10 Amazing Benefits Of Growing Succulent Plants In Your Home
“Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul” - Terri Guillemets
We can't imagine our world without plants and trees. There are a plethora of positive effects that plants can have on our lives and surroundings. Plants and trees, as we all know, provide several benefits. If you take a little time to pay attention to them, they will reward you with a bounty of goodies in exchange for your effort.
Lots of different kinds of houseplants are available today. But we've been hooked on a particular one. Succulents! Because of its hardiness, ease of care, and adaptability to new environments, this will be your smart choice for house plants. Additionally, in recent years, this plant's appeal has skyrocketed as an alternative to standard houseplants.
Let us give you a quick history lesson on these little green babies so you can learn more about them and get a feel for this plant family. Don't worry! It won't be as dull as your regular history classes!
What Are Succulents?
So, first things first: What are succulent plants? Where does it come from?
You may be wondering after seeing pictures of these little green buddies plastered all over your Instagram and Pinterest feeds, decorating indoor spaces and offices. So, allow us to enlighten you on 'Succulents and their origins' briefly.
Succulent plants contain water-storing tissues that help them when needed, as they come from arid, dry environments like deserts. Water is usually stored in the plant's leaves, stems, or roots. Because of this, their leaves appear plump and juicy. It may come as a surprise to learn that the word "succulent" comes from the Latin word "sucus," which means sap or juice. And the history of succulents goes way back to the Ancient Egyptian period, but that's a story for another time.
Where Does Succulent Come From?
The arid, tropical, and subtropical zones are all home to members of this plant family. It has spread to a wide range of countries, with the majority of cases being found in:
- Africa (especially South and East Africa)
- Central America
- Southern & Northern America
- Northern Europe
At least some of the details about succulents should be less mysterious to you now. The benefits of growing succulents extend far beyond the aesthetic value of having a unique indoor plant arrangement.
Here are 10 amazing benefits of succulents at home and why it is a fantastic idea!
1. For A Breath Of Fresh Air
Along with technological and other advancements, dirt, pollution, and other toxins are also getting worse in the fast-paced world in which we live. No matter where we go, we are greeted with a black, gritty, and dirty atmosphere. Our home is a safe place from the toxins of the outside world, but what if that is not the case? So, bringing plants like succulents can help produce fresh air indoors! How?
Unlike most other plants, during the photosynthesis process, succulents produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide and other respiratory wastes. And this stable supply of oxygen will improve the quality of the air we breathe and the atmosphere around us. So, putting plants in the bedroom that clean the air, like Christmas cacti, Aloe vera, and Snake plants, can help us sleep better at night by giving us a boost of fresh air. Simply put, succulent plants reduce the level of pollutants in the air and give you a fresh dose of oxygen!
2. Ditch ‘em Air Purifiers
Air purification is another benefit of having succulents in the house. Air quality can be enhanced by growing succulents such as aloe vera and snake plants, which will remove toxins from the air.
According to NASA research, snake plants (Mother-in-law's tongue plant) can eliminate 87% of volatile organic compounds like toluene, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, etc., that are commonly found in books, carpets, bags, rugs, and ink. You can get rid of those distracting air purifiers and instead keep a few succulents dotted about your library or study area. That saves you some space and bucks!
3. Focus & Efficacy
Low-maintenance houseplants like succulents improve concentration and productivity. (If you find this truth funny, just simply don't!) Succulents release water along with fresh air, which helps in clearing up the mind and provides clarity in thoughts. Workers and students have said that being around plants helps them focus and pay attention better when they are studying or working.
The University of Michigan found (no, we're not done giving you reports) that subjects' ability to recall information improved by 20% when plants were present. Having some greenery around us has been shown to improve one's mood and concentration. This may be because their presence reminds us of the natural world, which has a calming effect on humans. Succulents don't take up much room, yet they may transform your stressful workplace into a calm and fruitful one.
4. Feeling Stressed? No more!
It's not as simple as it seems to take a break from your busy life by travelling to a remote island or hill station and letting the sun and sea rejuvenate you. However, we all know that nature and the lush greenery around us bring tranquility and serene.
Instead of booking a flight to the Nilgris or Bali when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed, try bringing some plants into your home or workplace and see how it's going to change your overall mood. Regular exposure to nature will also reduce stress for both children and adults, allowing them to perform better.
