There’s something about adding a plant to a room that just makes it feel more sophisticated. You know what I’m talking about!
If you’re like me, though, keeping plants alive is about as easy as remembering to clean the toilet tank. Luckily for people like us, it’s still possible to brighten up a living space with plants that aren’t made out of plastic.
Here are 6 reasons why succulents make awesome house plants:
1. The rumors are true: succulents are extremely low maintenance
Remember that time when you killed your boss’s office plants because you forgot you were supposed to water them while she was away? Luckily, succulents are a bit more forgiving than your typical plant when you forget to water them, though contrary to popular belief, not all succulents are cacti.
2. They tend to resist pests
I debated making this the first point in my list, because it’s so important to me. As much as I love looking at flowers, even if I did have a green enough thumb to keep them alive, I can’t stand the way they attract bugs into the house.
If you share my disgust for things with six legs that crawl, succulents are a great house plant choice. We had one in our house for about 6 months (RIP, Planty) and not once did it attract any bugs. If only I had known about number 7 on this list…
3. Succulents increase the air quality inside your home
Okay, so this is true of most house plants, but succulents are no exception!
As you may remember from the photosynthesis lessons in elementary school, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen in return.
Unlike most other plants, though, succulents continue releasing oxygen into the air all day long and into the evening. This is uncommon, as many plants tend to stop releasing oxygen at night and instead release carbon dioxide.
So basically, your succulent is like a tiny little air filter that you don’t even need to plug in!
4. Succulents help prevent the air in your home from being too dry
While we’re talking science, did you know succulents also release moisture into the air? I don’t know about you, but where I live, it can quite dry during the winter months, and I don’t even think about going to sleep without turning on my humidifier.
That’s not to say one or two little succulents can compare to the cloud of steam I typically sleep next to, but every little bit counts in those dry winter months.
5. They can survive in just about any environment
There is a catch though: not all succulents are created equal. In fact, there are more than 20,000 types of succulents across 60 different plant families. Take a quick look at the label before you buy a succulent to make sure your home can actually provide a suitable environment for it.
6. Succulents come in just about every size and color
This makes sense knowing how many different kinds of succulents there are. If I’d had that knowledge sooner, I probably wouldn’t have spent the better part of a year scratching my head and wondering why my small succulent didn’t grow to be as large as the large one my mother had.
Hey, live and learn, right?
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But I also didn’t know that not all succulents are green. Generally speaking, you’ll want to steer clear of the purple and orange shades if you’re only looking for indoor plants, but multi-colored succulents can be a great way to brighten up your garden outside.
7. Those leaves that fall off aren’t garbage
As I mentioned earlier, this information came a little too late for me, but I’m sure glad I know it now! When you start seeing the leaves fall off your succulent, don’t just throw them away like a fool; you can plant those leaves to grow new succulents! Pretty cool, huh?
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Admit it, you’re thinking of places right now in your home where you’d like to add some succulent planters. Just remember to make sure the sun can reach them, and have fun adding some awesome plants to your home décor!