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Succulent plants with flower

Succulent plants with flower

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Succulent plants with flower

First of all, keep in mind that these varieties are ideal if you want to immerse yourself as a beginner in the cultivation techniques, because they are very versatile, extremely resistant and they also manage to fill the garden and the house in a harmonious and colorful way, as the flowering of these plants is particularly beautiful. All the specimens that will be taken into consideration can be easily set either outdoors as exotic specimens, or indoors, placed in medium or large pots that will look great on a sunny window sill. Planting them is really simple. First get yourself a mixture of soil, sand and gravel washed in equal parts, then insert the plant in this compound at a depth of about 10-15 centimeters. To strengthen the stem and improve the growth process, you can also place stones near the main stem. This foresight will also ensure that it retains the heat on cold winter nights and refreshes itself during the summer heat, requiring less water. Watering should be done no more than once a month, but make sure that this irrigation is regular and that the potted plants have more water than those on the ground. In particular, the real operation of watering must be done carefully and with measure, following the fundamental rules. If it is true that the plants die when they do not receive enough water, it is also true that they die if the sprays are too abundant. Finally, keep in mind that after rainwater the best types of water for flowering succulent plants are spring and lake, although they are often too cold and would need to be stored for some time in a tank before use.

Aloe Lilacea

Let's start our journey among the succulents with flowers starting from the very common Aloe Lilacea. This type of plant should be cultivated in a very porous soil, so as to facilitate rapid drainage, perhaps by mixing a coarse sand, perlite or brick fragments on the ground, with a modest supply of organic material, but always making sure that the drainage is not hindered. Aloe is grown in a very sunny environment. During the winter reduce the amount of water leaving it almost completely dry, and remember that it spreads very easily, through stem cuttings and new shoots. Among the varieties that you can grow you will find the brevifolia, the jacunda, the sabra, the variegata and the arborescens. Another very interesting plant is Euphorbia. His family is very numerous and counts up to 2000 species. If you have gone to Sicily, surely you will have noticed that one of the most suggestive aspects of color of the Mediterranean vegetation is represented by the scrub of herbaceous Euphorbia. It is also true, however, that once flowering is over, it dries up very quickly before regenerating. It can be treated as a plant with annual characteristics, bringing the buds outside only after the disappearance of the winter frosts. Instead, it should be propagated in hot weather, planting new seeds at least if the climate reaches 15 degrees, in a mixture of peat and fertile soil.


Now we will deal instead with the Lithospermum, of the Borraginaceae family. Annual succulent plant, it should be exposed to partial shade but it is also resistant to the sun. However, culture is not easy. Its flowers appear in the varieties of blue and purple violet. It grows well in any type of soil, being native to the woods. It will therefore be sufficient to insert it in a percentage of humus or ground of leaves. It is sown from April to July on a seedling and in October or in spring, its seedlings must be planted at a distance of about 50 centimeters. The plant multiplies with equal ease by division, at the end of summer or in spring. Senecio grevy, a native of New Zealand is an equally fat shrub with interesting blooms. It is compact, with a round shape, and can even cover a diameter of five meters. Its leaves are oblong, of a beautiful dark green color and covered with white fluff. The inflorescence is instead made up of a terminal panicle about 15 centimeters long and composed of many flowers that resemble pretty daisies, of a bright yellow. This type of plant is particularly suitable for maritime areas, although it grows just as well in any other type of garden soil, as long as it is sunny and moderately dry. You must sow it on the ground, at a moderate temperature and in the period between March and April. Alternatively, you can have it reproduced by cutting from wood drums that are not fully mature.

Euphorbia submammillaris

Among the cactaceae plants we find instead the Euphorbia submammillaris, original plant coming from South Africa and formed by very dense clump flowers. Its meloformis variety, on the other hand, stands out for its small tuber-shaped flowers that remain perpetually on the plant, giving it a truly original and unique air. However, be very careful because these delicate growths, being very fragile, fall easily with every slightest bump. Finally, the Graptopetalum paraguayense is a rather large plant that reproduces quickly, and therefore needs a lot of space to grow in total freedom. Think that he can put roots even with just one leaf. Its flowers are just as original and unique, with a star shape and a white color, colored by characteristic spots in shades of red and dark pink. If you want a spectacular flowering, unique in its kind, nothing better than Tacitus Bellus, a succulent plant capable of producing flowers in large quantities, in shades of pink and fuchsia, surrounded by a splendid white corolla.

Care for succulent plants

After this brief excursus, we come to the question of their care. Generally these plants have a periodic flowering, centered in the spring and summer period. To make it grow in a luxuriant and healthy way, it will be useful, in the process of fertilizing, to add phosphorus, potassium and a small amount of nitrogen. Remember that this operation is best done at the end of winter and early spring, in order to favor spontaneous germination. If you want to place succulent plants at home, prefer places that are very exposed to light, such as terraces, windows or balconies. You will also need to provide the necessary care to prevent the annoying incursions of fungi and parasites. In our case, the most widespread insects you could be dealing with are cochineal insects, or tiny parasites that feed on the sap of succulent plants. Always observe carefully the initial part of the roots, because it is precisely here that these insects nest, being the most juicy and nutritious part of the plant. However, the action of a simple anti-parasite spray will suffice to eradicate any other infestation.