“Succulent”: isn’t that a funny name for a plant? It comes from the Latin “succulentus” which means “full of juice”.
One of the main features of succulents are their high capacity for water retention. Cactaceae, more commonly known under the name of cacti, are one of the families in which succulent species appear. You will also find they appear in Agaves, Aloe, Euphorbias, Haworthias, Sensevieras, Yuccas… An entire fascinating world.
Succulents originate from America and Africa, where they live under often ruthless temperatures and climates. In Europe, they are cultivated from seeds, cuttings, or grafts, in both industrial or artisanal greenhouses or by collectors. Many varieties grow in the middle of nature, notably on the Mediterranean perimeter.
When following very simple precautions, succulents also acclimatize well in our interiors.
They are ideally placed in a well-lit area, close to a window, bay window, or skylight. However, when they are too close to a windowpane in full midday sun, they may suffer. During the good days of April/May, they can be placed outdoors when protected from rain and full sunlight.
Succulents like water but not for too long, otherwise the roots will rot! From March to October, one must watch out that the soil is dry between each watering. It can stay dry for one to two weeks without worry. In winter, succulents are in a dormant phase, and so watering them is harmful. A maximum of 2 to 3 instances of light watering is acceptable if your interior is heated and dry.
In case of doubt, do not water and place your succulent in the light.
You may see it flower, but their varied shapes and colors will be enough to bring an original and decorative touch to your interior, this being done without difficulty.
Welcome to the world of succulents!