Too much water, too little water, too much sun, too little sun, lack of pruning…
We have identified the most common mistakes plant parents are making and presented practical solutions for you in order to avoid them in the future:
1. You are watering your plants at the hottest time of day
When you water your plant at the hottest time of the day and being exposed to strong, direct sunlight, it can suffer a thermal shock. This is especially true for plants that are placed on a terrace or balcony. The best time for watering is in the morning, when the heat of the day still isn’t at its highest level.
2. You do not fertilize your plants and do not change the soil
Replenishing the nutrients from the soil is critical to the development of the plant. This is done by giving the right amount of nutrition recommended for your plants and changing the soil every 12 to 18 months.
3. You do not adapt watering to the time of the year
In winter, when the temperatures are lower, the amount of water should be reduced. In summer, when water is lost by evaporation especially in periods with dry heat, the opposite. To find out if the earth is dry, stick your finger in the soil and check. Just looking at the surface doesn’t say anything about moisture present deeper down in the pot.
4. You do not perform the necessary pruning
Pruning controls the size and shape of plants. Broken or diseased branches should be removed to give vigor and improve access of light and air to the healthy parts of the plant. Leaves and dried flowers also need to be removed, as they can attract fungus.
5. You tent to give too much water
Plants have much more defenses against the lack of water than against the excess of water. They adapt to underwatering by closing the leaves or creating hairs and thorns, but they have no defense mechanism against too much water. An excess of water hinders the oxygenation of the roots, leaving them to rot. When in doubt, water less.
6. You do not protect the plants from the wind
If your plants are exposed to strong winds, e.g. when being placed on balconies of high-rise buildings, avoid species with broad and long leaves, because they tear easily.
7. You do not know how to read the signs of your succulents
Good looking and easy to care for, succulents are a great option for first-time plant parents. In general, this they ask for weekly watering, but pay attention to the signs. If you notice that the plant is wilting, increase the amount of water; if the base leaves start to rot, decrease. Important: water should be directed to the ground, never to the leaves. If the succulent becomes pale and thin, it is because it is not receiving the necessary amount of light. To provide equal growth, rotate the pot from time to time.