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If someone has said that succulent plants do not need much water, they are sure that they are wrong. It is a widely false myth that cacti and succulents need little water because in arid areas they never see enough and therefore, if they are grown in pots they must grow completely dry. This is not correct. In fact, in the desert, a small plant can have very widespread and extensive roots in the subsoil ready to exploit and make good use of the dew, which is physiologically created at night with the typical temperature ranges while in the vessels this does not happen unless the please provide. Assuming that the succulent plants are always exposed to the right light they need, (some need full sun, others of the half shade) that the soil is well drained with addition of peat or coarse sand, this shows that the plant wants and must have its own dose of water. The succulent plant should never be watered only when the owner thinks the time has come and feels guilty for neglecting it. Instead, the plants must be carefully watered when they need them. Water is administered in this way: the jar must be immersed in half in a pot for at least an hour, just long enough to allow the roots to act as a suction pump and satisfy the water requirement of which the plant in that certain time needs.
After a thorough irrigation, the excess water that the plant rejects in the usual pot should be eliminated. The plant needs to be watered later only when the soil is almost but not completely dried. It is possible to use a PH meter to test the humidity of the ground or as suggested by experts in the field to find a flat stone and place it on the surface of the ground. When lifting, if there is moisture under it is not the time to give new water. If the area is dry, it is time to proceed with a new water supply. Most cacti and other succulents have their growing season in spring and summer. Spring is the best time to start irrigation as the weather begins to be hot both day and night. If it happens that the climate is still cold outside, but you can see the first signs of life and new growth of the plants that begin to bloom anyway means that it is the right time to start watering the succulent plant too.
Most succulent plants do not appreciate a humid atmosphere. There are exceptions but even in these cases however, plants do not like prolonged humidity in the air. It is possible to give your plants a better shine by wetting them with hot water (spray) on a sunny day and preferably early in the morning to give them time to dry off without risk; It is in fact good practice to repeat the operation especially in the autumn and winter periods. This allows you to thoroughly clean them from the dust accumulated during the cold and not very bright months. In spring and summer the plants will tend to take a rest after their growing season. As the days get shorter in the fall, irrigation is also reduced. Some water in winter to prevent the roots from dying is all that is needed if the plants are grown in a warm house or heated greenhouse. If they are in a cold greenhouse even less water is needed and in some cases not even a little. We need to research the needs of each individual plant to find out if they can enjoy a cold greenhouse in winter and how much water they need at that time.
Water succulents: Insights
Some specimens of succulent plants may need a different mixture of soil that provides them with an even more effective drainage. It is important to underline in the same way that we have clearly shown that succulents need water that when exposed to the elements, the administration must absolutely not take place in the presence of completely rainy days. However, in addition to their water ration, succulent plants need sufficient light. A dark place in a house is not good. Sometimes a bright window can be indicated instead. A good dose of fresh air should always be available for all succulent plants and in winter it is therefore advisable to ventilate from time to time by opening a window. Finally, some tips on fertilizers and fertilizers to be used. These should not contain excessive doses of nitrogen poorly tolerated by succulents, let us say that the fertilizers based on green leaves normally used for other indoor plants are indicated. In conclusion we can assert that succulent plants can be grown in any environment provided they are given the necessary amount of food and in this case, water becomes the primary factor for their survival.