As pet adoptions flew over the roof during the Covid lockdown to fill up the social void, so did the demand for house plants as many people sought other activities aside from binging in their favorite streaming apps, playing games on their devices, and spending time on social media.

According to NBC News, merchants went from selling 10 to 20 plants a day in 2019 to 200 plants daily during the lockdowns. An online shop without even having a physical store got over 67,000 sales alone from the lockdown period up to the start of the mass vaccinations in January 2021. Searches and inquiries for things related to houseplants have soared and vlogs involving them have thrived during the period too.

Although many people have tried becoming plant parents during the Covid lockdown due to the activity’s many benefits, not all of them have been successful as they didn’t turn out to have a green thumb after all. Even if they seemed to have all the time in the world taking care of their plants during that, it didn’t always produce their desired results.

In addition to time investment, many people have poured a lot of money into their newfound pastime. Aside from the cash they spent in buying plants, they also bought grow lights, humidifiers, gallons of distilled water, anti-pest spray, vitamins, fertilizers, gardening tools, and other materials to support their hobby.

If you are one of the unfortunate plant parents, don’t lose hope. Maybe you’re just not compatible with your plant. Why not try shifting to succulent plants?

Does Not Require Much Watering

Succulents are very easy to maintain. Unlike other plants, they do not require much watering. You can sprinkle it with water only once or twice a week and it’s good to go.

It is easy to spot signs that indicate when to apply more water or less of it. If your succulents and the soil where they are planted start appearing dry to the touch and the leaves start looking shriveled or lighter than their original colors, that’s the time you have to apply more water. On the other hand, stop watering them in the meantime if they appear soggy or darker than their usual colors.

Can Survive Varying Temperatures

Many succulents are hardy enough to withstand drought or even very low climates. For example, some variants of Aloe Vera can stand temperatures just below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degree Celsius) while other types of it can take temperatures over the 85-degree Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) mark. Despite the said facts, it is not always advisable to push them to their limits.

Stop watering your succulents during winters and keep them under a grow light if possible. In contrast, increase your watering frequency during summers when their soil and leaves tend to dry up easily.

Natural Insect Repellent

Succulents have chemicals that repel insects. Aloe plants, for example, have N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, which is a natural active ingredient used in many household insects like mosquitos, ticks, leeches, fleas, chiggers, and other pests.

One of the common pests that can withstand this particular defense mechanism of succulent plants are mealybugs though. However, these are easy to spot and eliminate using these mealybugs removal methods.

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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