If some ways to identify your succulents are what you’ve been looking for, you are reading the right guide on how you can easily identify your succulents.
What are succulents?
Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems or roots. Some of the more popular succulent genera include: Agave, Aloe Vera, Crassula and Euphorbia. Most people grow succulents as a hobby because they’re easy to care for and don’t require too much sunlight to be happy.
The succulents most familiar to many people are the plants that grow in a rosette shape, like Aloe Vera or Crassula Ovata (sometimes also called “jade plant”). Some succulent genera have one-sided leaves, others may have thick fleshy stems with no leaves at all and some think of cacti as succulents.
One of the most important ways to identify your succulent is by observing how it grows in relation to other plants around it. It’s also helpful for newbie gardeners to learn about some things that might kill their prized plant, such as over-watering or too much sun exposure.
How to propagate succulents
If you want to have a lot of succulents but don’t know how, all you need is an established plant and some clippings.
Take the clippings from your existing succulent that has at least two sets of leaves on it, then put them in soil with enough water so they’re fully submerged. In about a week the clippings will start to grow roots and then new succulents.
It’s important never to take more than one third of your plant, because that can have negative consequences for its health. To propagate from an established succulent, just break off some leaves which should be about three inches long, put them in soil with enough water so they’re fully submerged and leave it in a sunny spot.
A succulent garden not only provides a stunning sight that will impress your guests, but also offers stress relief while increasing the air quality in your room. Below are some tips on how to care for these plants and maintain their beauty:
Basic care tips
- Water them once every one or two weeks during the winter.
- Place them in the sun for at least four hours a day, but always remember to keep their soil moist and never let it dry out completely.
- Water your plants with distilled water or rainwater if you live in an area that has hard water. This will ensure they get enough of what they need without any buildup of minerals.
- When you water your plants, make sure to soak the soil and not just get them wet from the top down. This will ensure they are getting enough of what they need without any buildup – especially for succulents that have a shallow root system like aloes or echeverias.
- If there is little light in the room, place your succulents near a window or buy an artificial light for them.
3 ways to identify your succulents
- If your succulent has fleshy leaves, it is more likely to be a Crassula perforata. These plants have stems that are found underground and possess an “open” appearance with large leaves on the top.
- If your succulents have thin but sharp points at the end of their leaves, they could be a Kalanchoe. These plants grow in small clusters and have deep red flowers that bloom from December to March.
- If your succulents are black, they may be a Haworthia limifolia. This plant is the most cold tolerant of all other varieties and prefers wet soil conditions with little water drainage or drought stress.
If you have more questions more ways to identify your succulents, how to care for these plants, or need an advice on what type of plant needs to be watered more often than others and when they need their soil changed, please leave some comments below and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.