Succulents

Watering succulents

When to water

Succulents are mostly native to very arid climates, where exposure to high temperatures is frequent and drought can even be prolonged. Precisely for this reason many succulent plants develop with succulent leaves, which allow the accumulation of water in the rainy period to then use it when they are lacking. For these characteristics, succulents do not need a lot of water and overdoing it can cause the roots to rot and therefore cause the plant to die. Succulents should be watered with the resumption of the vegetative cycle, while watering will be suspended in the winter period. The frequency varies according to the characteristics of the plant, the pot and the climatic conditions: if the exposure to the sun is constant and if the pot is small,

Watering succulents


The quantity of water to be poured is often the one that most perplexes: maintaining the right balance is not always easy. The soil must be moist, but never too much and water stagnations must not form. Likewise, letting it overdry can cause pain for the seedling, which may show signs of stopping growing and developing. If the soil is deep, the water may be a little more, while for small pots, as seen, it is advisable to focus on frequency. It will also be necessary to take into account the exposure, preferring in general the hours with the sun not at peak, because it would evaporate the water too quickly. Some variations can be evaluated on the basis of the type of soil, depending on whether it is very or poorly draining. Furthermore,

Water quality


A detail to which little attention is usually paid is the quality of the water: not all are the same, and not all are suitable for feeding succulents. The ideal condition is that which allows the collection and conservation of rainwater, even if this is not always possible. Tap water can be used as long as it is not too rich in mineral salts, especially harmful if present in a high concentration. In some cases, with particularly unsuitable waters and very delicate plants, the growth of the seedling itself could be compromised. Even waters rich in chlorine and calcium are unsuitable, because these elements are deposited in the ground creating residues. For delicate plants, distilled water can be used as an alternative to tap water rich in limestone or mineral salts.

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