7 Facts you Need to Know About the New & Stylish Gardening Trend: Succulents

When I log onto social media these days, my news feed is filled with beautiful indoor and outdoor miniature gardens containing vibrant succulents. Just in case you haven't heard, succulents are plants with fleshy leaves that can retain water very well. They typically are located in hot, dry areas like deserts, but can thrive in different places around the world including your own home. These tiny, thick-leaved plants have recently become incredibly popular almost overnight. Although they've always been around, it seems as though people are just now spreading the word about succulents because of the benefits these plants have when it comes to caring for them - they're pretty low maintenance! If you're interested in making these gorgeous plants part of your home or simply want to learn more about this popular trend, these succulent facts are for you!

1. Their shape, color, and size vary

Diversity is beautiful, and succulents are a perfect example of that! From tones of purple to shades of green with hints of red, you can choose from a variety of colors to perfectly match your home decor. Depending on the space you have in and around your home, you have a variety of size options to choose anywhere from a foot tall cacti to a small aloe plant. 

2. Depending on the succulent, you can grow them outdoors & indoors 

Some succulents thrive indoors better than others. For example, aloe and agave can flourish very well indoors if you place them near a window. Others can do great under a bright, heated lamp. This article from Gardenista informs us that succulents of orange and purple color should typically be placed outdoors. Every succulent is different in its own way, so just be sure to read up on what environment is best for the succulent of your choosing. Need some help identifying your succulent so you can properly care for it? Check out this Succulent Identification Chart.

Need more of a visual? Check this out from Heiton Buckley.


3. A select few produce flowers

According to this article from Ambius, the succulents that produce flowers are the Christmas and Easter cactus, other varieties of cacti, orchids, and euphorbias. These blooming beauties are a sight to see, and add bursts of color to their surroundings. If you're looking to add some flower power to your garden, these succulents are here to brighten up your outdoor space. 

4. They're super easy to take care of

For someone like me who doesn't have the time to take care of a plant that requires the attention of a small child, listen up because these plants are astonishingly low maintenance. The level of low maintenance care depends on the type of succulent you've chosen, but generally they follow the same standard care plan. Succulents require little watering, and pruning is far from a daunting task; in most cases, pruning is barely necessary. If you're a beginner to succulent care, check out these 10 succulents that are great for beginners from Drought Smart Plants.

5. You can get creative with planting methods

Have you seen the impressive succulent Pinterest craze that's been sweeping the Internet lately? If you simply search "succulent" in Pinterest you'll have access to hundreds of succulent planting ideas, a few of which I was very impressed by and have posted below. From wreaths to terrariums to innovative pieces of decor, succulents can bring style and creativity to your home with these planting ideas!

Learn how to make a succulent wreath like this from A Storybook Life.

Get the scoop on terrariums like this at Front + Main and discover what ingredients are needed for a display like this.

Also take a look at these garden planters to get you started on creating a home for your succulents.

Yes, this is the coolest coffee table you've ever seen. Homesthetics has the details on this crafty table containing succulents.

6. There are health benefits

Of course, there's the obvious health benefit that comes with having plants in your home: increased oxygen levels. But some succulents offer more than that. Aloe plants can treat small cuts and burns when applied to the skin and are packed with vitamins like B2 and B6, along with antioxidants. Plus, according to One Medical, certain parts of some succulents are edible and filled with vitamins, fiber, and protein. 

7. They're generally resistant to pests

Because they require much less water than other plants, succulents are great at keeping those gnats and other pests away since less water attracts less pests. Plus, those thick leaves you see above are not easy for pests to get into. Knowing this, you can feel more at ease about having these plants in your home.

Remember that although these incredible plants are low maintenance, they still require attention and care! When purchasing a succulent, read up on the specific care plan for that particular plant including how often it should be watered and whether indoors or outdoors is the best placement. Then enjoy all the health and aesthetic benefits that come along with owning a beautiful succulent! Perhaps consider starting up a succulent garden while you're at it!