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    Succulents: Small Artworks Of Nature

    Where there is little rain, succulent plants are at home: they can store water in their leaves, trunks or roots, they can easily survive longer dry periods.

    Succulents: Small Artworks Of Nature

    Cups, glasses, tea cans: Succulents can be planted in different vessels
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    Where there is little rain, succulent plants are at home: they can store water in their leaves, trunks or roots, they can easily survive longer dry periods. There are succulents on all continents: they come from the dry highlands of Mexico, but also from the Canary Islands as well as from the deserts and steppes of Asia. As a house plant, they require little care and are therefore ideal for plant beginners. Another reason why these plants fascinate: Every single succulent is visually a small work of art of nature.

    Succulents store water

    Succulents are not a plant family of their own - all of them include species such as house root, agave or money tree that they have water-storing tissue. Leaf succulents can be recognized by the thick-meated small, spherical or roller-shaped leaves and the often penetrated shape. In this way, the plant reduces its evaporative surface, thus copes with less water. In addition, the leaves are often coated with a layer of wax that has the same effect. Corked edits act as insulation, as does a hairy or thorny surface. Stem succulents such as the cactus have thick and juicy shoots.

    Sandy substrate is ideal

    The substrate should have a high sand content. Classic potting soil is not suitable.

    Good drainage is particularly important for succulent plants, because the roots rot very quickly during waterlogging. In order for the water to drain out of the planter, it must in any case have at least one extraction hole. Most succulents like a substrate of two parts of loose earth, one part of sand and a part of bims or lava granules, which you can easily mix yourself.

    Alternatively, the specialist retailer offers special soil for cacti and succulents. In order not to clog the extractor holes and to strengthen the drainage, shards of clay should be placed on the bottom of the vessel.

    Succulents to water properly

    Succulents like a full-sun place. Ideal is a greenhouse or south window. Especially species that have a white, gray or blue "skin" need brightness to thrive well. An unfavourable location is manifested in unnaturally extended shoots of the plant. Although succulents are insensitive to water shortages, they should be watered about once a week during the growth phase from spring to autumn, when the upper layer of the earth has dried up.

    Use low-lime water

    Lime-free water, i.e. rainwater or boiled tap water, is best suited. Excess water in the coaster or planter should be removed. During the resting phase in the winter half-year, the plants should be as bright but cool as possible. Then they need less water at this stage.

    Decorative plants for the apartment

    For some years now, succulents have been popular decorative elements due to their beautiful shape. They can be planted in various containers such as cups, mason jars or tea cans and look particularly attractive in groups. A particularly nice way to stage succulents is a bunk bed. Several shells of different diameters are filled with soil, placed in each other and can then be planted as you please. Important: All vessels require drain holes to prevent waterlogging.

    Simply multiply succulents

    The propagation is quite simple with most succulents: side shoots, so-called Kindel, can be easily separated with a sharp knife and put in small planters. They are cared for like the "big ones". Relatively quickly new roots form and a new plant emerges from it. Also by separating leaves, one obtains new specimens in many succulent species. It is best to leave the separated sheet for a few days so that the cutting surface dries. Then you put it in the ground.