For a few years now, they have been on the rise. With their shimmering and shimmering colors, succulents - or succulents - are now considered a decorative element in their own right. With their curved geometry and elegant shape, these small plants often related to the cactus family have become essential in today's decor. Generally resistant by nature because they are used to extreme conditions in their original habitat, they can be easily tamed even if you don't have a green thumb! And if you still have a few questions about their maintenance, exposure or watering, don't worry! The editorial staff of déco.fr gives you its best tips for pretty healthy succulents. For a lovely decor ... What am I saying, delicious!
What environment for my succulents?
© Deavita Native to most arid and hot countries, succulents need adequate exposure to thrive. And that's why, nothing better than a bright, warm and rather dry place. Indoors, the ideal is to install your plant near a window, without it being subjected too quickly to direct sunlight. Plants bought in stores have lost the habit of seeing so much light, so they must be gradually re-accustomed. Beware of burns otherwise! In order for plant growth to be harmonious and balanced, we think of turn the pot a quarter turn every day. With this, your plant should quickly adapt and feel comfortable! Regarding the temperature, our little protégés will above all like a hot and dry climate. In summer, if watering is optimal, it will give us the pleasure of a nice growth. Once summer is over, it's time for them to take a little winter retreat in a cooler room. October to March, we leave them rest in the cool between 5 ° C and 12 ° C. For this, the ideal is a slightly heated room, but nevertheless bright, like a veranda for example. This stage is essential for a pretty flowering in the beautiful next season ... And yes, everything is deserved!
Succulents: how to water them well?
© OXO If the succulents originate from arid regions where the rains remain rare, when these occur they can be abundant. As nature is well done, this family of plants has developed ability to store water to offset periods of drought. Brilliant, isn't it? Outdoors, nature will take care of your succulents very well: natural waves will be enough to provide them with the necessary water. What about indoor watering? Nothing too complicated provided you follow these few rules: * During the summer - from March to October -, we water the soil abundantly about once or twice a month. And above all, we think of empty the saucer after watering, so as to avoid rotting of the roots. Even more effective: the drenching technique. For the earth to absorb water properly, it is better to make a drenching than a simple watering. For this, nothing could be simpler: we let our pot soak in a bottom of water for a few hours so that the substrate gets wet to hydrate the plant. Finally, we drain well. That's it ! * Be careful to let the clod of earth dry thoroughly between two waterings. Better a thirsty plant than a plant drowned by excessive hydration! * We can bring a little fertilizer 2 to 3 times a year during the summer, depending on the type of plant. For more information, do not hesitate to ask for specific advice in gardening depending on the variety chosen. * In winter, watering is avoided in order to let the plant rest. One to two waterings throughout the winter period will be more than enough.
Repotting: an essential step
© Our Time Regularly, every 4 years on average, we go to the potting stage. In order for the plant to develop in good conditions, we change our land and we take this opportunity to slightly increase the pot size. Succulent plants require special soil to allow good drainage of the irrigation water. For this, nothing like a draining substrate mixed with sand and accompanied by a few clay balls at the bottom of the container. This prevents water from stagnating and causing the roots to rot. Whether the plant is indoors or outdoors, it is best to repot it in a pierced container, to allow a good flow of water. For an outdoor planter, care should be taken to avoid black plastic pots which capture heat and thus threaten the roots. Whether plastic, concrete, terracotta or sandstone, it will be necessary to adapt the watering according to the support chosen. For example, it is clear that water will evaporate faster in an earthenware pot because of the porosity of this material.
Caring for my succulents
© Côté Tendance But in addition to the choice of location, watering and regular repotting, there are still a few techniques to know to pamper our succulents. First of all, so that the latter can fully synthesize the light, it is essential to dust their leaves regularly. To do this, use a spray containing water to remove impurities, then wipe the leaves with a clean cloth. Easy as pie ! Second important point: size. To serve a succulent whose leaves turn yellow, we do not hesitate to cut some stems that have become too long. The cut plant will tire less and will be able to regain a certain structure. Be careful however with disinfect your scissors before taking action, your plant will thank you! Finally, here is a few tips to react quickly in the event of a problem: *Does the plant crumple and sag? It is probably a lack of watering. A little water or even a light drenching should give it a little hold. *The leaves start to darken? Maybe a excess humidity which causes the plant to rot from the roots ... Alas, at this point it becomes difficult to save the beautiful. *Some blackened or reddened areas? Wouldn't your succulent have taken a sunburn ? Quickly, quickly, we put it in the shade so that it can rest and we monitor its exposure. *Holes in the leaves? Without a doubt, the green caterpillars have been there. *Does your plant have small black dots, white clumps, or sticky areas? It is certainly about cochineal. For any colonization by parasites, the first thing to do in an emergency is isolate the sick plant to avoid contagion. There are suitable products in garden centers, but it is best to seek advice depending on the species. In trade, today's products are less and less effective because they are less toxic to the environment. However, as a first intention, there are some proven grandmother's natural remedies. To try ! First, in order to remove the mealybug heaps for example, we pass a cotton soaked in alcohol at 90 ° on the affected areas. Rinse with clear water, then make a spray mixture. Regarding the recipe, dilute in 1 liter of water a teaspoon of liquid black soap, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of alcohol at 90 °. Spray for about 4 days on the whole plant. And yes, it is not more complicated!
© Interflora With all of this advice in mind, there's no reason to say you don't have a green thumb. And now, if we take a little trip to the garden center?