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6 Benefits of Growing Succulents in Your Home

Succulents are a classic option for home gardeners. Not only are they low-maintenance and easy to care for, but they also come in many unique and decorative types. From the string of pearls to aloe vera and cacti, there are multiple succulents to add to your home.

If you already have a few succulents scattered around your home or want to add a few more, you may like to hear that there are many benefits to growing these plants. It is no secret that growing your garden is a way to bring more joy to your life, but what is so great about these plants in particular? Learn everything there is to know about why you need to add a some succulents to your space!

Better Mental Health

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If you’ve ever partaken in reading, putting together puzzles, coloring, or even meditation, you know that plant care is a similar activity. Having a hobby and contacting with nature has always been one of the best ways to ground yourself, so why not bring it into your home? While simply surrounding yourself with succulents and other houseplants is a recipe for happiness, there’s more to it than that.

The process of watering, repotting, and pruning all your succulents and houseplants is therapeutic in many ways, helping to reduce stress and improve your well-being.

Beautiful Home Décor

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Decorating with succulents is the best way to add a little life and color to your home. The leaves of the plants range in vibrancy, from the light silvery greens of the burro’s tail to deep, earthy greens like holiday cactus and even variegated coloring. Of course, some succulents are perfect for hanging baskets, others stretch and grow upwards, and some remain small and simple.

While the variety of succulents you choose plays a role in your decoration ideals, the type of pot you choose matters, too! You can decorate the pots with paint, hang then from the ceiling, or simple sit them on your windowsill — the choice is yours!

Finally, you can place them in different spots around your home, keeping the specific succulent’s needs in mind.

Brand New Hobby

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While succulents make beautiful décor, they are also a hobby. While these houseplants are easy to care for and do not require too much attention, they still need regular care. Learning about managing your plant is enjoyable, but doing the job is much more fun.

Watching the blooms grow and aiding your plant along their journey is therapeutic, but it’s also plenty of fun to spend a little time watering and repotting. Not to mention you now have beautiful pieces to discuss when friends and family come over. 

Building a Community

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Like many hobbies, theirs a community behind it! There are many online blogs, forums, and video platforms where you can join numerous communities. Find yourself involved in and enthralled with discussions about plant care, tips, and more. You might even learn something new.

So why not snap a few pics of your succulents and share them on your platform? There’s a good chance you’ll make a few friends along the way!

Pet Friendly

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While there is an abundance of beautiful tropical plants, such as philodendron, ivy, and pothos, they tend to be toxic to animals and children. This makes them dangerous to keep around the house. With that said, many succulents are safe, including Haworthia, Echeveria, and elephant bush.

There are a few toxic succulents, including snake plants, which you should keep away from furry friends and kiddos. All in all, it is crucial to do your research first, but succulents tend to be a pet friendly, non-toxic option!

Getting Creative

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Succulents are fun, unique plants with many ways to display them. From placing them on your glass coffee table, making your large terrarium, growing living art on the wall, to planting in tea cups, you can do anything you can imagine. Similar to plant care, it can be therapeutic to make your very own succulent creations.

They are also incredibly easy to propagate, meaning you can quickly add to your houseplant collection, share with friends, or even sell them. Generally, the easiest way to propagate succulents is to take a cutting and place the stem in water.

Tips For Succulent Care

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Now that you know why you need to grow succulents, you may be curious about recommended care. All succulent varieties are different and have their own care needs. Still, there are a general set of rules to get you started.

  • Use loose, well-draining soil with a sandy texture. Make your own if you prefer, or find a succulent mix at the store. Also, opt for a pot with drainage.
  • Fertilize in spring before the growing season.
  • Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Otherwise, you face the potential of overwatering.
  • Keep succulents in daytime temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures of around 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep them out of humid locations, such as bathrooms.

Smiling for Succulents!

Succulents are lovely houseplants, but they offer so many benefits to the home gardener as well! From improvements in mental health to finding a new hobby and community, there are many reasons to add succulents to your growing collection of houseplants.

Do you know anyone who would benefit from a few succulents? Give this article a share!