Succulents, which are water-retaining plants have thick and tough leaves and are easy to maintain and nurture. Their different shapes, sizes and origin demand different maintenance requirements, especially when it comes to the amount of light and water they need.
Succulent Care – Things to Remember
There are different method by which one should tend to succulents. Sedum, cactus and other succulents need to be placed in a potting soil mixture of predefined composition. An improvised mix would contain one part pea gravel,one part sand and one part indoor potting soil. Watering once a week or less often is essential for succulent care, because too much water can soften their leaves and cause them to emit abnormal amounts of liquid. Succulents flourish in a place with bright and indirect light, but if it produces pale and seemingly elongated sprouts, it should be relocated to a spot with more light. Inversely, too much light would cause the plant or a portion of it to look indented and turn red, tan or yellow. Succulent care also means giving the plant sufficient air movements but at the same time protecting it from cold winds.
Succulent Plant – Additional Information
Succulent varieties belonging to the species of euphorbias need to be watered only when the plant’s dryness is evident until the bottom of its container. The water should be delivered slowly at the base of this succulent plant so that the soil effectively absorbs moisture. In the winter months of December through February, watering euphorbias should be avoided. Succulent aloe vera plants are just as easy to take care of, because they are made up of 95% water. The soil on which this succulent plant grows from should also be completely dry before it is watered. Any excess water gathering in a tray at the bottom of the aloe vera’s pot should be thrown away.
Succulent Garden – Maintenance
Succulents that come from the northern hemisphere usually grows during the spring and summer, requiring a different maintenance schedule than those originating from the southern hemisphere, which grows during autumn and winter. A succulent garden may cost less to keep than other types of gardens, because it can survive without fertilizers. They also thrive in warmer temperatures, between 45 and 55 degrees. The plants in the garden should be given enough space to breathe and inspected to ensure that they do not wilt or their soil does not dry out. To give them additional nutrients, a low nitrogen liquid fertilizer can be used.