Flower Kingdom - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Flower Kingdom - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Posted by Sonari Pathak on February 2, 2020 | Last Updated: February 12, 2020 Flowers Succulents

A Quick Guide to Cultivating Succulents

Succulents are on-trend, affordable, and super easy to grow. Plus, with almost endless varieties, they’re also really fun to collect. If you plan to update your office or home decor with a few succulents, take a look at this quick guide to succulent care from the experts at Flower Kingdom in Palm Beach Gardens.

How Do Succulents Differ from Other Plants?

Succulent means moist, and succulent plants are incredibly moist because they efficiently store water in their roots, leaves, and stems because they naturally grow in places where water is hard to come by, like deserts. Unlike regular green plants that have papery leaves, succulent leaves grow thick and rubbery.

Various Succulent Plants

Various Succulent Plants

Why Succulents Make Excellent Indoor Plants

Not only are succulents hardy and attractive, but they can also bring serenity and positive energy to an indoor environment. In addition to the chill vibes, succulents help purify the air. Their roots draw air toward the soil. When toxins like harmful VOCs reach their roots, they convert the chemicals into nutrients. In addition to eradicating indoor air pollution, succulents also replenish the air with oxygen.

Favorite Succulent Varieties

There are countless varieties of succulent plants, which makes it tough to choose favorites. The following succulent varieties are well-loved for their ability to create lovely indoor garden designs and also for their unique beauty.

Echeveria

There are several different types of echeveria succulents. They all have¬†starburst-shaped silhouettes, but feature leaves that range in shape from pointed to round, stick-like to tubular, and crinkly to smooth. Commonly, a succulent garden will contain more than one echeveria because they grow in a variety of colors, too. You’ll find them in all sorts of shades of green, pink, red, and even black.

If you receive an echeveria in a floral arrangement, simply wait until the flowers are spent. Then plant the echeveria in soil, wait for it to root, and watch it grow.

Echeveria Succulents

Echeveria Succulents

Sedum

There are a variety of different types of echeveria in a floral arrangement. Some make a great ground cover, as they produce quickly sprouting rosettes. Other sedums are perfect for adding height to a succulent garden or giving a hanging or elevated planter additional visual interest with arms that stretch over the sides.

Green Sedum

Green Sedum

String of Pearls

These succulents are known for their odd and surprising appearance. With long, skinny vines and spherical leaves, it’s obvious where this succulent gets its name. String-of-pearls plants are excellent for hanging pots and pots on pedestals.

String of Pearls

String of Pearls

Indoor Succulent Care Advice

Succulents are incredibly tolerant of neglect, drought-resistant, and they don’t need much care. They’re perfect for anyone with or without a green thumb, those who travel frequently, and people with busy schedules. They rarely need pruning or fertilizing,¬†and they do best when watered infrequently, as they can draw most of their moisture and nutrients from the environment.

Pot them in a container that drains easily and make sure the plant is placed in a well-lit, bright location. Water, at the base of the soil, when the soil has dried completely and do not let a succulent sit in standing water. Do not over-water succulents. Get rid of bugs in the plant, if there are any, and clear away any dead leaves.

Chevy Camaro Plant Garden

Chevy Camaro Plant Garden

If leaves turn yellow or brown, this indicates distress and is most likely occurring due to the plant receiving too much water. Check the soil and contact Flower Kingdom for help.