The popularity of succulent plants like the CAL Farms 20 of 2″ Beautiful Rosettes is long overdue. They are cute. They are easy to care for. They come in different colors and sizes. They are good decorative pieces. What’s not to like, right? But before you jumpstart your succulent life, there are a few things you need to know first about this cute little potted plants.

1. Succulents originate from dry, desert locations.

Succulents came from areas that experience dry weather conditions such as Africa because they can store water in their leaves. This is also the reason why they are always confused as mini cactuses. Although there are cacti succulents, not all succulent plants are actually member of the cacti family.

2. Succulents get their name from their juice- or water-filled leaves.

The word succulent came from the Latin word “sucus,” which means juice or sap. The plant was rightly named as such because of the nourishing leaves it has that can store water and help these plants survive during extremely warm and dry weather conditions. This also allows the owner to only have to water these plants once a week because they thrive in sunlight and dry air.

3. Succulents are present in almost 60 different plant families.

There is at least one kind of succulent in each of the 60 different plant families we have, including in the Cactaceae (cacti) and Xanthorrhoeaeceae families. The latter is also home to the aloe vera.

4. Succulents come in almost every shade of color.

It is normal and expected to have succulents in color green, but they also come in shades of blue, purple, pink, orange, and red! Sometimes, there are even two to three colors in one succulent. This makes these such an easy option for decorating homes, offices, and events.

5. Succulents are pest resistant.

This is one good reason why these are such a breeze to take care of. You don’t have to worry about pests in your garden or inside your homes. Although there are times that they also suffer from pest problems, these are very minor. If the succulents are outside, the most probable cause are scale or aphids. If it’s inside, the problem could be fungus gnats, mealybugs, woolly aphids, or spider mites.

6. Succulent cuttings can be used to grow new plants.

One of the benefits of succulent plants is its sustainability. To grow new plants from the old one, all you need to do is snip off a succulent leaf and let it dry under the sun before planting it in dirt and nourishing it with water.

7. Succulents are often confused for succulents.

Here is the thing: all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. What makes a cactus a cactus is its thorns, which are basically the counterpart of leaves.

8. Succulents are present during Christmas.

Have you heard about or seen a Christmas Cactus? It’s so pretty and grow just around Christmas time. These are basically poinsettias. You know, those things we put on Christmas trees.

9. Succulents are being used on jewelries.

Believe it or not but succulents are now on jewelries and it grows while you use it. You can put it on your wrist, your finger, and your ears.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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