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Growing plants in home is an art, which only the very creative can excel in. It is a living art, when you choose to use living things, for instance plants, in augment the good look of your room. Therefore the choice of the plants you use is very vital, since factors such as maintenance of these plants should be considered. Succulents, unlike many other plants used for decorations, requires low maintenance. Seeing that they are mini-desert plants, they can be watered few times in a week, (at least once a week). It is therefore easy to keep them green all the time. They grow well when they are bathed with bright light for about six or more hours. However, when exposed to direct sunlight, their leaves burn and wither. They are air-purifying, and that is what you need in your room at all times – pure air. As the business men say – “if it is cheaper, and of good quality, it is the best deal” – so are succulents the best deal for living art. There are numerous kinds of succulent plants which you can readily use for home/room decoration.
Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum)
“Brighten the corner where you are,” is a famous mantra among many. While it applies to human beings, the same could also be said of succulent plants used in decorations. Burro’s Tail, also known as Sedum morganianum, is a good succulent that can be used to brighten the corners of a room. Their leaves are thick and have cascading green branches, making this plant a beautiful addition to the top of bookcases and even the bright corners of your room. This delicate yet beautiful plant grows best in a basket, placed far beyond reach, because a touch by the finger makes it shed its leaves.
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is another succulent that is of good choice. It is well-known to bring good fortune to those who grow it. They require to be bathed with good light during the day. The soil in which it is grown should also be of good drainage so that the plant does not die due to excess water. Unlike other succulent, it is not recommended that the soil of the jade plant be left to dry out completely. Instead, when the soil feels a little dry to the touch, it should be watered. It is suited for your office, bedroom, or even a living space, to bring good ambience and lots of luck.
Aloe Vera is one of the rare succulents that carries along with it many benefits, since it has a variety of uses. It has medicinal properties, and the viscous gel-like sap which can be applied topically soothe burns (including sunburns). It can also be used on wounds and cold sores and even in reducing puffy eyes. Their leaves can also be consumed to help in digestive functions, enhance hydration and to boost the immune system. You only need to remove the spines, then blend them in a smoothie for consumption. Their tall spiny leaves make them beautiful for decoration.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
“If you can get a succulent that requires low maintenance, the better,” is the piece of advice that anyone working with succulents would give. But look no further. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is the best and sure bet for indoor succulent requiring low-maintenance. It can be left for weeks on end without a drop of water. It also thrives in areas of medium or low light, thus perfect for darker spaces of your room. You also want to live in an environment of pure air, and snake plant is the best purifier, in so far as succulents are concerned. It removes so many chemicals from the air, when compared to other succulents.
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) is probably classified as a palm (as the name may suggest) but it is actually a succulent. It is best for large house plants. Water is stored in its swollen stem base and it looks very much like an elephant’s foot. That is probably why it is called “Elephant Foot Palm.” It thrives well in spots where it is sunny, but it should be grown in a space where it receives bright indirect sunlight for long hours. Though it has a swollen stem base because of water intake, it should not be watered several times. The soil should be left to dry before it is watered again.
Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
Another succulent that could be grown indoors is the panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa). It is known for its silvery hair and good looking flowers, which make a perfect decoration, to complement indoor spaces. However, the flowers do not bloom so often, especially when under indoor conditions. They require bright indirect sunlight to grow. You can also expose them to a few hours of direct sunlight. You may water them occasionally, letting it to dry out between the watering periods/spells. During the growing season, the plant should ideally be fed once in a month for it to breed.
Zebra cactus (Haworthia attenuate)
In today’s world, the word ‘busy’ characterizes our daily schedule. But you can still decorate your home amid the busy schedules. Zebra cactus (Haworthia attenuate) is one of the succulents that require far less time for maintenance. It is a tidy little plant that does not take up much room. They assume a tidy form as they grow and their leaves have striking horizontal stripes of white that make them a sight to behold. When growing them, you my use shallow pot since the roots do not grow very deep in the soil. The plant sheds off its old roots to grow new ones, and it is therefore needful to report after every twelve to twenty four months. The plant is about five to six inches tall and wide, thus it uses little space. The leaves shrivel when exposed to direct sunlight. It should therefore be put near a bright south window. The soil should be left to dry between watering periods.
Living art makes life in a room worthwhile.