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How to care for succulents

How to care for succulents

Simple and varied, very varied. Perhaps because of those many faces they have, succulents have become common for both gardening lovers and those who have little hand with it.

The fact that they take up little space and that, in addition, they can grow almost anywhere (either indoors or outdoors) make succulents a great bet to have a piece of Nature in almost any space.

However, one of the problems with these types of plants is that we tend to make the mistake of treating them like any other. A common failure in its cultivation if we take into account that succulent plants are a unique botanical family that has a distinguished representative that gives us clues about their care: cacti.

A simple way, to know that they are also succulent, to understand that their care is different. Different does not mean complicated (in this case, quite the opposite) but fundamental to be able to enjoy our plants as it should be: well cultivated. For this it will be necessary to use substrates and specific fertilizers for succulents.

Main care of succulents

Simple, but necessary to know to do it correctly and help our succulents grow strong. A great way to avoid pests, deformations or even death (something really complicated because of the type of plant they are).

Little water

Remembering the origin of these plants is how best we can realize that their water needs are reduced. Succulent plants are able to absorb moisture from the environment and retain it in their leaves, stems and roots.

This capacity is responsible for the fact that, on many occasions, we see this type of plants suspended in the air or in glass containers with hardly any substrate to hold onto. Despite the surprise, some succulents are still able to stay hydrated.

Precisely for this reason, overwatering can be lethal for them. During the cold months, they will not need more than one irrigation every fifteen days while in the hot months we can increase the pattern to one irrigation per week.

A lot of light

Although they need a lot of light, we will never subject the succulents to direct sun and much less in summer. Above all, because in order to maintain proper hydration they need to be able to store water reserves and direct exposure to the sun dehydrates them.

This factor can cause the leaves to turn red and that is a sign that they are burning. If we detect that the hue of its leaves is pale, it is time to find a location where it can receive more light.

Drainage is key

They accumulate water well, but they cannot stand being flooded. For this reason, it is important that succulent plants have a good drainage that allows removing excess water.

So… forget the plate below! Unless you use it purely for decoration and drain the excess water after irrigation.

No need for a fertile substrate

Let us bear in mind that they grow on rock, tree bark and even in unfavorable conditions. For this reason, they do not need a substrate rich in minerals but, rather, a poor soil. So, to give our succulents what they need, nothing like considering mixing the substrate with sand or with substrate for cacti.

Simple care for plants that, despite their humility, are of extraordinary beauty both in their usual state and in full bloom.

A good reason, added to their many shapes, sizes and styles, for succulents to conquer more and more people.

With information from:

Video: How to Prune Your Succulents! (October 2020).