The word "succulent" means juicy and fleshy, and refers to a plant's ability to absorb and store great quantities of water in stems or leaves.

Cacti are succulents, but then so are the burro's tail, jade plants and crassulas in the sunny room at right - along with dozens upon dozens of others.

Most (but not all) succulents thrive only in the very high light conditions at a northern or western exposure. As you might expect with desert-growing plants, they are accustomed to air that's on the dry side. And if temperatures drop into the 50-to-60-degree range at night, so much the better; succulents prefer to sleep in a cool room and won't mind at all if you decide to save energy by turning down the thermostat.

How to propagate your Succulents by taking a cutting
Take cuttings in the spring or summer, when the plant is in its active growth period. Snip off two or more stems or leaf dusters, and set them aside in a dry place, away from the sun, for one or two days. This dries up Juices in the cut ends and lets them begin to heal. Then root the cuttings in a planting medium.

How to propagate by taking a scale
Some succulents, such asa  burro's tail, grow plump little leaves known as "scales." Each of these is a potential new plant. You just snap off scales and let them dry for a day or two.

Now, insert scales into planting medium, cut ends down. Don't push them in deep - just

enough so they'll stand up as shown. Do not add decorative stones until new plants reach two to three inches in length.

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