How to take care of succulents?
Succulents are easy to grow and tolerant enough to be neglected, but that does not mean that you do not have to take care of them at all. Fortunately, they can handle a few long weeks without watering. Even if their leaves are not wrinkled by water - we do not have to worry that we have dried up another plant yet. Succulents should immediately regain their good form after watering.
Succulents require well drained soil. You can buy it in a shop or just mix sand, gravel and peat. If you want cultivate succulents in pots, please make holes at the bottom of the pot. If you'd like to fertilize them, please be careful, as once for two or three months is enough for them.
The biggest mistake we can make when planting succulents is too much watering. They should not have wet substrate continuously. Therefore take breaks between the watering so that succulents have a chance to dry up.
The amount of water depends on the size of the pot, the weather and the time elapsed since the last watering. They should be watered most often in spring, during intense growth (about once a week). In summer and in the heat a little less, and in winter even once a month. Succulents have dormant stage during the winter. In this period they do not grow and they do not need much water.
It is interesting that the cacti do not need water at all from the end of September to April, and at that time we also have to reduce the temperature of the environment, which should not exceed 12-15 degrees. Other succulents do not require it.
The ideal place to hold succulents is a sunlit sill, balcony, or a greenhouse. The shade does not serve them because it hampers proper growth and their blooming, and makes them less resistant to diseases or pests. Most species need twelve hours a day lighting. In extremely hot areas some afternoon shade is recommended.
Containers without holes at the bottom and glass jars are not very suitable for succulents, particularly in winter, since succulents do not like to grow in humid soil. In wet conditions they simply get diseases.
We do not need to worry too much about replanting succulents. They should be replanted when they don't have enough space in the pot anymore. The new soil should be rather dry. The best time to replant succulents is early spring.
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