The succulents are on and not in vain. These plants are beautiful, delicate, great companions for those who want plants around the house and who require little maintenance. They come from dry places and strong sunshine, just like cacti, and most of them fit well in small spaces like apartments.
A succulent isn’t very difficult to care for, so if you love plants but don’t have time to devote to them, or if you don’t have enough skills to care for green friends, invest in succulents.
Main characteristics of succulents
Succulents are plants that accumulate water in their leaves because, as mentioned earlier, they come from dry places, as well as from cacti. The main characteristic of this species is that the leaves and stems are very plump, hence the name “succulent”.
By the way, here’s a curiosity: did you know that every cactus is a succulent, but not all succulents are considered cacti?
You can find them with leaves of different colors, shapes, and textures and usually the arrangements and pots focus several types together. They like a lot of light and need little water, but some species prefer indirect light.
The shape of the leaves determines how much sun it needs. Separate leaves or unusual length means your plant needs more light. A healthy succulent is one that always has the leaves close together.
How to take care of succulents and essential care
1. The choice of ship
Avoid succulents directly on pots or bases without a hole in the bottom. To maintain a healthy plant that will last for many years, it is important to choose a pot container to facilitate the flow of water from each watering. Excess water will kill your plant. The planters are beautiful and can be used, just fit in the pot and it’s fine! When watering, remove the pot with holes from the planter so that the plant removes excess water. Only then can you put the pot back in the planter.
In general, succulents require little watering, you can follow a simple pattern: water once a week in summer and once or twice a month in winter. Before watering, make sure the soil is dry. If it’s damp, don’t shower. To check, just stick your finger or even a toothpick to the substrate. Avoid throwing water on the leaves or they may rot. Beware, too much water kills your little plant, be careful!
Succulents prefer the morning sun and most require direct lighting. If you live in an apartment or in a place with little light, try to keep the plants in windows, balconies or any other place where they can get the greatest possible luminosity. Light is life for the succulents, so they won’t survive in places like bathrooms, shelves, and indoor shelves.
It’s important to keep nutrients to your plants on a regular basis, the ideal time for succulents to be every 3 months. You can buy specialty fertilizers from specialty stores like earthworm humus or other organic compost, or the Forth Cactos. Another option is to use crushed eggshell in the blender, the calcium will leave the leaves and the stems will be more stable.
Substrate is basically the soil where you will plant your succulents. They fit best when you mix fertilized soil with washed construction sand. The soil should be light with no lumps to make drainage easier.
6. Assembly of the ship
When you assemble the succulent vase, you will prepare layers, the first being made with pebbles, gravel, broken glass, or expanded clay. It will work as a drainage barrier. Cover the stones with a piece of blanket or TNT to hold the soil in place during watering.
Above the ceiling or TNT, the substrate goes and you will fit the seedlings in the way you think best. Handle them very carefully and delicately, they break easily and are very delicate. Use a brush with very soft bristles to remove the dirt or grime from the leaves and gently sweeten the floor.
Many people make succulent pots of white pebbles to make the arrangement nicer, but these pebbles are not good for the plant. They’re made of chopped marble and when wet they give off a powder that will damage the plant over time. Decorate with natural toppings such as B. pine bark.
Succulents don’t need pruning, but it’s good to remove dead, dead, or dying leaves so they can always grow beautiful and healthy. They grow according to the space they need to develop, that is, plants kept in small pots remain small. As a result, if they are transferred to larger vessels, the roots and leaves will grow.
This little plant is very easy to “catch”, so if you want to make new pots, just create a kind of nursery for new seedlings from loose leaves stuck in the ground. It doesn’t take long for each leaf to take root and become a new seedling ready to adorn a new arrangement.
As you can see, succulents are very versatile plants in addition to being beautiful and making arrangements full of charm that can turn into original gifts and beg for the delicacy of their leaves.
The best way to take good care of green friends is to keep an eye on the signs they give. If the leaves are stretched, it means they need more sun. If the leaves are missing, they need more water.
When you set up your pot, you are abusing your creativity! Mix colors and textures of foliage and use unusual objects such as planters. Cups, cans, corks, every distinctive container give your arrangement a special charm. Long live the succulents!