Spruce Up Your Home With Succulents

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Unique and beautiful, succulents look like a cross between cacti and flowers. They’re generally hardy and low-maintenance, which makes them a great choice to enliven indoor and outdoor spaces. Colors and leaf structure vary widely, so you can unite their distinctive shapes and hues into many creative combinations.

Bonus: Succulents are stress-tolerant and have a fun “touch-me” quality, so kids and adults alike will enjoy a create-your-own-garden project. Best of all, no green thumb is needed.

What are succulents?
Plants known as succulents include sempervivums, sedums, aloes, kalanchoes, echeverias and other fleshy-leaved species. Popular succulents are Christmas cactus, burro’s tail, jade plant, aloe vera or medicine plant, hens and chicks, pincushion cactus and ponytail palms.

Create a succulent container garden.
One of the easiest ways to grow succulents is in containers, specifically small pots or troughs made from stone, terracotta, concrete or hypertufa. Soil should be quick draining and not overly rich. For most succulents, add about 25 percent builder’s sand to ordinary potting soil.

Succulents look stunning planted alone or in combination with other similar plants. They range in color from blue-green and chartreuse to pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black and variegated. The leaves may be spiky, rounded, ruffled, needlelike or berrylike. Choose what you like, and create your own little succulent world.

Add some flair.
Add stones, rocks and shells or pieces of colored glass or small mirrors for a whimsical, personal touch.

Care for your succulents.
Most succulents are easy to grow. With their fleshy leaves, they can survive in environments that are too dry for most other plants. In fact, succulents have evolved in some of the toughest growing conditions on earth, and most are happiest in full sun, which also brings out the colors in their foliage.

Succulents do like the dry humidity and warm conditions found in most homes, and while they like direct light, they can adapt to lower light. They should not be watered too often. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Nurture succulents in the winter.
Many succulents do not fancy colder weather conditions, so it’s a good idea to bring them indoors in winter, particularly if you live in the more frigid parts of the country. Put your container in a window with bright light. Or place succulents under grow lights, with the lights on for about 12 hours per day. When succulents do not get enough light, their stems will elongate.

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