The cocoon plants and other house plants are great and have many health benefits to offer us but most of us don’t have the “Green thumb” and prefer hassle-free care.Although it may seem challenging to grow plants indoors, there are a lot of options to reap the benefits of having indoor plants in your home.By choosing low maintenance plants, such as succulents and cacti, anyone can bring more green inside.
Consider choosing succulents and cacti and learn all the health benefits indoor gardens offer.
Adding succulents and cacti to your home, help keep your fresh air and remove toxins from the environment.
Plants absorb our respiratory waste (carbon dioxide), and they convert it into plant carbohydrates to build strong bodies that in turn create pure, clean, life-empowering oxygen for us to breathe.
Whether it’s the color and texture that calms the mind or the reminder of nature that makes us feel relaxed, Indoor plants are known to improve our mood and concentration.
Having succulents and cacti in your home or office will also make your day productive, peaceful and rewarding.
Cacti are great plants to have around for calmness, relaxation and intensive healing issues.
Some varieties, like Agave and aloe vera, also contain healing properties long used for remedying many ailments.
Agave is known as a natural antiseptic used to treat cuts and burns and aloe vera plants’ gel alleviates sunburns, cuts, and bruises.
Succulents and cacti are your best bet for adding a bit of greenery and visual interest to your space.
With their low-maintenance personality and shallow root system, these beauties are the perfect plants to use when creating a unique garden—getting art and nature in one space!
Tips to take care of the cocoon plants
Senecio haworthii is a very attractive perennial succulent shrub with 2 cm long cylindrical leaves that are densely covered by shiny silvery-white hairs.
The leaves are grouped by the stems, giving it a column appearance.
Its thick hairy layer is an adaptation that allows the plant to survive in temperatures ranging from -6ºC to, and even above, 40ºC, and is able to tolerate extreme periods of drought.
It produces bright yellow flowers in a short terminal inflorescence.
The cocoon plants have average watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem.
Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem.
This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings.
Seeds prefer warm temperatures, around 55˚F (13˚C). And constant moisture to germinate.
Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, early spring to fall.
Root in sandy soil, in containers.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
Plants are best divided and re-potted early in the spring when they move into a phase of active growth.
Senecio haworthii are quite happy to spend their summers outdoors but should be brought back into the house well before the first fall frost.
Because the sandy soil Senecio haworthii prefers is low in nutrients, apply a fertilizer (labeled for cactus and succulent use) just once a year in the spring. Too much fertilizer can cause leggy growth.
Pests: Scale and mealybugs will occasionally affect a Senecio haworthii, but generally they are pest-free.
Cocoon Plants like sandy, free-draining soil. They’ll rot in damp, soggy soil.
To re-pot my plant, I used Miracle-Gro Cactus, but there are a number of other brands with soil mixes for cactus and succulents.