Indoor Succulents that Enhance the Interior of your Home.


About Succulents | Types of Succulents and How to Propagate Them

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Written by Sumayyah Namusabi


Updated: 2021-02-13


About Succulents


Take a look around your home, see any succulents? If you do, you are a gem! If you don’t, maybe you should. Don’t worry about plant maintenance and care, succulents will give you so many benefits for so little plant care.


Generally, studies show that having indoor plants has positive effects on both mental and physical health.


Succulents store water in their leaves, stems or roots so they can survive for long periods of time without being watered.


Types of succulents and how to propagate them


Here are some of a few types of succulents that bring your home to life;


Aloe vera

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Photo: IKEA, Aloe Vera


Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe that originates from the Arabian Peninsula and grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world. It can thrive well indoors in small or medium sized pots.


According to a study, its gel improves acne and reduces pain from burns. Sounds like a must-have plant at home, huh? Probably, you get to spend less on skin care products.


The Aloe vera plant can be maintained with bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light/ grow lights and infrequent watering (allow the soil to dry out completely before watering). To ensure drainage in a pot, be sure to pick one that has at least one drainage hole in the bottom or a good potting mix containing perlite, lava rock, chunks of bark, or all three.


How to propagate


Aloe vera can be propagated by planting seeds or replanting offsets or “pups” that develop at the base of the plant.


Crassula

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Photo: IKEA, Jade Plant


This is a diverse and extensive genus of succulent plants containing about 200 accepted species. Probably the most well-known is the jade plant (Crassula ovata) native to South Africa and Mozambique.


For indoor potted ones to thrive, a well-draining potting mix intended for succulents is used, bright light all day (a southern-facing window is ideal) and allow soil to dry before you re-water. Minimize watering in winter because plants go semi-dormant during this time.


According to Wikipedia, The jade plant can be toxic to horses, and dogs & cats and mildly toxic to humans as well, in some cases, with skin contact.


How to propagate


Crassula plants are propagated from leaf or stem cuttings. They are left to dry out for a week or two before planting them in a dryish potting mix.


Echeveria.

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Photo: IKEA, Echeveria


This desert native succulent comes in pretty rosettes with exquisite features and colors making home decoration lively.


Echeverias do best in dry conditions, therefore, it should be watered only once it has dried out and also acquire a substantial amount of bright light all day.


Unglazed clay pots are great for growing this succulent because clay allows water to evaporate. This succulent is prone to mealy bugs in leaf axils so always remove dry or rotting leaves.


How to propagate


Propagate an echeveria by planting seeds, offsets or individual leaves.


Cacti.

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Photo: IKEA, Cacti


A cactus is a great addition to your living space for it comes in different shapes, sizes and colors.


Cacti show a wide variety of growth habits depending on the different kinds. However, you should water the plant when it begins to shrivel and place it in bright indoor light all day.


Cactus plants with spines need to be handled with care to avoid getting pricked. Wear gardening gloves when attending to them.


How to propagate


Cacti are propagated with seeds and most times, stem cuttings. They are taken from an existing cactus, then allowed to dry and later planted in a cactus potting mix.


Note.


Overwatering succulents makes the plant and leaves soft, mushy and discolored. A plant in these conditions might be beyond repair, but you can remove or cut off any dead, mushy parts from the plant and retain the parts that look viable. Let the cuttings dry for a few days and propagate. Underwatering the plant stagnates growth and makes leaves shriveled and wrinkled, so always water when you notice that.




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