‘Succulent’ is an umbrella term for a large group of plants that generally have thick, fleshy leaves that hold a lot of water (the name comes from the latin for ‘juice’). They’re found all over the world, almost exclusively in very warm places that have periods of drought.
The swollen leaves give you a good clue to how to look after them. Because they can store lots of water in their leaves, they don’t need frequent watering. The warm habitat they come from means they enjoy lots of light. Remember that and you should have very little trouble.
You'll also help them grow healthily by giving them a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer (make sure to use feed specifically formulated for succulents and cacti).
Did you know?
The only continent that has no native species of succulent is Antarctica