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Succulents

Posted by on Mon, Apr 22 2013 12:46:00

Succulents are booming in popularity for two simple reasons: they are beautiful and nearly indestructible.

Technically, a succulent is any plant with thick,fleshy (succulent) water storage organs. Succulents store water in their
leaves, their stems or their roots. These plants have adapted to survive arid conditions throughout the world, from Africa to the deserts of North America. Fortunately for us, this adaptive mechanism has resulted in an incredible variety
of interesting leaf forms and plant shapes, including paddle leaves, tight rosettes, and bushy or trailing columns of teardrop leaves.

As a group, succulents include some of the most well-known plants, such as the aloe and agave, and many almost unknown plants. Cacti are a unique subset of the succulent group. Succulents make excellent display plants in dish gardens and terrariums.

No matter what kind of succulent you're growing, the rules are pretty similar between the different species. Here are the
general rules for growing top-quality succulents:

Light:

Succulents prefer bright light, such as found on a south-facing window. Watch the leaves for indications that the light level is correct. Some species will scorch if suddenly exposed to direct sunlight. The leaves will turn brown or white as the plant bleaches out and the soft tissues are destroyed. Alternatively, an underlit succulent will begin to stretch, with
an elongated stem and widely spaced leaves. This condition is known as etoliation. The solution is to provide better light and prune the plant back to its original shape. Many kinds of succulents will thrive outdoors in the summer.

For more information and care instructions please
visit: http://houseplants.about.com/od/growinghealthyhouseplants/a/SucculentsBasic.htm