Research has also found that tending to your greens is a great way to lower stress, relax, and recharge after a busy week. Suitable for all you forgetful people out there, succulents are durable, fuss-free plants that could save you from more stress than any other indoor plant. Succulents have remarkable properties that allow them to survive and even flourish when neglected.
5. Health & Healing Factors
Do you have a dry cough, a sore throat, and flaky, itchy skin regularly? Then getting some succulents for your house is your best bet for avoiding frequent trips to the doctor. Although succulents can't heal you quite as well as doctors can. However, the humidity in your home will be enhanced when plants release water. And increased moisture in houses improves the typical health issues listed above. Study results from Kansas State University reported that hospital patients who were surrounded by plants had a quicker recovery than those who were not. Are you convinced yet? Next time you go out, get yourself a few succulents and pave the way to a healthier life!
6. Medicinal Values
In addition to their aesthetic matter, succulents are beneficial to have around because of their healing and medical properties, as we discussed before.
Do you know that certain succulents produce edible fruit? The dragon fruit is one such fruit, with a white luscious pulp and small black seeds that are extremely high in fibre, protein, iron, minerals, and calcium. Likewise, aloe vera is not edible but has a long history of medicinal use for anything from acne and allergies to dry skin, burns, and stomachaches. The following are some of the most effective succulents for their healing properties:
- Stone Crops
- Aloe Vera
7. Affordable & Aesthetically Pleasing
Are you feeling financially threatened by those Instagram-worthy homes and interiors? What could be better than combining low costs with chic decor? The answer is succulents!
Succulents may be used in unique ways and require little effort to provide a touch of beauty to any space. They are highly adaptable, so they can thrive in a wide range of temperatures, and you won't have to worry about your decorative pieces slowly withering away.
Succulents are easily available almost anywhere, so they're a perfect, affordable alternative to other, more expensive houseplants while spicing up the ambience and giving them more life.
8. Easy & Delicious Snacks
Some succulents, when given the correct care, will produce fruit that is high in protein and other nutrients, including iron, calcium, and vitamins B2, B6, B1, and B12. These plants are perfectly suited for the kitchen (however, we wouldn't suggest just picking one randomly and eating it). Not all succulents are toxic-free and edible, however, a few including the pineapple, sea beans, and yucca, are edible and can be used as food. In the cacti family, you can pick opuntia, purslane and saguaro to make healthy and yummy snacks at home!
9. Personalized Presents
Are you scrambling to have wedding and birthday presents ready at the last minute? No time to go out and get a new one? Never fear! Just choose one of these leafy little plants from your shelf, and you've got an instant, one-of-a-kind present!
Succulents' unique characteristics, such as their ability to thrive in a variety of soil types and temperatures, make them thoughtful and personal gifts. It adds a personal touch to it and shows that you put thought into the recipient's gift and value them as an individual. It is even believed that certain succulents bring affluence, prosperity, and fortune to their owners.
A succulent also guarantees that the present will not be returned, lost, or forgotten. Succulents may be found in a wide range of possibilities, each with its own set of bright colors and attractive appearances, making them a fantastic personalized present.
10. Fuss-Free To Look After
Do you have a lot on your plate, or do you do a lot of travelling? Do you want to have houseplants but are worried that they will die with no one to look after them? Succulents come into action here! Even when you're gone for weeks and months, these plants are perfectly capable of being all on their own.
This plant's variety doesn't need you to spend all your time tending and mending them. In fact, these are kind, undemanding, and forgiving plants that can survive for a long time even if you forget to water them once in a while. They don't need to soak in sun and water as they grow on negligence, with less attention or care. Succulents can thrive in the comfort of your home, and they will brighten the place up and keep it looking new and fresh.
Hold on, wait! Don't go just yet; we have more good news to share about these young greens!
11. Propagation Is A Breeze
Making new succulent plants is a breeze. They may be reproduced quickly and easily without the need for messy or complicated seeds or roots. There will be significant savings in terms of both time and money, as well as physical space. There's no need to break the bank to expand your succulent collection; just use cuttings of healthy succulent leaves and stems to start new plants.
“A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.” - Beth Ditto
Plants are indeed some of the most reliable allies we have in the natural world. They create an atmosphere of tranquillity, love, and harmony in our lives. There's just something about being surrounded by nature that calms the mind and soothes the heart, so it's a great idea to bring some productive plants inside to kick off a new healthy routine. We trust that you can now see the enormous value that these tiny succulents may add to your life and your house.
Let us know which one came as a surprise to you!Check out our other blog here about succulents!
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