Succulents

Best pots for succulents

Succulents: origin, appearance, numerous species

Succulent plants, commonly called fat, take this name from the thickness and fleshiness that characterize their stem, leaves and roots. This peculiarity is due to the special type of tissue that composes them, the aquifer parenchyma, which has the ability to absorb the little water available in the regions of origin, acting as a reservoir, and releasing it when needed, in long periods of drought. typical of arid and dry places where succulents have adapted to live. There are thousands of species, divided into different botanical families, even very different from each other in shape, size, colors, but all very original and exotic. Even the form is determined in the evolution for survival, and in fact to minimize respiration and transpiration these plants take on the strangest forms, flat, sphere, rosette, and the dimensions are generally reduced. Some species have even transformed the leaves into thorns, thus entrusting the chlorophyll function to the stem.

Types of vases: different materials, shapes, sizes


When you decide to grow a potted plant it is important to choose the right one, the choice may be partly dictated by personal tastes or the aesthetic needs of the environment in which it will be placed, but it should depend above all on the size and species of the plant. On the market there are different materials, each with characteristics that make it more suitable for a specific plant or environment. There are heavy materials such as earthenware, concrete, stone, wood or light ones such as plastic, resin, polystyrene. The advantages of an earthenware pot, in addition to beauty, are the fact that it allows the soil to transpire, which then dries out quickly enough, making water stagnation more difficult, and does not retain heat. It has the disadvantage of being heavy, of making it more difficult repotting operation, and to absorb and then release to the plant any chemicals used for cleaning. Plastic pots are lighter and stronger, but they retain heat and do not let the plant transpire well, so the water takes longer to dry.


In choosing the most suitable pots for succulent plants it is necessary to consider the size of the plant and the type of roots, only the multiple and tangled ones fit each pot, but most of the time it is advisable to choose a rather tall pot, also considering the layer drainage to be created on the bottom. The pot must not be too small, even if succulents tolerate them more than others, nor too large, because this means more land and therefore more water retained. The succulents fear above all the excess of humidity, therefore the most suitable material for the pots for succulent plants is the crock which, as mentioned, allows the soil to transpire. It is also possible to use a saucer in which to place sand or earth to be wet in place of the soil, so that the pot absorbs the little moisture from the substrate and transmits it to the plant, therefore in a constant way. Plastic pots are generally not suitable for succulents, as black ones especially retain heat and transmit it to the plant, which can favor pests and fungi.

Best Pots for Succulents: The growing needs of a succulent plant grown in a pot


Succulents are generally characterized by limited growth, therefore they do not suffer and have no particular problems grown in pots. It is necessary to choose a good soil, possibly specific for succulent plants, and keep it well drained to avoid the dreaded stagnation of water, responsible for rot and general weakening of the plants. Repotting is not necessary often, however, when the roots begin to protrude from the bottom, it means that the plant suffers from a lack of space and it is time to repot it. If the roots are too long, the ends can be cut off, letting them dry out before watering. Even if they adapt to live on arid and poor soils, for succulents grown in pots it is necessary to supplement the nutritional elements, since at a certain point those present in the soil are exhausted. The best time for fertilization is at the vegetative restart, usually in early spring.

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