I love plants. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know how much I love plants and taking care of them. They are one of the biggest reasons and contributors of me getting over my anxiety. We lived in a bungalow around 15 years ago and we had over 150 plants in individual pots. We moved out to a comparatively, very small, 2bhk apartment, where we live now and we somehow managed to get all of them. We have 105 plants now, which I water everyday, without fail.
My mom is a botanist and has a lot of knowledge about, well, plants lmao. We have a lot of crotons, bamboos, legitimate trees, succulents. Succulents are very easy plants to take care of. A myth about succulents is, they don’t need water. They do need water. They can thrive in absence of water, which doesn’t imply in any way that they don’t require water. They also need soil through which water is easily passable and drains quickly. They require proper drainage to prevent root rotting.
Here are, 5 of my favourite succulents.
1. Nerve Plant
Finding succulents where i live is such a task. It took me about 3 trips to one of the malls to get this succulent. I wasn’t very sure if i wanted to get this. It was very, well, undernourished when I bought it. It’s around 3 months and it’s pretty healthy.
Keep the soil moist, most of the times and do not expose to direct sunlight for longer durations. Yellow leaves should be cut.
2. Zebra Cactus
There are around 80 varieties of these succulents available. This was one of the two succulents I bought myself on my birthday. The tips of the leaves were broken. Some of them did regenerate, some of them didn’t.
Yellowing of leaves could signify a lot of sunlight. Less water required in winter.
3. Rainbow Sand Rose
I bought this a few days ago from a plant exhibition I went to. This was also one of the healthiest succulents I have bought. The leaves have a gradient from pink to green
Low or moderate watering. Adequate water needs in winter to prevent the leaves from shrivelling up.
A few months ago, we bought a fake silicone, i guess, version of this succulent. Ever since, I’ve been finding this succulent everywhere I go. Every nursery, every plant shop, I never found it. Until a few days ago, i went to this plant exhibition and found multiple sellers selling this.
Easy to grow. Can tolerate heat and direct sunlight. Can also tolerate droughts. Pour water and let it drain. Don’t water until the soil has dried completely. Avoid watering the plant itself and water the soil.
Echeveria cv. Huthspinke
For some very weird reason my mom hates cactus. I don’t know why, but she doesn’t like the concept of having cacti as a house plant. I love cacti and well, have quite a few.
Ruby Ball Cactus/ Red Cap Cactus
The pink top and the green cactus are actually 2 different cacti in one. The top pink portion has no chlorophyll, which makes it pink and not green. It cannot survive on its own and hence it’s attached to the green one below it.
The pink top shouldn’t be exposed to a lot of light. On the contrary, the green cactus require light and love bright areas. The light should be such, that the top pink colour shouldn’t fade. Water draining is essential.
Grafted Gymnocalycium Cultivars.
There are many sub species of cactus balls and a lot of resemblances. I tried to individually find the species and it was difficult. I used many plant identifying apps but there wasn’t any specific result or resemblance between these cacti and the results.
Yellowing shows high sunlight. Move to a lower light area occasionally. Well drained soil and low water requirements. They’re also super easy to grow and maintain.
I’m not very sure about the names. Here’s a link with different types of cacti and their names.
So yeah, that’s about it. These are my cacti’s and succulents. I’d like any criticism in the comments. This was my first lifestyle blog as a whole. I wanted to try and explore. I’ve been blogging about my life since the last 2 years but here’s something I thought I should give a try. Comment or message me if you want more of these blogs.
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