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How to water a succulent seedling

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Question: how to water a succulent seedling

How often is it necessary to water small succulent plants?


Answer: how to water a succulent seedling

Dear Gianni,

the concept of succulent plant is quite broad; typically the term succulent plant refers to a cactacea originating in America; cactaceae are a genus that has a few thousand species of plants, widespread in the American continent, mainly in the arid or semi-arid areas of Central America. It is a very large area, with quite different climates. The arid places around the world are united by large temperature ranges and by a decidedly different climate compared to what we can have in Italy. For this reason, succulents are often grown indoors, where they live in a hostile climate, with constant temperatures close to 20 ° C and a perennially dry climate, contrary to what happens in the areas of origin, where they have large daily temperature ranges and a dry climate alternating with sudden thunderstorms. If your fat seedling is at home, water it only sporadically from October to April-May, less than once a month; in the remaining months, water it only when the soil is very dry. If you want to see a healthy plant and maybe even flowers first of all try to understand what species it is, in order to place it geographically, to understand what its climatic needs are and what watering it needs. Typically, succulents are grown in the sun, then in the garden or on the terrace, in an area where they can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight per day; in the spring and summer months they should be watered more or less once a week, when the soil is dry and every 20-25 days we will add a specific fertilizer for succulent plants, rich in potassium and low in nitrogen, to the water. In the cold months instead, we will completely suspend watering and fertilizing, always leaving the plant outdoors, but where it cannot receive the water from the weather, and therefore on a terrace sheltered from the rains, or in a cold greenhouse, or equipped with cover of non-woven fabric. Many cacti can remain outdoors all year round, enduring temperatures that can approach -10 ° C, but only if they are in completely dry soil and do not receive any type of watering. All this considering that your cactacea belongs to one of the most widespread species; but it is not said that it is indeed so; even in DIY or furniture stores, there are often small succulents of very particular species, almost like collectors', with very strange climatic needs, which deviate from the "medium" ones. So, take a tour on the internet and look at some photos, to understand what plant you own.

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