Treating succulents

How to care for succulents: watering and fertilizing

Many people think succulents require a small amount of water every now and then. During their growing season, these plants need regular watering and fertilizing. Most succulents have the growing period from spring through autumn and have the resting period from late autumn through early spring, when temperatures are cooler and daylight is short, and in full summer, when temperatures peak. During growth, succulents need to be watered at least once a week. When watering succulents, allow the soil to soak, so that the water flows out of the drainage holes of the pots. During the growing season, use a balanced and diluted fertilizer.

How to take care of succulents: exposure to light

Most succulents want light, but not all of them can tolerate it if it’s intense and direct, especially in combination with high temperatures. While the optimal lighting conditions depend on the species, there are some general points that indicate whether your plant has too much or too little light. If your plant is exposed to too much light, you will notice the duller color, as if it were bleached, yellow or orange. These discolorations can also indicate disease or excess water. If your plant is suddenly moved in very bright sunlight, or if the weather suddenly gets hot with abundant sunshine, it can burn. If your plant receives little light, it may turn pale and suffer if left in this condition for a long time.

Succulent care: how to choose the right pot

The vases come in all kinds of styles and are made from various materials. The materials used most often for ivasi are plastic and terracotta / ceramic (glazed or not). Succulents can be successfully grown in both types of pots: the choice of one over the other depends only on personal tastes. Plastic pots are lighter and usually cheaper, take up less space than clay or ceramic pots, and are easier to clean. Plants kept in plastic pots tend to require less watering than, in particular, those kept in glazed clay pots. The considerable weight of the terracotta and ceramic pots also gives stability to tall and heavier plants.

Treating succulents: How to cure succulents: insects and diseases

Succulents are, no doubt, difficult plants, but still not without problems. Aphids, snails, thrips and nematodes are some of the hosts that can leave their mark on your plant. Mealybugs are small insects about 3mm in length, which have an oval-shaped cottony cover. The massive presence of these insects on your plants signals the fact that they have been invaded by a disease. Mealybugs live their entire adult life feeding on plant sap. A plant infested with mealybugs will stop growing, weaken, and often eventually succumb and rot. Minor infestations can be managed by dabbing the offending insects with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.

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