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Succulents are those plants that in one way or another have the ability to store water (moisture) in special tissues. Stamsucculents do that in a thickened stem or stem (most cactuses and Euphorbias), leaf succulents do that in thickened leaves (Crasulla, Echeveria, Agave) and root succulents do so naturally in their underground parts (Pterocactus tuberosus).
All cacti form the catus family (Cactaceae). The non-cacti we usually call succulents, although we should actually say sap plants, they occur in various families such as the midday flower family, the thick-leaf family (Crasullaceae), the silk plant family and the Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbiaceae).
They can be found all over the world. Many think that they all come from arid desert areas, but sometimes they are in places where there is more rainfall per year than in Belgium. However, this precipitation then falls into a relatively short period in which these plants absorb sufficient water to overcome the next drought period.
All cacti come from America. They come from Canada to Argentina and Chile, from the high mountains to the sea level. It should be clear that within such a distribution area there are enormous differences in climatic conditions and soil conditions. The cacti found in other areas (Mediterranean) have all been introduced.
Many succulents also come from the new world, Agave, Echeveria, Dudleya and Lewisia to name a few. Africa supplies us with the afternoon flowers, many bait flowers, Aloe-like and euphorbia. Asia and Australia only supply a few species.
A sunny windowsill or bay window provide a good location for cacti and succulents. Since a lot of light is needed, a location on the south, south-east or south-west is the ideal solution.
A small part of the succulents is hardy and can therefore be used in the garden. Many lovers put their cacti and larger succulents during the summer in the garden between the border plants or on the balcony.
But as a true enthusiast, who has the place for it, a conservatory is of course the place to accommodate his or her collection.
Most cacti and many succulents know their growth period in our summer. This means that growth will gradually start during the spring months. The main growth is then in the summer months, sometimes with a short period of rest in the heat of the summer, and then slowly becomes less and finally stops in the late autumn and winter. The winter rest is essential for most plants. They then have a temperature of 6 to 8 ° C. Many species endure even lower temperatures, provided they are sufficiently dry, while other species such as Melocactus and Uebelmannia must have higher temperatures of about 15 to 18 ° C.
The following combinations of factors always belong together:
Watering is one of the most difficult things in cactus entertainment. Here are a few tips:
In nature, the plants can develop their roots unhindered. They go in search of food in all directions, even if they grow in crevices they still have plenty of opportunities to find food.
In a pot, however, the roots can not get away so that after a while they completely fill or even grow out of the pot. In addition, the soil will become saturated with lime or residues of fertilizers after some time.
In principle, this can be done all year round, even in winter, but then the soil must be dry and have the same temperature as the old soil. However, the best period is from March to September. Never plant plants that are in bloom. I myself transplant when I have the time for it.
The cutti and succulents cuttings are generally very simple. Cuttings are best done in warm and dry weather. In cactuses and succulents that form side shoots, one can cut off a shoot with a sharp knife, often they already have roots, and are then planted in a cutting soil. Certainly not in water because then they are guaranteed to rot away.
When you have made a wound you first have to let it dry until a wound tissue has formed. If the cutting is sufficiently dry, you can then pot it.
Certainly not poured in when a cuttings has just been potted.
If the plant looks tense and new growth occurs, the cuttings are rooted and you can water it again and can also tolerate some nutrition. Succulents can even grow from a leaf that you simply lay on the ground. And in my greenhouse they even grow in the dirt between the grates at the bottom of the corridor. You see, everything must therefore not be so sterile. If the plants are strong and healthy enough.
To quickly get more plants you can cut off the head of a larger plant and root it. On the leftover piece, shoots will be formed that you can later also cutt.