The Winter Pinks
Everyone tends to associate the winter season with blue or white to signify the cold, bleak, and somewhat depressing nature of the season (white Christmas, winter blues, etc.). Succulents, on the other hand, celebrate the cold with a festive flair.
Certain varieties of succulents, such as the Echeveria 'Violet Queen' carried at Cactus Mart, change colors in the winter season during light frosts and other cold-related weather events. Not only do they change to just any color, but to bright and vibrant hues such as pink, violet, and purple. There are ideas as to why this happens including temperature, heat, moisture, and light management by the plant's various regulation systems.
New purveyors of succulents get bit by the succulent bug in the spring when said plants are blooming their bright and showy flowers. However, there is something to be said for gaining interest earlier in the year when the succulent's fleshy body color is at its most vibrant. This offers the opportunity to have two seasons of bright colors to dazzle the senses. No reason to wait until spring to start enjoying your garden, patio, or indoor arrangements.
If the winter blues are keeping you down, we don't expect just any plant to lighten the spirit. We do find that our plants bring a level of joy that is rarely obtained by other means. Maybe one's life merely needs a little bit more vibrancy and beauty to brighten those dark, cold, and unforgiving winter days.
January 25, 2018
Cactus Mart is a Cacti, Succulents, and Plant Emporium located in Morongo Valley, California.