An article on succulents by the kid writers of LF2SF. Last friday there was another succulent article but the editor lost the article just after it was published, so here's a re-do.

So, as you guys have (hopefully) seen from the title, or if you haven’t seen it yet (because my editor does make mistakes), today’s topic (and title) is Let’s Talk Succulents. I’ve decided to make up this new genre of my posts called Let’s Talk, because honestly, sometimes, when I’m writing a post, I just want to go completely off topic from some of the other stuff I usually talk about, and just for one post talk about this completely different subject… like for example, today’s “let’s talk” subject: SUCCULENTS.

Now, before we start on succulents themselves, let’s go over a couple other things first that I feel should be included in this post: first of all, the word or term Plant Parent (sometimes also Plant Mom or Dad) is a term used for someone that (in my opinion of the word; I don’t actually know the complete term) has lots of plants (usually in their house) and said plants, if they’re kept in the house (I’m just gonna keep going as if they are) are like, overrunning the house:  Pothos plants climbing the ceiling like they’re in the wild, Monstera plants making entire rooms feeling like a jungle and if you just walk around said plant parent’s house, you literally start sweating because of the humidity. There are various reasons why a person becomes a plant parent: for some it’s a hobby that becomes an addiction or perhaps they just had to rescue all of those poor plants from the big bad nursery!  Or, one of the recuring memes I see online is that said plant parent got a plant at the beginning of the pandemic because..why not? Why shouldn’t I? After all, everyone else says that they’re so great! And I’ll be spending so much time in the house anyway… boom, bam, several magic noises, many, many more plants, and, said person is suddenly realizing what a terrible great decision it was to get a plant!

So, second of all, more words to go over: the word succulent itself refers to a type of dry-weather desert plant. Your plant is a succulent IF:  a) it likes LOTS of direct sunlight b) it doesn’t like too much water c) it doesn’t like high humidity. Some tips I would recommend for first time succulent parents is: depending on how much sunlight your succ likes (for example, some succs like shadier spots then others), stick it in a windowsill and again, depending on your plant’s preferences, water it maybe once a week? If you’re still unsure or wanting to know more about watering times, a big thing that you might not realize (and this applies to all plants) is that overwatering, the term, does not mean your plant will drown if you water it too much. What, did you think that if it rained too much a plant would die? Nope! Overwatering doesn’t refer to how much you water it but rather when. If you water a plant, it doesn’t matter how much you water it, as long as you allow the soil to appropriately dry in between watering times, you’re good to go! And this is a general rule with any plant, not just succulents. Now, I realize that in this post I haven’t actually really written too much on Succs specifically, so let’s go do that before I run out of time.

So, you’re wondering if you should get a succ for the first time… but where to start? Well, first you want to do a bit of basic research first; don’t just jump headfirst without knowing what you’re doing. Now, you’re wondering what type of succulent should you get first (and I do mean just the first… there will be many, many, many more succs and other plants. You have no idea.)? Well, generally, the three musketeers of plants in general is the ZZ plant, the previously mentioned Pothos plant and the Snake plant, just for starters. Anything else I would just recommend you looking online, doing some research, and finding a plant that suits your needs 😀

Out, K

The kid who wrote this article lives on a cruising sailboat full-time and does collect her own succulents.  Although we’ve run out of room for her collection of plants, we try our hardest to fulfill everyones requests.  Thanks for reading and I hope this article was informative.  If you like the writing, FOLLOW us-




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