Succulents have become one of the most popular choices in houseplants thanks to their easy care, strange looks, and large variety. They can be potted in a succulent garden, grown on their own, in a succulent wreath, or even popped into hollowed-out corks and strung up. With so many options for displaying, they look great in just about any home or office. At Bagoy’s Florist & Home, we love succulents because they’ll help brighten Anchorage’s short winter days and warm up your interior spaces. They are perfect for dorm rooms, offices, book-shelves, and so much more! Their hardy nature makes them to perfect touch of green to fill any space that needs a little brightening!
How Are Succulents Different from Other Plants?
Instead of the thin leaves that other plants have, succulent leaves sprout thick and rubbery. Succulents grow in different places around the world, including deserts and humid rainforests. They’re incredibly efficient at storing water in environments where it might be hard to come by like arid deserts and in tree bark.
The Benefits of Growing Succulents Inside
Plants are natural air purifiers. Succulents draw toxins, like VOCs, into the soil and use their roots to convert these chemicals into nutrients. They also replenish the air’s oxygen. Succulents, like other living plants, add life to an empty space and, unlike other plants, they require very little in return.
Plus, decorating with succulents is currently on-trend — especially for those seeking a healthy, happy lifestyle. Brightening your desk at work can be a great way to bring your healthy, green live-style into the office!
Our Favorite Succulent Varieties
Succulents grow in a seemingly endless variety of plants. They’re great for stately dish garden designs and work well as perfect, small accent plants placed around the home. They have a following, as people love to collect them, especially younger clients and anyone who enjoys thoughtfully decorating their space. Because of their compact shapes, they are wonderful accented with shells, rocks, driftwood, and other decorative touches. Some of our favorite succulent varieties include:
Beachside Succulent Garden
These succulents sprout with starburst-like silhouettes and come in a variety of shades of pink, purple, and green. Their leaf segments also vary in shape and texture, with some echeveria having tubular, pointed, round, or stick-like leaves that can either be smooth or crinkly.
Succulents – Echeveria
Sedum succulents also come in a diverse array of shapes and colors. They can grow in rosettes, low to the ground, cascade in falling tendrils, or grow upwards in columns. They’re perfect for providing ground cover, height, and depth in a succulent design.
How to Raise Healthy Succulents
Primarily, succulents need a warm, sunny spot and a pot that drains easily. Other than that, succulents require extremely simple care; they almost thrive when ignored. This makes them the perfect gift for a housewarming, as you don’t want to give someone a plant that is a job. Don’t over-love them. Give them less water in the winter, which would typically be a small splash each week in the summer. If you’re not sure, make sure the potting soil has completely dried before watering succulents and never let them sit in standing water. Rotate them for daylight and keep them away from cold, frosty windows.
If a succulent’s leaves start to turn yellow or brown, this is a sign of distress. This usually occurs due to over or under-watering, but can also be a sign of a cold plant. If you’re not sure what your succulents need, we welcome you to contact an expert at Bagoy’s Florist & Home.