Mermaids might not be real, (sorry, sailors of yonder olden days), but these plants might be the next best thing. Mermaid tail succulents are a good compromise!
In folklore, mermaids have been given a downcast shadow among the mythical realm. Thought to have brought many who dared to sail the seas to their untimely end, the half woman-half fish entity has always been considered a thing of rare beauty.
To those who believe in symbolism and alternative meanings, mermaids are seen as an interpretation of independence, freedom, and the ability to overcome obstacles and ‘go with the flow.’
The most powerful part of the myth, and the tool used to navigate treacherous waters: the mermaid tail. Why not bring that intrinsically beautiful symbol to your home?
Even if you’re notorious for not being able to keep a plant alive, you’re in luck, because these types of succulents are one of the easiest to care for, especially compared to seasonal plants which can be quite temperamental.
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How to grow mermaid tail succulents
Scientifically named Senecio vitalis, and commonly referred to as “blue chalk fingers,” the Mermaid Tail succulent doesn’t require much watering at all once it is established and has grown roots. As long as there is plenty of sun, and the soil consists of a majority percentage of sandy grit and rocks, with the rest containing nutrient earth, you won’t have much maintenance to provide. Just make sure whatever pot or planter you decide to use, that there is enough drainage. Otherwise, you’ll end up with root rot, and the plant will have a slow, sad demise.
If a tiny space is what you’re working with, you might want to opt for a different type of succulent.
These Mermaid Tail succulents grow to about 1.5 feet high, and approximately 2 – 3 feet wide. Fully grown, they provide incredibly captivating scenery for any landscape or household.
The best part about these is that they propagate like most other succulents, so you can easily grow more from one plant. All you have to do is take a cutting of the “fingers,” or “tail fringe,” making sure to leave the piece intact, and place in sandy soil. Water once every few days until roots start to take hold, then restrict watering to once a week.