Reasons a Lifesaver Plant Should Be Part of Your Home or Office Décor 

The lifesaver plant is the coolest-looking, easiest-to-care-for succulent you can find. It can creep along, jut out in all directions, and sprout flowers that look like they came from another planet.

If you’re considering investing in one of these gorgeous Huernia zebrina plants, you’re heading in the right direction. Now, let’s work on keeping it in good shape.

A Lifesaver Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

A Lifesaver Plant Is Good for Homes and Offices

Native to the warm regions of southern Africa, where it is a low-lying plant that typically gets plenty of cover from taller trees and plants that provide shade, the lifesaver plant is a wonderful addition to any home or office space.

The long, thick stems with soft spikes will grow up and bow gracefully out of the pot to dangle down the sides. The flowers sprout in abundance, resembling a red lifesaver, (like the candy or the actual lifesaving buoy) bordered by star shaped petals in yellow and red stripes.

Like all succulents, the lifesaver plant, also called the carrion flower, will provide clean air by absorbing common household toxins and breathing out oxygen.

You can keep it in a large pot and allow it to spread its stems and flowers to a larger plant, or you can confine it to a smaller pot and restrict its growth. It can be perfectly happy either way.

Are Lifesaver Plants Good for the Feng Shui Flow of a Room?

Succulents are strong, vital plants that have longevity and can withstand many extreme circumstances. As such, succulents offer incredible feng shui energy.

Place it by your front door, so it can attract abundance and exude calm, reassurance, and resilience into your home. You can count on this plant for balancing energies that may feel out of control and redirecting misplaced energy.

Your lifesaver plant can even help you bring money, gold, and wealth as you get in touch with your true nature. In short, these succulents are excellent sources of positive feng shui energy, so you can feel great about welcoming the lifesaver into your home or office.

For those interested in learning more about feng shui practices, check out this master class article on how to use feng shui.

Are Lifesaver Plants Easy to Grow and Maintain?

Lifesaver plants, given the right pot and the right soil, are quite easy to grow and maintain. Before you know it, you’ll have one heck of a conversation piece.

How Do Lifesaver Plants Grow?

As a South African succulent, the Huernia zebrina grows well in bright, indirect sunlight with a little water and good air circulation.

What Kind of Soil Does a Lifesaver Plant Need?

The lifesaver plant calls for succulent or cactus soil, which offers a solid mix of inorganic and organic matter like sand, perlite, and nutrient-rich dirt. What’s equally important is to place the succulent in an unglazed clay pot, so the water can leech through the pot and doesn’t get trapped and waterlog the soil.

How Much Light Does a Lifesaver Plant Need?

The carrion flower requires strong, bright, indirect sunlight to grow. It’s best to avoid southern exposure as the midday sun may be too strong and stress the plant out, causing it to attract disease.

You’ll know the plant is getting too much sunlight if the stems turn dark red and start burning and crisping.

How Much Water Does a Lifesaver Plant Need?

The watering needs of a lifesaver plant change throughout the year. During the warmer months of spring and summer, you may be watering weekly or more frequently.

During fall and winter, the succulent will go dormant and require little to no water. You’ll know your plant needs to be watered when the top 1 inch of the soil gets dry.

For more information on watering plants, check out my other article for signs, tips, and tricks to avoiding watering mistakes.

Other Conditions that Are Important to a Lifesaver Plant

It is also important to note that the lifesaver plant would love fertilizer once a month during the warmer months, but during winter it does not need any.

Also, be sure you watch for mealybugs, which may infest the plant, especially when the soil gets soggy and invites root rot. If you do get mealybugs, spray the plant with neem oil and wipe down the stems.

Lifesaver Plant Decorating Ideas

What can’t you do with the lifesaver plant? There are no limits, really. You can place it on its own on a desk or side table, especially at the entrance to a room near a bright light source.

You could surround it with other succulents and create a desert garden effect. You could even suspend it from the ceiling near a window and allow those dangling stems to stretch their limbs.

Your huernia zebrina will brighten up any space and stand as a conversation piece for anyone who walks into the room.

Do Fake Lifesaver Plants Look Real?

Do Fake Lifesaver Plants Look Real

If you find, in the end, that you can’t keep up with the needs of the lifesaver plant, you can always opt for a fake version.

The nicest part of introducing this plant into your space, real or fake, is that the real one looks almost fake, so a fake lifesaver plant will fool even the most particular eye. You might even forget it’s a fake!

And if you’re wondering if artificial plants are even in style, check out my piece on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

You really can’t go wrong with a lifesaver plant, real or fake. So, get yourself one of these sweet little succulents, and you’ll never look back.

Do you have a lifesaver plant in your home or office? How do you care for it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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