Crazy for Succulents!

It seems everyone these days is crazy for succulents!  These plants are great for indoors or outdoors, and with minimal effort, you can easily have success with these interesting plants.

What is a succulent?

  • Any plant with thick, fleshy water storage capabilities
  • Succulents have adapted to dry conditions throughout the world, from Africa to the deserts of North America.
  • Succulents have a variety of leaf shapes:
    1. Paddle leaves
    2. Tight rosettes
    3. Bushy leaves
    4. Teardrop shaped leaves
    5. Trailing Leaves
  • Cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti!
  • Succulents are extremely shallow rooted and rely less on water for their roots and more on the storage of water in their leaves.

Light and Temperature Requirements:

  • Bright light, such as a south-facing window!  Outdoors in full sun!
    • Watch the leaves for indications of too much light, which may show up as scorch marks, either white or brown
    • Too little light and the succulent will begin to stretch; the stem gets longer and there is more space between the leaves.
  • Ideal temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees, with cooler nighttime temperatures between 50-55.


  • In the summer, check succulents every week or two.  Dirt should be allowed to dry between waterings.
  • In the winter, plants go more dormant, so cut watering back to once every month or two.
    • Overwatering is the main reason most succulents fail.  Too much water causes the roots to rot, and there are not many roots available on the succulent to take up excess water.
    • If overwatered, plants will be soft and discolored.  Leaves may be yellow or white and lose their color.  You can try to remove the plant from wet dirt and replant into a drier soil mix.

Planting succulents is easy and fun!  For more information, follow this link from Southern Living Magazine.

There are so many different ways to use succulents.  At Waukesha Floral, we love to send gardens for any occasion.  We find our customers love the look, easy care and versatility of this crazy-popular plant group!


An interesting succulent garden for indoors or outdoors. For information on this great 3-leg contemporary container, give Waukesha Floral a call at 262-542-8152.


Succulents range in color… gray, green, pink, burgundy, red. They are beautiful!


Spilling from a glass planter, this beauty seems to want to find its own path!

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