What are succulents? Succulents are plants that have evolved and adapted to the natural environment. In some parts of the world, rainfall is seasonal and the plants that grow there must provide for their water needs by storing it within their tissues. Succulents have achieved this goal, although, as always, there are exceptions to the rule. You will find the Agave and the Yuccas under the succulent label, but they differ because their leaves don’t seem to store water, but they are considered resistant to drought.
Many succulent plants grow inside when given the proper food, but they are just equally happy in a warm place in the garden or in a rock garden. Succulent flowers tend to be indefinable because they are grown more for their attractive foliage and ability to withstand more abuse than some of the most demanding indoor plants. In their natural environment, these plants grow in a sunny environment. To grow them indoors, you need a well-lit and sunny place. Turn these plants every day so that each side of the plant receives a dose of sun. This prevents the plant from growing in one direction and being disfigured.
Thermal loving plants
Succulent plants are thermal loving plants and are happy in our living conditions, but enjoy cooler conditions in winter. This reproduces the climate from which they come. Take plants outdoors during the year when it is hot. Leave tender plants with fragile leaves indoors if rain is imminent due to the risk of rain. Translucent covers, whether plastic or glass, protect you from the rain if you want to keep them out.
Water storage capacities
These plants with their natural water storage capacities are what makes them easy to maintain but again consider their natural habitat. The growing season is during the rainy season, after the rain, however, they rest and receive little water, but they do. So, water your plants in this way. Proper irrigation during the growing season but limiting the water during the rest period, enough to prevent the pot from drying out, but not too much to rot the roots! Water plants that have fragile leaves from the base tray; Leave the pot enough time for the water to reach the top of the potting soil. You do not have time to do this, then take a shower with a narrow peak and water from the top. This prevents water from splashing and damaging delicate leaves.
Fertilize these plants every 6-8 weeks, do not overfeed, as the plant can become very fat with low and abundant growth. Some plants do not need to be fed. You can use your own criteria about your requirements.
Most succulent plants will only need repotting once a year in a larger pot, some of which I’m happy to stay for 2 to 3 years. The optimum time is usually when the plant enters the active growth season. If you plan to use ordinary potting soil, add coarse sand or perlite. Suggested proportions are two parts potting mix to one part sandy mixture.