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Stunning Succulents
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There are so many different types of succulents from which to choose. What many people don’t know is that all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. Each of these plants has their very own unique appearance and, in most cases, you will find succulents to be the easiest plants to grow.

Kalanchoe Pumila

Also known as the Flower Dust Plant, these succulents are native to Madagascar. It is in fact a dwarf succulent shrub and it is known for its medicinal properties. You will notice a few light spots on the leaves that have spiky edges. They grow up to 12 inches tall and the pink-violet flowers have yellow anthers. This plant enjoys at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. It also prefers temperatures above 55 degrees F. Moderate watering is best. If the top 5 inches of the soil is dry, it’s time to water again.

Aloe vera

This is a particularly famous plant and is known as medicinal aloe. Native to North Africa, South America, the Mediterranean and Caribbean it is easy to identify since it is a short-stemmed shrub. The greyish-green leaves have white specks and they also have little spikes. Some aloe vera plants produce yellow flowers. These succulents enjoy bright indirect light and temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees F. They should not be overwatered or they will die. You need only water them every three weeks in the winter.

Echeveria Elegans

Known as the White Mexican Rose or Mexican Snowball, these succulents are native to the semi-deserts of Mexico. They are low-growing plants and they produce pink flowers with tints of yellow. The tips of the leaves are also pink. They love full, direct light and temperatures above 25 degrees F. They are extremely resilient and they only need to be watered periodically during the warmer months. They do not need to be watered in the winter.

Schlumbergera Truncata

Also known as the Christmas Cactus, this plant is native to the South Eastern Brazil mountains. It blooms from November to January and produces beautiufl pink, orange, red or white flowers. It is a tropical plant which means that it does not like freezing temperatures but it also does not enjoy extreme heat. It prefers a reasonable amount of humidity and plenty of light (10 to 12 hours a day). The soak and dry watering method is best for this plant.

These are just a few of the top succulents from which you can choose to decorate your home. The best part of all is that they do not grow so fast that you have to repot them frequently. With just enough care, you can help any of these plants thrive.

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