I am usually late to the game. I don’t know all the newest gadgets, I don’t know all the hippest trends and I definitely don’t know all the latest lingo. But I have certainly noticed a leaning towards tiny things. Tiny houses, Smart cars, teacup pigs and even miniature plants. Everywhere you go shopping – there are fake itty bitty plants and cacti in sweet little ceramic jars. At the stores that sell live plants, there are racks and racks and racks of little plants that fit in the palm of your hand. Little babies. They are adorable.
Most of these little plants are succulents. Succulents, by definition, “are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap.” Within this definition, there is a wide variety of them for many different types of growers. But most of all, succulents are excellent plants for people that may be a bit forgetful because succulents thrive on less water. In fact, if your succulent dies, it’s most likely from over-watering.
The most popular succulents are cacti, jade plants, aloe, sedums and echeverias. (My daughter is obsessed – socks, shirts, pjs, bags, decor – all in cactus print.) They are happy in a small terra cotta pot, in a grouped container or even in a wreath (the one below is fake, but you can make your own living wreath with soaked sphagnum moss packed into a wire wreath frame with some wire). It’s no wonder that people want to try their hand at growing these cute little plants when you take into account how cheap and easy they are to care for.
They are very slow growers and have quite a small root system, so will stay small in the little pot it came in for quite awhile. It’s my belief that they sell succulents in such small sizes because they ship easier at that size (less breakage) and for faster turn around because of their slow growth. But, ironically, it has now become the ideal size for all succulents! Caring for them is simple – don’t. They prefer dryer conditions so waiting until they are completely dry and then dousing them with a good drained soaking is all they need.
So, get out there and get a few of your own! They are so inexpensive and so cheery. Put them in a sunny window in a cute little pot and neglect them, they will love you for it.
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