No matter how expensive your home decor is, having a few indoor plants will make any space feel more welcoming. There’s a succulent craze lately and for good reason. There are quite a few benefits of growing succulents indoors and some of them go beyond aesthetics.
Succulents go well with any kind of decor, from minimal to Mid Century, industrial and even farmhouse depending on what you put them in. These hardy plants are easy to find but also easy to multiply. You just need to gently pull a leaf from an existing plant, let the end dry for a few days then place it on soil. Add water about once a week and a new succulent will sprout very soon.
Benefits of growing succulents indoors
OK, so now that we can agree succulents are awesome, lets talk about the benefits of growing succulents indoors and also the easiest ways to make your succulents thrive.
There’s huge color and species variety
The fact that succulents come in so many colors and shapes allows us to create interesting mixes. You can combine a few in a teacup or go all the way and make your own succulent wall and blow away you guests.
All succulents need is a sunny spot and water once a week during summer (and once a month during winter). It’s safe to say these plants are not fussy and will survive even the laziest of people. Just set a reminder on your phone so you don’t forget watering them at the needed intervals.
You can place them in almost any container
Want to have a rustic succulent planter? Use an old boot, a crate or a colander. Want to give it a fancy vibe? Place your succulents in a hanging planter or in a bird cage for example. Or maybe you’d like a room that’s brought to life by nature. Then you just need to make a succulent wall!
Some succulents have health benefits
Some species of succulents are actually medicinal plants. You probably heard about all of them, but never thought you could reap their benefits by growing them in your home. But why not? Besides purifying indoor air (like basically any plant) you can use these succulents to treat various ailments.
If there’s one type of succulent you should have in your home is’t definitely Aloe. The plant is used for medicinal purposes both internally and externally. The gel that’s inside aloe leafs can be applied on bruises, cuts, burns, and it’s also an excellent remedy against rashes and eczema. Internally, aloe is taken as a mild laxative, to treat bowel diseases, osteoarthritis and fever.
2. Prickly pear
Cactus might not have a friendly appearance but it does have health benefits. Prickly pear is rich in fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants so you can cook with it, drink it as a juice (prickly pear smoothie anyone?) or take it as a supplement. Prickly pear has anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used to threat gastric acidity, asthma, diarrhea and even high blood pressure.
If you ever drank tequila, than you already ingested some Agave. However, thank’s to the plant’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties it’s also used to treat cuts, burns and to help wounds heal faster in general. It’s also a nutrient rich plant but keep in mind that eating too much can cause digestive issues so use it sparely in the kitchen. Also, eating it is a no-no if you’re pregnant.
Yucca is another succulent that’s being used to treat cuts, scratches and other minor wounds. It’s anti-inflammatory properties is the reason why it’s roots are used to make tea as a natural pain relief for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Succulent maintenance tips
Now that you know the benefits of growing succulents indoors, let’s see what needs to be done in order for these amazing plants to thrive.
First of all, succulents need well draining soils. You can buy special cactus and succulent soil or improvise by adding a layer of pebbles or sand at the bottom of the container, especially if it doesn’t have drainage holes.
Regarding watering frequency the best rule is to water only when the soil is completely dry. This can vary depending on season, local weather…etc., so just observe and find the right watering frequency for your own plants. And I already mentioned they’re resilient – this means that if you forget to water them for a while or you go on a vacation and there’s no one left to tend to your succulents they won’t die. But it’s not something you should do often, at least not if you want your succulents to thrive.
Also, try to water just the soil and not the plants themselves. Water left on leaves can lead to rotting and leave unsightly marks.
Succulents enjoy indirect sunlight most. If you keep them in direct sunlight for a long period of time you’re going to see some negative effects. And if the area where you’re keeping them doesn’t get enough light they might start to grow towards the light instead of straight upwards.
As you can see, succulents are quite easy to maintain and there’s a lot of room for creativity when it comes to making your own succulent combinations. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, I think it’s possible to properly care for succulents with a minimal amount of effort.