Garden succulents

succulent garden plants: Cereus peruvianus

Cereus peruvianus is a succulent plant belonging to the Cactaceae family and is highly appreciated for its large flowers and its elongated shape. The stem is erect and equipped with thick thorns that perform the function of the leaves and that originate from tiny protuberances gathered in tufts. In summer the Cereus flowers bloom in all their splendor with shades ranging from the purest white to the most intense red, but only at night. Cereus prefers properly drained soils and a secret to keeping the plant well is to place fragments of earthenware under the roots because in this way you can avoid dangerous water stagnation. The plant, although it can withstand the intense cold, must always be exposed to the sun, air and heat.

succulent garden plants: Echinopsis

Echinopsis is a genus of plants native to South America and is one of the most popular cacti among cactus enthusiasts. Its luck lies in the extreme simplicity of cultivation and reproduction (through suckers) and, above all, for the incredible flowers that can even exceed 20 cm in diameter. These are white, pink, orange or red in color and are joined to the plant through a long stalk. Unfortunately they have a short duration and only in very large plants the blooms are abundant, in other cases the flowers remain on Echinopsis for a couple of days, but their beauty is truly amazing! Planting Echinopsis is very easy: just place the suckers on the ground and press them gently: if the soil is dry enough,

succulent garden plants: Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum, or also “mother-in-law’s tongue”, is a succulent plant of the Hylocereeae and is an “epiphytic” species, that is, it uses the support of other plants as a support to develop. Its stems are waxy, articulated and twisted, with a flattened appearance and many ramifications. Although it is a cactacea, Epiphyllum does not produce thorns and its flowers branch out along the entire length of the branches, reaching even considerable dimensions (about 15 cm in diameter). Like many garden succulents, also in this case the Epiphyllum flowers last only a few hours but have really beautiful colors. To grow well it is preferable to use a mixture of sand and peat to mix with the soil, to avoid water stagnation around the roots. L’

Succulents for the garden: succulents for the garden: the Lithops.

The Lithops, or living stones, are masterpieces of nature and the result of a truly extraordinary adaptation to desert conditions. These succulents belong to the Aizoaceae family and come from the desert areas of South Africa. They are characterized by their particular shape of the leaves which are only two and unite in a kind of inverted cone, centrally divided by a furrow. They are round in shape, fleshy and in the center of the plant there are water tanks that allow the Lithops to survive even for very long periods of drought. These are small plants (a few centimeters) and have a deep root system. The flower is single, yellow or white, but due to the precarious climatic conditions of origin of the plant,

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