Good morning, grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy The Sunday Subject. This week’s subject is Succulents.
The plant of choice for anyone who loves the life that plants bring to your home but is totally incapable of remembering to water the damn things. Having said that, I killed my first succulent with love, over watered it and it rotted, most unpleasant.
Succulents usually come from a climate where water is scarce and have adapted to survive under these conditions. Their thick fleshy leaves are designed to store water giving them the ability to thrive where only mist or dew is a regular source of liquid. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap. Technically (or more accurately, horticulturally) there is a difference between cacti and succulents but I think in the world of ‘having a little plant friend to call your own’ you’d be forgiven for grouping the two together.
There are over twenty five plant families that contain succulents and some of those of those families have well over two or three hundred succulents in them. I’m not sure I’ll have room for them all on my dining room table but I’m prepared to give it a go.
For some further reading on succulent cultivation, here’s a list of articles from World of Succulents or maybe you’d like to learn everything there is to know about succulents and Cacti, in which case perhaps this 8 lesson online course is for you!
Send me some photos of your plants! Succulents, cacti or maybe just a bunch of cut flowers, I’d love to see any and all! You can do this via Twitter (@BeccyMundy) or via a DM on Instagram (beccy_mundy)