What is a Succulent?

What is a Succulent?

Actually, some botanists and horticultural experts differ on which plants are technically succulents but ‘Succulent’ is an umbrella term for a large group of plants that store water such as in their leaves and/or stems.

This diverse group of plants are popular as houseplants and in the garden and generally don’t require a large amount of maintenance.

The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning 'juice', or 'sap' and the water content of some succulents can get up to 90–95%.

Some species may be able to handle longer periods of time between water than others, but in general, succulents need less frequent water than other types of plants. In fact, over watering is the number one reason most inexperienced succulent growers fail to keep their plants alive.

The reasons for this are many:

  • They’re low maintenance. They require less watering and little to no pruning.

  • They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. This includes plants are striking and aesthetically pleasing which can easily find a home on a desk.

  • They attract fewer pests. The thick, waxy leaves of succulents are also more difficult for pests to penetrate and feed through.

  • It’s very difficult for most to overgrow. Easy to contain, these plants can be placed in small pots and placed almost anywhere.

Jade plants are beautiful succulent plants, which are resilient and easy to grow.

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