Increasing Growth of Succulents
When we think of succulents, we think of a group of plants growing in warm, dry habitats with minimal rainfall and desert-like conditions (Figures 1 & 2). Horticulturally, succulents denote those plants with large, fleshy leaves or stems capable of storing water. Numbered in at least 20 different plant families, many are desert plants or certainly inhabitants of dry areas. The numerous cacti are examples, but others commonly grown include the popular Aloe, Agave, Crassula (Jades), Echeveria, Sempervivum, and Sedums. Since succulents have adapted so nicely to adverse conditions, it is easily understood why they make such superb houseplants. Where other plants fail in the hot, dry atmosphere of New England homes, the succulents often succeed.
Source: • Connecticut Greenhouse Newsletter #84