Welcome to my first blog post, so what exactly is a succulent? I am not a horticulturist or scientist so I will keep this simple. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word “sucus” which simply means juice or sap. They are sometimes known as water storage plants and this is why, if you overwater them they will suffer, as they can only hold so much. If you see a succulent that has become wrinkly and old looking, then give it a good long soak of water. It is amazing the way it will absorb the moisture and become plump and succulent.
For the most part they are generally very hardy plants, but they still need love and attention. Succulents have the ability to thrive on neglect which is why they are so appealing as a garden plant or feature plant. It is my understanding most species originate from arid climates or harsh environments. Often these places have high temperatures and low rainfall, but this species still thrive. Areas such as Mexico, Brazil etc. This does not mean that you can plant a succulent in the hottest part of your garden, not water it and still think it will thrive. What is growing in the desert can be very different to what we grow in our own backyards or on our balconies. Like anything living it still needs some love and attention.
For me personally, what is most appealing about succulents is the colours and different shapes they provide. They are often used as ornamental plants in a garden because of their unique shapes and colours. Put in a single Echeveria or Graptoveria and watch it grow into a stunning feature as they multiply quite easily. Providing they are in a position that suits them, but that is another story. One last note. All Cacti are succulents but not all succulents are Cacti.