Interesting Facts You Probably Don't Know About Succulents

If you've been on social media, watched any movies, seen advertisements, or just generally been online lately it's almost guaranteed you've seen some succulents. But as popular as these plants are, they are frequently misunderstood or misrepresented. Let's fix that. 

Often ads or tv spots make it look like succulents can thrive anywhere in your house. Sadly, that's not quite true. Most succulents need a substantial amount of light to stay colorful and compact.

Not Great House Plants

Many succulents are native to temperate areas of South Africa. As such, many succulents have a hard time when the weather gets extreme -- either cold or hot.

They're not all from the desert

Cactus are a distinct group of plants on their own, but they're actually part of the succulent family. All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. It's not a surprise these prickly plants fit into the succulent family.

Cactus are succulents

Succulents are considered drought-tolerant. However, people often take this to mean that succulents don't need very much water. Succulents like to have their soil soaked completely then dry out completely before watering again.

Succulents like water

Not all succulents are cold hardy, But there's a large group of Sempervivum, Sedums, and cacti that will all grow in freezing climates (down to Zone 4) that get several inches of snow in the winter.

Succulents can grow in the snow

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