 23 - Vase of balls of Mexican snow in different shades.
Picture 24 - Succulents are ideal for decorating home offices and offices.
Image 25 - Party table decorated with succulents.
Picture 26 - Leave the decoration more fun with carafe.
Image 27 - Vessels shaped like garlic head for the succulents.
The Echeveria Rosa is very similar to the others of the species. The purple tone of the leaves marks the difference of this type with the other juicy ones in format of rose.
Image 28 - The grayish purple tone is the great charm of the pink echeveria.
Picture 29 - No ideas for the party centerpiece? How about betting on succulents?
Image 30 - Terrarium of succulents; remember to expose the plant to the sun if it stays indoors.
Image 31 - Leaves in the form of flower petal; a beautiful, cheap and easy option to decorate the house.
The succulents of the genus haworthia have elongated and fleshy leaves and reach more than 80 different types. The main characteristic of Haworthia Fasciata are the white stripes on its leaves, which makes it also known as succulent zebra.
Image 32 - Terrarium with succulent zebra and amethysts.
Image 33 - Copper vase was taken by different species of succulents.
Image 34 - Turn those cups that have been left alone in beautiful vines to the succulents.
Picture 35 - Succulent zebra queen absolute in this terrarium.
Image 36 - The white stripes are not only in the succulent; Look what a beautiful idea!
This type of juicy olive leaves have very fleshy. When exposed to the sun, the leaves become reddish at the tips. Native to Mexico, this succulent blooms in the spring.
Image 37 - Similar in shape with stone rose, but different in coloration.
Picture 38 - Variety of colors and formats allows the creation of terrariums creative and always original.
Picture 39 - A delicate way to decorate that little corner of the house.
Image 40 - For larger areas, choose larger pots that can receive even more varieties.
Picture 41 - Each one with its beauty and its peculiarities.
Sedum burrito (Girl's Finger or Donkey's Tail)
The succulent Sedum Burrito, also known as Girl's Finger or Donkey's Tail is an option for those who like hanging plants that can be hung. Its leaves are small and very chubby.
Image 42 - Terrarium with succulent donkey tail.
Picture 43 - A creative idea: decorate the lamp with succulents.
Picture 44 - On each floor, a different succulent.
Picture 45 - Succulents on the wall: here, the species of ass tail remains pending leaving the arrangement even more beautiful.
The species Sedum Carnicolor is characterized by elongated leaves and a slightly grayish coloration.
Image 46 - The vase where the succulent will be planted makes all difference in the final composition.
Image 47 - Glass vases allow better visualization of the succulents inside.
Image 48 - Three species of succulents of the genus Sedum in a single vase.
Another species of the genus Sedum. The succulent Sedum Clavantum is characterized by its round, greyish-green leaves.
Image 49 - Composition with several sedum clavantum seedlings; species needs full sun to stay healthy and beautiful.
Picture 50 - A mimo this vase of succulents of the sedum genus.
Picture 51 - Notice how the leaves of the succulents are chubby; they are the plant's water reservoir.
Image 52 - Attention with succulents planted in pots of clay; the material tends to absorb water, so in such cases check the need for watering more often.
Sedum Makinoi (Brillantine)
The species Sedum Makinoi, also known as Brillantine, is native to Japan and is characterized as a creeping plant. This succulent is no more than four centimeters high and in the spring it has tiny yellow flowers that are much appreciated by butterflies.
Image 53 - The popular name of this succulent refers to the brightness of its dark green leaves.
Image 54 - Terrarium with succulents was placed in a privileged place of the house, full of sunlight.
Image 55 - Trio of succulents in the cement vats.
Image 56 - Brillantine has oval and small leaves with a coloration that varies from dark green to yellowish.
This succulent species loves to live outdoors and receive abundant sunlight. But it can also be grown indoors, as long as it is in a well-lit place.
Image 57 - A delicate terrarium made to be suspended from the ceiling.
Image 58 - Succulent planted in the glass vase decorates with grace and delicacy the kitchen counter.
Image 59 - A scale of succulents.
Image 60 - Succulents of the species Sedum Papchyphyllum were chosen to be the souvenirs of this party.
Senecio Rowleyanus (Pearl Necklace)
This species of succulents is ideal for those who like hanging plants. Very different from other types of succulents, this in particular is characterized by the shape of its leaves that look like peas. It also gives its popular name of pearl necklace.
Picture 61 - In this arrangement of succulents, the pendants were planted first and below the others.
Image 62 - A bookcase of succulents planted in cups, jugs and mugs.
Image 63 - Pink rhinestones bring a touch of romanticism to the succulent vessel.
Image 64 - For a more modern decoration, the cement vases with succulents are a great option.