Beating the January Blues
What’s so sexy about succulents?
Succulents seem to be having a bit of a moment. On a recent tour of our shops, every single member of staff told me that these spiky gems were their most popular item; in some cases they were selling so fast they could barely keep the shelves stocked.
So what makes these little beauties so desirable? Here’s Gardenia’s guide to getting the best from this low-maintenance trend.
What are succulents?
Not to be confused with cacti (most cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti), succulents are plants that use their leaves and stems to store water. This gives them a fleshy, sculptural look that creates impact and interest both indoors and outside.
Common succulents include aloe, agave and crassula (also known as the money tree!).
How do I display them?
Because they are so ornamental in themselves, it doesn’t take much effort to make your succulents stand out.
Glass jars, metal cans, zinc buckets and terracotta pots are all perfect for adding texture and contrast to their glossy green or chalky purple leaves; we use moss to hide the roots and create a natural feel.
They are also perfect in a terrarium – check out Pinterest for ideas on how to plant yours.
Are they difficult to look after?
Succulents are hands-down the easiest houseplant to care for; in fact they make a perfect gift for someone with not-so-green fingers.
Originating in deserts and other dry areas, they are drought-resistant and (rather like a camel) able to store water in order to survive long periods without a drink. All they need is for their soil to be soaked once in a while – then don’t water them again until the soil is completely dry.
For more ideas on displaying your succulents and tips from the team on how to look after them, visit us in store soon.