These plucky little plants are having something of a heyday at the moment, and you’ll find plenty of inspiration for creating a succulent garden on Pinterest, Reddit and other social media sites. If you’d like to introduce more greenery into your apartment, here’s a look at why succulents could be the perfect choice for your space.
1. They’re fairly hardy
If you’ve killed many a house plant through lack of watering, then succulents may be for you. While they do require a certain level of care – more on that below – as drought-tolerant plants, they tend to be a bit more forgiving if you occasionally forget to water them.
2. They come in a range of shapes and colours
There are many different types of succulents, and they come in a variety of shapes and shades. So whether you’re looking for sharp and spiky or soft and rounded, muted grey and green or bright and cheerful, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from.
3. And they’re incredibly versatile
You can use succulents in a variety of ways throughout your apartment: position them on window sills, group them on coffee tables, add a few to your bathrooms, create an indoor succulent wall, or place trailing varieties in hanging pots.
How to care for your succulents
While succulents don’t need a lot of tending, you do need to get the basics right.
- Water: Give your succulents a good soaking and then let the soil dry out for a few days before watering again. Once a week usually works well – keep an eye on your plants to see how they fare – and remember that they may require more water in summer and less in winter.
- Light: Succulents generally like light, so make sure they get enough of it during the day. Try to place them near windows or in rooms that get a lot of natural light.
- Drainage: Use a suitable soil mix (ask your local nursery for advice) and be sure to plant your succulents in containers that allow for good drainage.
Grow your collection
While nurseries are able to operate under Level 4 of the lockdown, you can also order your succulents online and have them delivered to your home via websites like Plantify and Atrium Plants.