Oh, I just love the pre-Halloween season, as all the spooky ideas, preparations, decorations, and thrill make it such a hell of a time!
Therefore, it is time to be unique this year, and spook your guests with some dark-shaded succulents carefully arranged around your house, they will haunt their nightmares and give them the jitters!
These dark beauties, which range in color from jet black to dark violet to deep forest green, have become popular on Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtags #GothPlants or #GothSucculents.
Black succulents come in various shapes, sizes, and eerie hues, so they are the (un)official décor of the season!
These plants have dark leaves, that look like monster claws, and they are all different varieties of Echeveria. Yet, you will surely pick the darkest shades, to get the amazing effect due to the contrast with the bright hues of pumpkins and gourds.
One of your best choices is the Black Prince, with its thick, dark purple rosettes. It is priced at $9.85 on Amazon and can grow up to six inches tall and eight inches wide.
You can also get the Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’, known as the Black Rose aeonium, which is another popular succulent with a dark shade, ranging between a dark purple and black. It is priced at $12.99 on Amazon and usually grows up to three feet tall with the rosettes of leaves growing to eight inches in diameter.
Its leaves are a dramatic burgundy-black color that stands out in planters, window boxes, and more, and being so shiny and dark, they almost look fake.
You can also try the ‘Black Knight’ echeveria, whose rosettes are thick, curved, with pointed leaves that are initially bright green but they actually get darker as they grow.
You can find succulents in various colors to customize your Halloween decoration, and for the best contrast, seek blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white and burgundy shades. Also, succulents can have starkly contrasting leaves that may be ruffled, spiky, rounded, needlelike, and berrylike.
Some of your best choices out there also include Sinocrassula yunnanensis ‘Chinese Jade’, and Echinopsis ancistrophora ‘Arachnacantha’.
The black plants are low-maintenance, and are easy to grow. Succulents prefer dry humidity and warm conditions, so keep them inside when the weather is cold.
Most varieties survive in environments that are considered too dry for most plants, as they have special water-storage tissues that help survive much longer without water than other plants.
Therefore, do not water them as often as regular plants, and place the pot facing a window that gets direct sunlight.
So, these dark-shaded succulents will help you do up your house in truly Gothic fashion this Halloween!