Thursday, July 25, 2013

For The Love Of Succulents

Succulents have found their way into my heart.  I love these little beauties because they are the easiest plants to care for and perfect for our busy life style.  My daughter first noticed these plants last Summer when she was looking for things to put in a terrarium she was making. What started as a fun diy project evolved into a hobby after making 5 additional terrariums over the next year.  Now she and her sister keep an eye out for interesting containers that would be suitable homes for her growing garden.  

Succulents come in a variety of shapes and colors and their thick, fleshy leaves and stems add interesting patterns and textures to the containers.  These plants are originally from arid environments so they store water in their leaves and need very little care to flourish. Off-shoots can be divided and transplanted easily.  We were surprised this year to find that the hen and chicks she used in one of her containers sent up a stalk of whimsical pink flowers.  In my research I discovered that this happens when the hen reaches the end of a three year life cycle, after sending out multiple new plants or 'chicks'.

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