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Succulents – Why Are They So Popular?

by CustomHomes on Thursday, April 13, 2017

SucculentsIf we’re being honest, not everyone has quite the knack for growing a wide array of plants. Sometimes the green thumb is more of a wilted brown, with maybe a few spots on the edges, which is about what our plants end up looking like. Still, there is both an allure as well as some benefits to having houseplants around your house. Houseplants can increase the amount of clean air in your home, working as a sort of natural air filter, reducing the likelihood of you getting sick. So what do you grow when you can’t seem to grow anything. Sure, you could grow a cactus, but then you have to deal with spikey bits as well as a decided lack of visual interest.

What about succulents?

The popularity of this once looked down on plant has been skyrocketing recently. The question is why? Succulents were once thought to be too common of a plant to belong in a sophisticated garden and now? People can’t get enough of them. Here’s a few reasons why succulents have become so popular and why you might want to think about growing some for yourself.

Super Low Maintenance

There are some plants on the market that are just too finicky. Whether it be soil balancing, just the right amount of light, extra nutrients, or constant pruning and attention. Succulents, on the other hand, not so much. Succulents need a nice sunny spot to live, and they need watered about once a week in the Summer and only once a month in the Winter seasons. You can’t get much more laid back than that!

Variety of Shapes and Colors

Some plants are pretty limited when it comes to color and appearance, which means if you want to want to add some POP and color, you need to work with other plants as well. Succulents, however, come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors which means you can have a plot of incredibly low maintenance plants while having some visually stunning arrangements.

They Can Live Just About Anywhere!

Remember the part about them being low maintenance? How about the fact that you can plant succulents just about anywhere and they’ll be just fine. Flower pots, Tea cups, an old shoe, simply put, if you can put dirt in it, you can grow a succulent. There are even tutorials on how to grow a hanging succulent with nothing more than a little burlap and a rope. How cool is that?!

Year Round Beauty

Succulents are one of the few plants that do well all year round. While they won’t be flowering in the Winter, there are many breeds of succulents that are hardy enough to last the Winter, cutting back on the planting work when Spring rolls around.

If you’re looking for a plant that doesn’t require a lot of fussing but is still beautiful, then a succulent might just be the perfect choice for you. Not only are they hardy, and come in a wide array of colors, but they need very little maintenance and can grow just about anywhere. If you’re looking to combine some DIY craft projects with a little gardening work then succulents are the perfect plant choice for you!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com