Succulents

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How and when to water succulents

Often small and perfect in an incredible symmetry of shapes and colors, sometimes large and imposing, succulents can be grown by anyone, at any latitude, as long as they choose those suitable for their spaces and climate. Succulents are so named for the peculiarity of accumulating water inside them, in order to cope with the long periods of drought characteristic of the areas of origin. This makes it clear how humidity and excess watering may not be pleasing to a plant accustomed to different conditions. Of course, succulents also need to be watered and if not done correctly, the plant will probably not die in a short time, but it will slow down its growth and will not give the spectacle of its often amazing flowers. The succulents should therefore be watered in summer when the soil is dry, avoiding the stagnation of water that is deleterious for each plant, but in this case really dangerous. During the winter, irrigation must be suspended for plants placed outdoors, and carried out once or twice a month for those kept indoors, with the exception of some varieties that always get wet, however, in dry soil.

Grow and care for succulents


Succulents are part of a large family that includes Cactaceae and Crassulaceae, as well as Agavaceae and Aloaceae. Since they come from different climatic habitats, some from areas close to the desert, others from the tropical forests of Asia and Africa, they have different needs: the former are more accustomed to great droughts, and the latter preferably for humid and less luminous climates. Those with little space can choose small, slow-growing varieties, which however produce very beautiful flowers and are characterized by particular shapes.If you have more space, rock gardens are much appreciated, where the plants must be arranged with a certain symmetry – the large ones in the background, the smaller ones in the front row – and alternating with rocks and stones. The rock garden does not need much care,

When and how to fertilize succulents


Fertilization serves to provide succulents with the nourishment they need to grow healthy and flourish. Thanks to it, the plant is helped to find the ideal conditions for its development and elements typical of its areas of origin. Fertilization also serves to fortify them to allow them to live well in a climate to which they have adapted, but which is not theirs.The composition of a good fertilizer for succulents includes above all nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. part of nitrogen, three of phosphorus and five of potassium. Excess of one or the other element could be more harmful than useful; for this reason, the not very experienced gardener is advised to rely on a good product on the market, specific for succulent plants. the resumption of this operation must be after the winter rest. Towards March or April the plants are watered, the soil is expected to dry and the subsequent irrigation will be given with the addition of fertilizer, following the doses indicated on the product. The general rule is that succulents are fertilized approximately once a month.

Succulents: How to exhibit and care for succulents


Depending on their country of origin, succulents may want a very sunny or partial shade exposure. The cacti, all thorny, but not only, are fine in the sun, as long as they are not brought there suddenly, while the crassulaceae, with succulent leaves, are also fine in partial shade, but always in a warm and bright position. succulents can be attacked by fungi and parasites. Among the most common we find aphids and scale insects, which must be fought with specific products. The red spider infests plants when the climate is very dry: it can be combated by increasing the humidity with some nebulization. Snails can ruin young plants; can be limited with common beer-based traps. Rot is a great enemy of succulents. Gray mold,

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