Most Popular Question We Get – What is a Succulent?

Good luck… what! Well, as a plant lover you have probably seen this word. But what exactly are succulents ? In this postI will tell you all about it!

Succulent comes from the Greek word ‘succu’ which means juice. Logical, because they are indeed succulent plants. They are champions of storing water, which can be in the leaves, but there are also species that use their roots or stems for this. They desperately need that water, because in the areas where they originally come today it is bone dry and it hardly ever rains!

Succulents, Cacti, Haworthia, Crassula, Echeveria

‘Succulents’ is really just a group name for the family of succulents, but also of the cacti. These juice savers also have in common that they all grow slowly, but they can live to be very old! Getting about 20 years old is very normal, cacti can even live up to 100 years, and those are huge!

Succulent Species

So there are many types of succulents, well-known types are Aloe vera, Agave, Crassula, Echeveria, Haworthia and of course the cacti. But there are dozens of plant families that contain succulents, some families have only a few succulent species, while others consist almost entirely of succulents. The nice thing is they come in many colors and shades, such as green, pair, gray, blue and pink!

Easy to care For

Because these green, juicy friends store water so well, they are very easy to care for! It can really only go wrong if you have watered them too much, the roots will rot. Feel free to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. In winter you also water less than in summer. Some people like bright sun and others don’t, that’s different. Please check the card if it is included. There are varieties that you can even place outside in the spring and summer, but make sure that the soil does not get too wet when it rains! But such a large Agave on your terrace is cool!

Leaf Cuttings Or Stem Cuttings

Cuttings from succulents is very easy, but it is a patient job and can be done in 2 ways: leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. With leaf cuttings, you place leaves on loose soil, preferably cuttings or sowing soil. Place a plant spray next to it so that you can mist it regularly. And then patiently wait for roots to grow! Do you have a stalk cutting? Let it dry well first, otherwise the open ‘wound’ can rot. After 3 to 7 days you can put them in a small pot with soil. Water regularly in small amounts and roots will grow on their own. How budget-friendly is this to get new plants! And cuttings are also nice to give as a gift!

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