Succulent plants are a type of plant that is characterized by being able to accumulate large amounts of water, either in its leaves or stem. Their fleshy appearance makes them aesthetically very different from other plants, which is why they tend to be highly appreciated by many botanical enthusiasts, both in indoor gardens and in an increasingly fashionable vertical garden of succulents.
In this Green Ecologist article we are going to teach you all the essentials about its different types, as well as what you need to know about how to reproduce succulents and grow them.
Succulents They are so diverse that they encompass a large number of different families of plants, although the most common of them in gardening are cacti and crassulaceae.
Usually called cacti, these plants, mostly from America, are known around the world for their extraordinary resistance to drought and high temperatures. Its most distinctive feature is the areola, the structure from which its stems, spines and flowers are born. Some of The Cactus most used are the following:
Discover more species in this other post about Types of cactus with flowers.
Crassulaceae are another family of succulent plants, most of them herbaceous, which can be found throughout the world. Crassulaceae plants store water in their succulent leaves, since, like cacti, they are typical of hot areas with very little water. They are widely used in gardening due to their resistance and the little care they require. A few common crassulaceae are:
Learn more Types of succulents in this other Green Ecologist article.
Propagate succulents it is especially practical to obtain a good quantity of them from a few mother plants. Due to the great capacity of these plants to reproduce in this way, we will be able to multiply them in a very short time.
Most of them can be reproduced simply by planting a healthy leaf of the chosen succulent plant:
It is also possible to reproduce succulents by suckers. Many of these plants, like cacti, naturally produce suckers around the mother plant. Transplanting them is very easy:
Another possible method is multiplication by large cuttings, that is, from the stem:
If you are not sure which method is the most suitable for your succulent, the best thing you can do is look for specific information about the species with which you are going to work. Here below we leave you our video about the reproduction of succulents so that you expand a little more this information and see better what has been commented.
When it comes to reproducing succulents, the most common is to do it by leaf or stem cuttings or suckers. You have already seen what the three main ways to do it are, but, although they are very resistant plants, it is important to take into account some things so that they enjoy good health.
The main enemies of succulent plants are excess moisture and fungi. Therefore, it is necessary to know a series of basic care of succulents:
It is necessary to use pots and soil with very good drainage. Likewise, these plants benefit from a layer of gravel or stones that separates their leaves from the substrate. In addition, newly planted leaves or cuttings appreciate the use of fungicides to avoid possible attacks. Aloe is one of the succulents most susceptible to suffering this type of damage. Here you can learn about homemade fungicides for cacti and other succulents.
Find a bright location for your plant, ideally facing south, and don't overwater it. In winter once a month will be enough, and in summer it should not be watered more than once a week. Here we explain more about how to water succulents.
These plants are so tough that, with a little care, they will grow healthy and strong even in hot climates. In this other post by Green Ecologist you will find more tips on Succulent Care. In addition, here you can see a video about this care.
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