Don’t over water these tough hardy plants is the key to their success. All over the world plant breeders have risen to the challenge of producing plants of outstanding quality and incredible interest. Succulents are the perfect choice, not only do they look good they thrive on minimal care.
Succulents are the group of plants that save water for dryer times in their leaves, stems or roots and have adapted different ways to surviving harsh conditions. One of these features is prominent in all succulents.
Succulents that store moisture in their leaves have evolved different ways to reduce water loss. Crassulas have a wax like skin, some varieties have small evaporation areas and others form rosettes trapping any available moisture so it runs down to the base of the plant. Others reduce the amount of exposure to the sun, by clumping foliage close together.
Stem succulents reduce the loss of moisture through evaporation with non-existent leaves and the photosynthesis process happens through stems. Some stems have a series of fine hairs to trap moisture within itself.
Root succulents store moisture underground and this further decreases the exposure to heat and reduces moisture loss.