Succulents: The Holy Grail Of All Plants

Succulents: The Holy Grail Of All Plants

Not all plants have to have big, colorful petals to be beautiful.
117
views

I remember the first time I laid my eyes on a succulent: I was walking through Lowe's in search of some flowers to plant in my garden. The poor little fella must have been misplaced because I found him among the tigerlilies. I thought to myself, "Well, that's an odd looking cactus." Honestly, I was a little turned off by the conspicuous plant. I ended up buying some geraniums and calling it day, not even thinking twice about it. Three days later I realized that I hadn't watered my precious geraniums even once. Feeling both outraged and foolish, I tried to bring the dried flowers back from the dead by practically drowning the planters with water. Too late, they were too far gone.

Confession time: I have an awful memory. It doesn't matter how many times I try, I always end up forgetting to water my plants. I am, without a doubt, world's worst gardener. However, I don't give up easily. I went back to Lowe's where they recommended I get a low-maintenance plant. The extremely sweaty yet surprisingly chipper employee walked me over to the area of the gardening section where I found myself staring at dozens of the strange little catci I had seen earlier that week. Feeling slightly disappointed, I sighed and eyed the succulents from a distance. I really wanted something with color; a plant with big, beautiful, colorful petals that I could admire every morning while drinking my morning cup of coffee. Then I thought, "Actually, these things are pretty cute. They're a little weird-looking, but I guess I can get used to it. I guess I'll start with a couple and see how it goes."

Six months later, and I can't believe that I was ever hesitant to buy a succulent. Now I wonder why I didn't get one sooner! This is the first plant I haven't killed! Actually, I killed a few...survival of the fittest, right? Regardless, I realized the reason these plants are so easy to take care of is because they store water in their leaves. Once I got past the fact that I could actually keep my succulents alive, I became a little obsessed with them. I even started calling them my children. Before you start judging me, just hear me out.

Since I've already made it clear that these plants are practically immortal, I think that it's obvious how low-maintenance they are. All you have to do is put them in the sun and make sure to water them once a week during the summer and once every two weeks during the winter. Also, I wouldn't recommend leaving them outside when temperature gets below freezing. Succulents like warm conditions because cold temperatures will cause the water that is stored in their leaves to freeze and can result in death or mushy leaves.

Remember when I complained about wanting to have a big, beautiful, colorful plant? To my excitement, I have discovered that succulents come in all kinds of colors. Although they are most commonly shades of light green, some succulents can be shades of pink, orange, purple, and even light blue. This is due to different levels of sun exposure. When succulents aren't receiving enough sun, they tend to be dull. In contrast, succulents "blush" or turn different colors when they receive a lot of direct sunlight. When fully blushing, some succulents can even turn shades of red or almost black.

Trust me when I say that succulents are super durable. Mine have survived torrential rain, thunderstorms, 60-miles-per-hour wind, and even hail storms. My cat even chews on the leaves with his razor sharp teeth and they are seemingly unaffected. What's even cooler is that you can use their leaves or "cuttings" to grow even more succulents. It's called propagating succulents.

My absolute favorite thing about succulents is that they can live in anything. Just because they are a plant, doesn't mean they have to be put in a pot. In fact, they can go in just about any container you can imagine: a mason jar, a teacup, a mug, an old soup can, a random bowl, a repurposed wine bottle, a vintage birdcage, the list goes on and on! Moreover, succulents aren't impacted by gravity so they can be made into a unique wreath or even a vertical succulent garden.

Bottom line: Succulents are pretty much the holy grail of all plants. They are regarded in many cultures as being sacred, wise, and even bearers of prosperity. Sure, they may look a little strange upon first glance, but give one a try. Even if you do forget about it for the first week, chances are that it won't die and you'll end up enjoying the company of the little fella more than you thought!

Cover Image Credit: Mom Central

Popular Right Now

I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

41672
views

Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

This Month Of Love, Give For The Love Of Dolly

Dolly Parton inspires us in more way than one, especially during the month of love.

4
views

Do you watch tv? Of course, we all do because of its part of how we keep ourselves entertained. Did you watch the Grammy's? Did you see all the entertainers perform? They were wild and crazy. All the entertainers there, in my opinion, deserved a Grammy for all their hard work and the music that they perform all year round every year.

There is one person that we don't hear from much anymore and that is Dolly Parton. She is a wonderful and talented lady and I believe that no matter who you are, you should be inspired by the work she has done over the years. We should not only be inspired, but try to be like her in our own way. She is one special and talented lady. She has many famous quotes to look back on that can touch us in different areas of our lives. One of the quotes I wanted to touch on is "if you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." This can touch us no matter if we are twenty or sixty-five. Like they said at the Grammy's, this is how Dolly made her career so influential. No one was forcing her to stay where she was at and to feel miserable, because that's not how life should be. Only we can take control of our own lives--no one can dictate our dreams besides us.

There are many names that we don't hear much anymore in the news or for the great work they do in communities around the United States. Why is Dolly so influential? She is the Founder of the Dollywood Foundation which funds money to the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. What does this foundation do exactly? This foundation provides books to pre-schooled age children every month. She is not only receiving awards and taking credit for the hard work she puts into it but she also gives back to the community and isn't selfish with her money like some celebrities can be. Many of them just take the credit and we don't hear much of the greater deeds that they might do for others. It just slides under the rug!

For the love of Dolly, be inspired and do great things for others and your community. No matter how big or small!

Related Content

Facebook Comments