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Rose Succulents: The Rare Plants That Could Have Come Straight Out Of a Fairytale

I could have sworn they were paper flower crafts and not natural plants. Rose succulents are literally one of the most beautiful succulent species in the world. Botanically referred to as Greenovia dodrentalis, these lovely plants have hard, curved multi-layered petals that give them the appearance of long roses. 

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Rose succulents are rare plants native to the Canary Islands. As of recent times, more people are starting to grow these plants due to the availability of their seeds online. Due to their succulent nature, they can retain water in hot climates and arid soil conditions.

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Rose succulents are beautiful, and they easily remind you of surreal fairytales. They mostly grow in shades of green, adding a fresh, lively, and magical appearance to your home or garden.

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Benefits of rose succulents

These plants aren’t just beautifying – they also have several wonderful health, environmental, and creative benefits common to nearly all succulent plants.

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For starters, rose succulents can help to purify the air in your home, like many other house plants, and work to replenish it with fresh oxygen [2]. Green plants require carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and in the process, oxygen and water are given off as by-products. They suck in contaminated air and release pure, fresh oxygen into the atmosphere. They also reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the [3]

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VOCs are harmful to the vital organs in the human body, especially the liver and the heart. These toxins contaminate the air by getting mixed up with other compounds such as oxygen and nitrogen. Benzene and formaldehyde are two VOCs that are also powerful carcinogens. 

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They are therapeutic plants. Rose succulent blossoms are so peaceful and beautiful that they are used in visual therapy to relax the mind and reduce physical pain. Horticultural therapy research conducted by Kansas State University suggests that the presence of plants, including succulents, in hospital rooms may help to improve patient outcomes.

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They can grow just about anywhere

Succulents are thick-leaved, fleshy plants that can thrive in any climate and survive where most other plants cannot, which is why they are so popular. Rose succulents would require a measure of bright light for photosynthesis. They don’t need to be watered so much because they have high water retention capabilities, storing water in their roots, stems, and leaves. Even in the hottest deserts, these plants can thrive for months without losing so much of their green freshness. 

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Grooming your Greenovia

Rose succulents germinate faster in gritty, fast-draining soil and are best planted in well-drained pots [4]. They should be nursed before transplanting to larger pots or to the garden. Plant your seedlings in a flat tray and water them minimally until they begin to develop leaves. You may then transplant carefully, making sure to keep them in brightly lit locations but away from direct sunlight.

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During the winter, it’s important to reduce the quantity of water the plants are receiving. They tend to retain twice as much moisture in the cold. Spring is also the best time to fertilize the plants and increase the water quantity again. Water them generously during the hot summer when the topsoil would most likely dry up quickly. 

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Avoid the use of insecticides, but you should always manually remove any insects or critters that may burrow in your plants. While they’re just doing what they need to, it’s best to remove them for your plant’s health.

Rose succulents are amazingly beautiful plants that should grace your home in potpourris, vases, pots, hanging bowls, and even cages.

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Sources

  1. 7 Benefits of Growing Succulents in Your Home.” Succulents. Succulen. April 4, 2018.
  2. House-plant placement for indoor air purification and health benefits on asthmatics.” NCBI. Ho-Hyun Kim, et al. October 8, 2014.
  3. Learn About A Rose-Shaped Succulent Called Greenovia Dodrentalis.” Gardening Know How. Grant Bonnie.
  4. Types of Succulents.” Succulents and Sunshine. Admin.
  5. What Is Photosynthesis?”  Live Science. Vidyasagar, Apama. October 15, 2018.
  6. Horticultural Therapy Research.” Kansas University. Admin.
Julie Hambleton
Freelance Writer
Julie Hambleton has a BSc in Food and Nutrition from the Western University, Canada, is a former certified personal trainer and a competitive runner. Julie loves food, culture, and health, and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others make positive changes and live healthier lives.
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