Succulents are a great choice for those of you being new to the world of plants. They are versatile, sturdy and can adorn both, the interior of the house and, thanks to their high thermal capacity, even the garden – given you live in an area with mild climate all year round as most succulents are susceptible to freezing damage at low temperatures.
So, if you want to start your green journey with these plantastic plants, just make sure to follow our six top tips on how to maintain them in good shape:
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Originating in Africa, they are classified into nine families. Easily adaptable to different climates, there are almost 10,000 species cataloged. Only of the Echeveria, one of the most common species among the succulents, existing more than 200 types. They are also maybe the toughest members of the family of succulents, making them a perfect choice to get started!
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Succulents like a well-drained soil. Mixing two pieces of sand into one piece of vegetable soil is a good solution. To assemble the pots, first add a layer of pebbles. Cover with a polyester blanket and then add the substrate. The pots don’t need to be deep because they have short roots.
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The ideal is to water them once a week in the summer and every other week in the winter. When you notice that the plants are withering, gradually increase the amount of water; if the base leaves start to rot, decrease. Be sure to never leave the soil soaked, because excessive moisture causes the roots to rot too. The water should be given directly onto the earth, not on the leaves.
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Succulents need at least four hours of sun daily to survive. Originating from dry, almost desert like regions, they die when standing in the shade. If they get pale and dented, that is, thin and with a lot of leaf loss, it is because they are not getting the necessary amount of light. Some species change color when exposed to direct sunlight. Echeverias, for example, usually have their tips in a reddish tone.
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Having succulents in larger pots with different specimen is a great way to arrange them. But make sure to group species together that are asking for roughly the same amount of sunlight. It is also important that taller plants do not shade smaller ones.