Sucker for succulents: Best low maintenance plants!

Having a few plants in your living space isn’t just good for health and decoration – it also sends a message that you’re a stable, responsible adult who knows how to take care of another living being. And having succulents will allow you to travel extensively via, simply because they’re such hardy plants that not even Saharan heat can kill them. That, plus you’ll have an abundance of sucking jokes and openers.

Christmas cactus.

Christmas cactus (true name: Schlumbergera) hardly looks like one: bright green stems and beautiful flowers (blooming happens around Christmas, though some varieties blossom around Easter) make it a perfect non-demanding house plant. Its notorious hatred towards moving is well documented; just leave it in one place and don’t move it around, otherwise it will surely die. Needs a few drops of water and a bright spot.

Crown of thorns.

Crown of thorns (true name: Euphorbia milii) looks like something out of Game of Thrones: thorny branches paired up with apple-green leaves and small, bright red flowers. Watch out of its juice (poisonous) and thorns (sharp as razors); despite the dangers involved, it’s easy-maintenance and makes every room brighter and more beautiful.

Pincushion cactus.

Pincushion cactus (true name: Mammillaria) must be the king of innuendos and double meanings – its phallic shape immediately suggest… well you know what we’re thinking! They tend to be on the small side (6 inches – that’s small for a cactus, ahem) but have pretty nasty thorns with hooks. They’re quite used to lack of water and low humidity, so you won’t have a problem with it while travelling – you can safely leave it alone for a few weeks, and it will greet you with budding flowers once you come back!

Yep, succulents even come in blue.

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