Succulents have been rapidly growing in popularity. You can find them in almost every store! But why is this? Well, first of all what is a succulent? The Latin word succu means full of sap or juice, and the leaves and stem of a succulent are full of a sap-like substance. Also, a common misconception about succulents is that they are a type of cactus, however this is not entirely correct because a cactus can be a type of succulent, but not all succulents are a type of cactus. Kinda how a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not always a square situation. Now, what makes succulents so popular? To begin, succulents are very hardy plants, only needing to be water when the soil seems dry, about four times a month, maybe less. All succulents really need to thrive is occasional water, sunlight, and proper drainage. It is that simple. Succulents also form a white powdery like substance on their leaves and stem. This is a natural sun protector. Unlike many plants whose leaves will burn when placed in the sun, succulents provide their very own sunscreen which makes them even easier to care for! Along with being easy to care for succulents are also quite decorative and aesthetic. Commonly used as household decorations succulents can spice up any living area ranging in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They can even be used in jewelry. Since they do not need water very often, succulents are often placed in earrings, necklaces, and rings to create beautiful natural jewelry that will last several weeks.Succulents also have the amazing power to propagate, which means that if a leaf breaks off or you trim it off, a new succulent can grow from this broken piece. All that has to be done to accomplish this is to simply take a shallow dish of soil and place the fallen leaf onto it. After waiting a few weeks small segments of new succulent should begin to emerge from the leaf and eventually roots will form. Once you have new roots, you can place your new succulent in its very own pot! Happy planting!
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This article makes me want to go out and buy some succulents now that I know how to keep them alive.