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The most common myths about succulents

Succulent plants are different to all the others. Lately, they have become very popular for its ease of cultivation and their qualities, both aesthetic and resistance. In addition they can grow in both indoor and outdoor. They are, therefore, plants ideal to enter the world of gardening. But there are a number of myths very common on your crop that you may have to clarify. Let’s try it.

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1.- Succulent plants are very resistant

Yes, the vast majority of succulent plants are very resistant but this does not mean that all are. And, of course, that even the most resilient need a minimum care. We must not forget that in the end are living beings. For outdoor cultivation is recommended in the species more resistant that belong especially to the genera Sedum and Sempervivum.

2.- Should be grown in full sun

Not all succulents need direct sunlight. And even those who need it should not receive it during all the day. With the sun in the morning have enough, and after going a little shadow. Excessive exposure to the sun affects their staining in the first place, its leaves turn reddish or brown, and at last they can burn them.

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3.- Succulent plants should be planted in sand.

In fact succulents need excellent drainage, but it may be that the arena is not the best option. The arena can be excessively draining. When the water penetrates the sand is filtered quickly and the plant receives very little water. It is generally recommended to use special soil for succulents and cacti.

4.- Succulents and cacti are the same.

Well no, most cacti are succulents but there are some that are not. And, of course, not all succulents are cacti. For example succulent plants like those of the genera Echeveria, Crassula, Euphorbia, Sempervivum, he aeonium, Sedum, Graptosedum and Haworthia have nothing to do with the cactus.

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5.- Succulents can withstand any weather.

The majority of succulent plants can tolerate several climatic conditions but prefers a sunny climate and low humidity. A hard winter can make the ground freeze and constant moisture can lead to rotting of the root.

6.- Succulents are not edible.

Many succulent plants are edible, but be careful because some are poisonous. Although usually only when ingested in large amounts. Anyway it is good to know if our plants are poisonous so be careful with pets and children.

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7.- Decorate the pots with stones improves the drainage.

There are a lot of custom decorate the substrate around the succulents with colored stones, gravel or even glass beads. In principle there is no problem provided that the material used does not retain too moisture and it can damage the roots of the plants. The roots of the succulent subject to an excess of moisture rot, with great ease.

8.- Succulents grow well in indoor environments.

Succulents need fresh air and ventilation. The plants will not last a long time in terraria completely closed. The moisture has no way of escape and mold will develop and you can get to the rot of the root. We must not place the terrarium in a windowsill very sunny since the leaves will burn.


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