3 simple but useful tips

 In Cactus and Succulents

Here are 3 simple but useful tips to take care of your favorite succulent plant. The care of succulent expects to follow 3 useful tips that we list below: be very careful and try to put them into practice in the best possible way and your favorite succulent plant will thank you.

1 – Well-drained land

First, you need a well-drained soil that dries well between watering. To increase the drainage capacity of the soil, you will have to add, to the normal ground, inert as lapilli, pumice or different grain gravel. The lapilli, for example, is one of the most common inert and is able to drain the water with great efficiency. In addition, the lapilli, being of volcanic nature, brings to the soil nutrient substances that encourage the growth of succulent. The lapilli can vary in color (red, black, gray etc.) and characteristics (for example, may be more or less porous). So, in general we can say that the land must have no water stagnation and it must provide the right nourishment to the plant. In general, it has to be composed by sand for ½, by natural culture land for ¼ and the rest ¼ by organic soil. Of course, these percentages will change if the species of your succulent requires more or less a porous soil. To give more drainage you can add vermiculite or lapilli, as stated previously. Another important advice is not to use the sea- sand because it has got a high concentration of salt. If you do not want to prepare the ground for your succulent on your own, you should know that in the market there are ready soils which differ according to the species. Some are land based, some not, and others enriched with coconut fiber or with other substances such as peat or gravel. Below we show some kinds of plants that are well adapted to a very porous soil: Ariocarpus, Echinopsis and Opuntia. While, for what concerns the species that prefer a soil with low porosity, we point out the kinds of Rhipsalis, and Schlumbergera Sansevieira.

2 – A lot of sunlight

For a smooth and proper growth, the succulents need sunlight, but be very careful: they do not like direct sunlight especially in summer and the risk of scalding and burns is really high. In the case of a burn, there will be dark brown / red spots that may degenerate to the death of the plant itself. As soon as you notice a sunburn, please remove the plant from sun exposure to allow the healing of the damaged part. The lack of light doesn’t certainly helps the orderly growth of your plant: so you have to bring it to light, always avoiding the direct one. When the plant extends, this is a clear sign of the lack of light: the plant goes in search of light, stretching!

3 – Good ventilation

Like all other species even the succulent plants need oxygen for respiration and of course, the carbon dioxide necessary for photosynthesis. This is an aspect that is often underestimated by those who buy a succulent: we should not hold a succulent plant in an environment with little ventilation because the plant needs fresh clean air, to avoid the unpleasant growth of fungi.

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