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In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word "succulent" comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice, or sap.

Succulents do best in soil that doesn't hold water. If your soil does not drain well, add some sand or gravel to increase drainage.

Succulents can grow indoors and outdoors as long as they are getting enough sunlight. If growing indoors, place the plant near a sunny window. South facing windows will provide the best sunlight.

The rule of thumb is to water succulents when the soil is dry. Do not water if the soil is still moist or wet. Determine how long it takes for the soil to dry completely and you can start a watering schedule. 

Succulents can survive in most climates. You must only be cautious if the temperature reaches below freezing or surpasses 100°F. Be prepared to relocate your plants on pots if you experience these weather conditions.

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