Changing of the Greens

April 21, 2014

Changing of the greens…

Move over Lucky Bamboo you have now been replaced. If you haven’t noticed lately – take note – the whimsical lucky bamboo that we have been using throughout our homes for the last 15 years is now being chased out of town by the return of the succulent.

Succulent plants are everywhere from your local botanical garden gift shop and across the highway at your local home improvement store. With juicy leaves, stems, or roots, succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy-care choices for your home. Most importantly they look stunning planted alone or as companions.

There is multiple color variation of succulents: blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black, variegated, and more. The leaves may be rounded, needlelike, berrylike, ruffled, or spiky. Some types have an enticing “touch-me” quality — even cacti.

“Lucky” for us, most are easy to grow because they evolved with special water-storage tissues that allow them to survive in environments that are too dry for most other plants. Succulents like the dry humidity and warm conditions found in most homes, and while they like direct light, they can adapt to lower light. They all prefer a fast-draining potting medium that’s not watered too often.

David Brown

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