Our Plant of the Month: Succulents
Succulents are our plant of the month for a good reason. They’re dynamic, interesting... and let’s face it, they’re cute! Here’s a closer look.
It’s that special day of the year.
New Year’s has already passed...so it’s not that. And it’s not Valentine’s day yet, either… yes, we’re referring to Houseplant Appreciation Day!
And of all the houseplants out there, is there anything better than the almighty succulent? We think not.
Succulents are so named because their leaves/petals/stems are, well...succulent. More specifically, they’re filled with water which enables the plants to survive harsh droughts and desert-type climates.
Though the health benefits of succulents usually aren’t obtained directly (in other words, don’t eat your succulents!), there are many benefits to be had regardless. And enjoying them is as easy as welcoming a few succulents into your home. Take a look:
Succulents purify the air. That’s because they have pores on their leaves that can trap in toxic gases like benzene or ammonia (don’t worry, they don’t seem to mind). Why spend $300 on an air purifier when you can buy 100 cute little succulents?
They also keep oxygen and humidity levels in check. Like most plants, succulents ‘breath in’ CO2 and ‘breathe out’ oxygen...effectively balancing out our combustion-style human metabolism. With enough of a succulent presence in your home, humidity can also be regulated. That’s because these little plants are great at storing extra water within their leaves!
Some of these benefits may be innate to virtually all plants, not just those of the succulent variety...that’s true. For example, houseplants of all sorts have been associated with improving memory and reducing the pain levels of their host family. But we’d challenge you to find another plant that looks as good as these ones while doing it!
Why We Love Them
We love succulents for far more than just their health benefits. The plants are simply perfect for brightening up a home!
Succulents also carry with them some pretty positive symbolism. Many succulents are associated with good luck. The Jade plant, in particular, is renowned for its high-vibing ability to attract wealth. According to some, its nourishing chi energy is great for personal wealth and prosperity.
Maybe it’s true, maybe it isn’t — but you’ll never know until you welcome a succulent (or ten) into your house.
“You can't buy happiness, but you can buy succulents! And that is pretty much the same thing.”
Great article – I love succulents but still haven’t got their watering & light schedule down to perfection. They truly are beautiful – their symmetry is breathtaking!