Indoor succulents: The rising stars of your garden
“The home gardener is part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part plowman.”
John R. Whiting
Love the natural greenery in your indoors, but have failed again and again with the houseplants. No need to worry succulents can to make your dreams come true.
These tough beauties are born to withstand adverse conditions with minimal care, but they are no less in loveliness, which they add to the ambiance.
The succulents have got another level of charm; they will add a fresh flavor to your surroundings. Along with that, easy to thrive aspect of succulents have made them quite popular, and they have become an essential part of the outdoor and indoor gardens of our home and offices.
While most of us are familiar with the beauty and ease factor of succulents, there are some more benefits that they bring into our lives.
Although their newer benefits are getting explored every day, here you will find the list of some of the known benefits of growing succulents in your indoors.
Easy to grow/less demanding Indoor Succulents
Indoor succulents are easy to grow than regular houseplants, which makes them a hot favorite among home gardeners. They ask for lower efforts and care and also need less nourishment, which is why their chances of surviving in an indoor garden are much higher in comparison to other houseplants.
Indoor Succulents Can thrive in every climate/season
Most of the succulents are native to desert areas, while some belong to the tropics; situations are quite harsh over there. Because of that, they are accustomed to adverse conditions. And therefore, thrive efficiently in our gardens in all climates, and that too with minimal care. Although they have got their favorite season and they also the ones that they dislike; but, they are sturdy and quite resistant to adverse situations, which helps them thrive in harsh weather too.
Need less sunlight for Indoor Succulents
Indoor succulent varieties require artificial lighting and brightness, as they do not need direct sunlight exposure for a long time. Sunlight needs of indoor succulents are relatively lower than other houseplants. This feature of succulents makes them a preferable addition to an indoor garden.
Indoor Succulents are less complex
As succulents need minimal nourishment and care for growth than other houseplants, they require less fertilizer, water, insect spray, etc. with limited use of water, etc. they are more suitable to have in rooms, lobbies, on tables, etc. Some succulents absorb moisture from the air, making them preferable for bathroom, storehouse, or other humid corners of your home.
Growing succulents indoor adds radiance to your indoor
Succulents add vibrancy to indoor with their unusual charisma; they liven up the dull atmosphere. With minimal care, they will decorate your home in every season of the year; they will bloom up with blossoms of multiple colors.
The natural greenery spread by them brings sanctity to the home atmosphere and heightens the aura with their unusual fragrances.
Indoor Succulents Improve Humidity
As indoors do not get revitalized with fresh air regularly, their moisture content drops down with time. Succulents release moisture in the air during the photosynthesis process; this brings balance to the moisture content of the home atmosphere.
Balanced moisture content helps avoid skin and health issues. You can evade health complaints like sore throat, dry and itchy skin, common colds, dry cough, etc. if you have an array of succulents in your home.
Improves the air quality
Research says that succulents can remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, making the air more breathable. They absorb the contaminants suspending in air and send them to roots for using them as their food. In return, they fill the indoor atmosphere with a fresh batch of air.
Filled with medicinal qualities
Some species of succulents like Aloe Vera are famous for their medicinal and herbal qualities. Leaves of this plant produce a gel-like substance, essential for cosmetic, medicine, and nutrition products. And with increasing awareness about home remedies, this succulent is considered as a boon for nature lovers. Along with that, multiple other varieties of succulents are famous for their medicinal benefits.
Adds fresh batch of the oxygen
Succulents exhale oxygen at night and inhale carbon dioxide, making them a positive addition to the indoor garden. Having succulents in closed and congested places like bedrooms, kitchen, study room, bathroom, etc. is considered fruitful, as they balance the oxygen supply over there.
Improves focus and memory
Regular touch with natural greenery is said to improve focus and cognitive benefits among children and adults. And growing succulents at home is the best step to bring Nature to your home. Studies show an hour daily with Nature improves memory retention by 20 percent in children, which can further improve their performance in all activities. So, it’s a good move to have succulents in the bedroom, study rooms, library, or the rooms where children spent most of their time.
Apart from the above, there are many more benefits that will encourage you to have these lovelies in your indoors. Some you will find out yourselves when you will give them a place in your home, they have got some healthy and beneficial surprises for everyone.
Grow your indoor succulents
Having a succulent at your home is a start; giving them the right atmosphere to grow healthy is the next step. There are some factors that one needs to consider for ensuring a favorable environment for the succulents.
Select an appropriate succulent type
Before purchasing a succulent plant for your indoor, you need to consider the weather of your locale. If you experience extreme chill conditions in winters, you need a different variety of succulents, and if you belong to a hot and humid region, your succulent preference will change. Also, sunlight conditions matter at home, as mostly all succulents like sunlight, but indoors like it for a limited time a day. So, you need to assess whether sunlight comes inside your home or not, or it is restricted to windows only, etc. According to that, you may plan the location for your planters.
Choose the right container and soil
Containers for succulent should be the one, which has a passage to remove extra water or moisture. For that, succulent pots have a hole at their bottom, which provides water passage and adds an alternate route for air. While glass containers may look good, but one should avoid it as a long-term potting solution, as they do not have an extra passage.
Succulents prefer well-draining soil, as they do not like to sit in a lot of moisture. So, you will need to consider the potting soil mix that you prefer for your succulent. The right combination of potting soil and perlite is believed the best, with a topmost layer of gravel for water and air passage.
Control the sunlight exposure
As indoor succulents like limited exposure to sunlight, mostly the morning and evening one, refrain from exposing them to afternoon sunlight. Harsh sunlight can harm the succulent, which is more comfortable with limited sunlight exposure. But, on the other hand, giving no sunlight exposure to them also make them behave weird leaves may wither, go spindly, etc.
Regulate the watering process
Succulents are habitual to drier climates and can withstand dry soil comfortably. Refrain from watering your plant frequently; overwatering will rot their existence. Water a succulent only when the soil is too dry; you can dig in your finger for 2-3 inches inside it to assess the dryness before watering. And if it feels moist, then you should wait before watering.
Fertilize once a year
Succulents prefer watering before their blooming season, as they need extra nourishment from soil for their blossoms at that time. So, first, check for the active season of yours before making a fertilizing move. Seasons like winter, when most of the succulents are in hibernation, they do not require fertilization, as they are not actively growing.
The above information is pretty helpful for the beginners, who are planning to have a succulent variety for their home. As it will help them not only to understand the benefits of these plants but also will guide them to bring one in their indoors and to take care of it. After you have a succulent, more questions will arise in your mind, like when should I trim it, why its leaves are falling off, etc?
Answers to these questions will be better understood when you have a lovely succulent; and access to an informative blog on your computer. So, first, purchase a succulent for your home, and then bounce back here for more valuable info about these beauties!