Thinking about getting a houseplant but not sure which one to get? We say, for starters, go for succulents. Trust us, with their Instagram-superstar looks and natural resilience to almost anything you'll never go wrong with these little green goodies.
We've listed down five of the top things we love about succulents. The same five reasons why you'll be hoarding these super plants to put inside your home in no time.
Succulents are colorful, classy centerpieces.
Forget about the boring cacti you see in desert settings for Western films because there's so much more to them than that. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors too, so there's definitely one that'll suit your taste.
Some of our favorite succulents include the rosette-forming Echeveria succulents, which come in many beautiful colors and thrives well in both indoor and outdoor locations.
Succulents can live in decorative containers.
Succulents in terrariums, teacups, elegant China, apothecary jars, Ball jars, unique-shaped containers – you name it, they'll thrive in it.
Succulents are natural oxygen tanks.
Remember first-grade science? We, humans, take in oxygen from plants and take out carbon dioxide. The plants do the opposite.
Plants not only make wonderful housemates because of this very reason. They also help amp up the oxygen level and may even potentially filter pollutants. Mix succulents with other indoor plants that are scientifically proven to target indoor pollutants like chemical fumes, such as Peace Lily, Gerbera daisy, spider plant, and English ivy.
Succulents are good for you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
This theory is backed by science, bro. As a matter of fact, a study done in Kansas State University suggests that plants like succulent work wonders in the recovery of patients who have undergone surgery even going as much further by recommending them as “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.”
Numerous researchers have also found that simply viewing or taking care of plants like succulents produce positive benefits in people directly interacting with them, including:
- Lower systolic blood pressure
- Reduced pain, fatigue, and anxiety
- Improved memory, concentration, and productivity
Succulents are fuss-free.
Succulents are unbelievably low-maintenance. They're drought-proof, which is a match made in heaven if you're a busy bee who's always running out of time, a jet-setter who rarely stays at home, or if you simply can't be trusted to feed and take care of another living thing.
Put them where they can get ample amount of sunlight during the day (depending on the variety, some don't like direct sunlight), say, your windowsill. Give them a good watering once a week or only when you see the soil dry. That's it. Easy peasy. In fact, it's that easy you can give succulents to your kids to take care of as pet plants.