Succulents are quickly becoming one of America’s most popular indoor plants. One of the reasons they are so popular is because of the very wide variety of different shapes and sizes one can buy. It also helps that they don’t require too much when it comes to taking care of them.
Succulents however are sometimes hard to find locally, especially if you aren’t living in a decent sized city. Luckily, Amazon and other large online retailers offer plenty of Succulent goodness that you can buy and have delivered straight to your home or office.
What Exactly is a Succulent?
Succulents are a particular type of plant that have very fleshy leaves that contain sap. These leaves fill up with sap so they can carry as much moisture as possible, which is necessary for very dry and arid climates, like deserts, where you might find them naturally.
Some examples of Succulents include cacti, aloe and even a few orchids. These beautiful plants require very little water and pruning to maintain. Some Succulents don’t even require that much light!
The name Succulent is given because their leaves are, in fact, very succulent. They are thick and juicy and filled with sap.
Best Places to Buy Succulents
Now that these plants have become so popular recently, you can find them just about anywhere that sells plants. Obviously you can find them in gardening stores, but now you can even find them in some grocery stores.
The drawback of buying locally, however, is that your Succulent options are typically limited. And now with places like Amazon, you really have a diverse set of options to add to your Succulent collection.
Taking Care of Succulents
As mentioned before, one of the main reasons why Succulents have become so popular over the past few years is because of how easy they are to take care of. They grow slow, don’t require a lot of water, and don’t usually need any trimming or pruning.
One mistake people make when caring for their Succulents is that they tend to over-water them too much. I think it is pretty common to WANT to water plants each and every day as much as possible, like most people do with their normal plants. This is not a good recipe for Succulents. All you really need to do is feel the soil and make sure it is at least damp and doesn’t get too dry.
As a general rule of thumb, Succulents aren’t expensive and you can find most of them relatively cheap, to be quite frank. There are however always exceptions depending on the rarity of Succulent you are looking at buying. The really cool thing about Succulents is the sheer volume of different varieties that you can buy. You can find some really odd looking ones with very distinct colors and leaves if you shop around enough.
Before you buy, make sure you know what you are getting first. If they are seeds, make sure the seller is reputable and always look at the fully grown versions to see what you are getting. If you are buying them grown, make sure there are no brown spots anywhere on the plant. Brown or yellow colored leaves typically mean that the plant is sick and/or dying.
Always keep in mind that Succulents take a long time to grow. Appreciate this aspect of them and plan to keep them around a long time. Just be patient with their growing and you will certainly be satisfied once they reach a mature age.