Adding plants to your home not only provides colour but can also deliver some amazing health benefits for all the family. At the Plant Collective we love succulents and even if you don’t have green fingers, there are plenty of plants that are relatively easy even for a complete novice to maintain.
One group of plants that can make a big difference to your home are succulents. These are very low maintenance and offer an attractive addition to the decor.
What Are Succulents?
Succulents are usually found in drought areas and have fleshy parts such as leaves and roots that are designed to hold more water than normal. The most common types of succulents are cacti which hold the water in their stems and don’t have any leaves.
The Benefits of Adding Succulents to Your Home
All plants have some benefits when grown in the home. For succulents, one of the main ones for homeowners is that they are quite difficult to kill off.
While some plants need to be sprayed and watered regularly, you can leave a succulent to get on with growing without much worry. They can also grow in a wide variety of different climates including during the winter. Succulents are also a great starter plant if you then want to move on to more maintenance-heavy varieties.
There is some suggestion that succulents help purify the air in the home or office. They don’t release carbon dioxide like other plants and can pull air that is contaminated down into their roots. They can also raise the oxygen levels in a room, even at night, which is why they are ideal for locations such as bedrooms.
If you live in a modern home, you may have a problem with low humidity because it is so well insulated. This can make the air feel dry and cause sore throats and coughs. Succulents release small amounts of water vapour that can help keep the air around you more natural.
Adding natural elements such as succulents to your home can also help improve your mental health. We can often be confined in sterile environments so adding a few living plants to a room makes a lot of sense and a huge difference to our health and wellbeing. Succulents help create a calming environment that allows you to focus more clearly and may even relieve stress.
What Are the Best Succulents for the Home?
Picking the right succulent for your home is important, of course. The great news is that there is a wide variety to choose from and they are all easy to look after.
Aloe Vera is one of the more popular succulents for the home and needs very little watering to survive. Cacti look attractive and are great for windowsills, especially when they flower. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, a donkey’s tail is a succulent trailing plant that looks great hanging from a wall.