What is a succulent ?

A succulent is a plant that has tissue that can store water, thanks to which it can live for long periods in the absence of rain and other types of water supply.


The succulence has developed in over ten thousand different species, belonging to the most diverse botanical families, originating in the most diverse places on Earth.


There are three types of succulent plants: leaf succulents, stem succulents and caudiciforms. The succulence of the leaves is linked to environments with a short dry season.

The succulence of the stem, typical of the Cactus family, is present in environments with highly seasonal rainfall and long dry periods. In caudiciforms the reserve is located in the roots, the stem or in the portion between the stem and the roots. These species often produces annual stems that fall during the dry season.


Do they bloom ?

All succulents bloom, if they have the right age to do so and are grown in the correct way. Some bloom a few months after sowing, others need several years to reach sexual maturity. The flowers may be tiny or huge, last a few hours or several days.


How and where to grow succulents

Many succulents are easy to grow, but there are some general rules that must be followed if you want healthy plants: the soil must be well drained; watering moderate and limited to the growing season. Succulents can be grown anywhere: indoor, on a window sill, on a terrace, in the garden and, even in cold climates, in a greenhouse. To be successful it is important to carefully choose the most suitable species for the environment in which they will be grown.