The Trendiest House Plant Out There: Succulents

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Hellooo Vegalicious Ones,

Happy December! My friend Jess has gifted us with this blog post on succulents. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have. Thank you again so much, Jess! 

Jeff Sheldon

Photograph by Jeff Sheldon

 

If you’re looking to grow your green thumb—and some charming little house plants—you should learn the essentials of planting succulents. These are best known as the plants that store water, making them a great option for amateur gardeners. Their ability to retain water is quite impressive, and many varieties produce nutrients that can be extracted and used to treat certain health and skin conditions.

Recently, succulents have seemed to surpass any other house plant in popularity. These little plants have been called a mainstay of the green revolution, making them popular for many individuals who are conscious of their environmental footprint, like vegans. What’s more, some varieties are edible, making succulents even more useful and attractive to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.

Why Everyone Loves Succulents

In addition to looking nice and adding ambiance to any space, succulents possess their own unique style and are always reasonably priced. You can go days—or sometimes even weeks—without watering the plant, making it quite simple to learn how to maintain succulents. These plants basically thrive on neglect, which mean they are a great fit for people with busy schedules and for water-conscious consumers.

Many people also love succulents because they come in a range of fun colors, sizes, and shapes. Finding a stylish, trendy container or pot at your local thrift store can be your succulent’s new home. And, succulents don’t attract as many pests as other plants since they don’t require much watering, making them ideal for any indoor space.

Knowing Which Succulents You Can Actually Eat

Before you bite into one of the leaves of your succulent, you should be aware that not all succulents are edible—some are even toxic and poisonous. However, certain varieties of succulents can be consumed, including:

  • Dragon fruit

  • Barrel cactus

  • Saguaro cactus

  • Stone crops

These succulents are safe and healthy to eat, and can be consumed either in raw, grilled, juiced, or mashed form. Dragon fruit is particularly trendy for smoothie bowls and salads, making it a unique, brightly colored additive for vegan meals. As for the other variations, try harvesting the stone crops or the cactus meat and grilling them up for a veggie stir fry.

So, now that you know all about the charming characteristics of succulents, you can incorporate them into your at-home plant collection and even try adding them to some of your favorite vegan dishes.

 

 

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About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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