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Succulents are a diverse group of drought-resistant plants that are perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any garden or home. These plants come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and their unique textures and forms make them incredibly seductive.
Succulents, like cacti, are adapted to store water in their leaves, stems or roots, allowing them to survive in arid climates. The main difference between succulents and cacti is that succulents lack the characteristic spines of cacti. This makes them a more suitable choice for indoor gardens or for areas where children and pets may be present.
Succulents are easy to care for and require very little water or maintenance. They prefer well-draining soil and bright, indirect light. They should be fertilized once a month during the growing season and should be allowed to dry out completely before watering again.
Aloes are a popular type of succulent and are known for their medicinal properties. The gel found inside the leaves of the Aloe vera plant is often used to soothe sunburns and other skin irritations. Portulacaria afra, also known as Spekboom is another popular succulent species, which is known for its ability to purify the air.
Succulents are also commonly used in food and cosmetics. The prickly pear cactus, for example, is a popular ingredient in many Mexican dishes and is also used to make a popular Mexican liquor called “tequila.” Dragon fruit, which is a type of cactus, is also edible and is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
In addition to their ornamental and culinary uses, succulents are also known for their air-purifying qualities. They can remove pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air, making them an ideal choice for indoor gardens and homes.
In conclusion, succulents are an excellent choice for adding a touch of elegance and interest to any garden or home. They are easy to care for, require very little water, and have many uses.
Join us this Friday 27 January 2023 for our FREE online workshop on: ‘Seductive Succulents’, with Garden Guru Sue Both.
Please use the following login details to join us at 11am sharp over Zoom:
Meeting ID: 829 2201 6893
or use the following direct link: https://bit.ly/3QEYPoI