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4 Reasons Why You Should Grow Succulents
Feel like freshening your home? Plant succulents in and around your home for a touch of freshness.
Written by By Natalie Echeverria
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

They’re low maintenance. Succulents are native to warm, arid climates and are adapted to store water in their leaves, roots and/or stems, so you won’t have to water them as often. Their waxy coating prevents water from escaping through evaporation. However, do water them enough or they will stop growing and eventually shed their leaves. But don’t overwater them—they will lose their color and become weak. Be sure to research how much water your succulent will need to stay healthy.

You can bring them back from the dead, sort of. Succulents are practically the phoenixes of the plant world. They can be reborn from their own cuttings. Just cut a leaf, let it form a callous and plant it in a pot with soil. Take care of it as you normally would a whole succulent, but be gentler—be sure to not overwater or underwater it and that it does not receive too much or too little bright, indirect sunlight. The leaf will take some time (weeks to months) to produce roots, so don’t despair if it doesn’t happen overnight.

They’re diverse. Succulents come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. If green isn’t your color, there are white, red, yellow succulents as well as other colors. While there is an array of succulents available, the rules for maintenance are generally the same all across the board.

They’ll spruce up your decor. Speaking of color, succulents will add low-key pops of color throughout your decor. You can also get creative when it comes to their storage. You can store them in little pails, tea cups, bird cages or whatever else you come across. Just make sure that the container can drain water or else the succulent will become overwatered.