Cacti and Succulents: A Thorny Water Tank
Perhaps they are some of the most misunderstood plants that many of us have excluded from our gardens and balconies. However, cacti and succulents have a fanatical audience which is currently growing due to the quarantine that our country is experiencing. A category of plants that, believe me, has a rare beauty and can leave its own mark on your space.
Cacti and Succulents
Most cacti and succulents can thrive in our country and especially in the southern part where there is intense sunshine and high temperatures.
Their uniqueness to be able to grow with minimal water requirements is one of their biggest trump cards in their choice for a garden construction in the island country or by people who want a plant that needs the least time to deal with it.
They come from places with very little rainfall and that is why nature took care of them by giving them the ability to store water. In this way they secure their water for the summer months without the need for watering by us.
Cacti and succulents demand respect for their rhythms, which are extremely slow. Do not push them, neither in water, nor in food, nor in grooming. Basic care and a daily look from afar are enough to make them feel safe and calm. And when the cacti are good, they produce the most beautiful and rare flowers of nature: the flowers of the desert.
Tips to ensure healthy cacti and succulents:
- When planting them in the ground or in a pot, use soil that contains river sand and pumice for better drainage of water.
- Cacti are fertilized 3-4 times a year with water-soluble preparations with a small percentage of nitrogen.
- They prefer sunny parts of the garden and with protection from the north.
- Transplant them in the first months of spring and avoid frequent watering, be careful in supporting the transplanted cacti.
- Water the cacti and succulents for the periods of their growth, spring and summer, every ten days or so. Be careful to water during the day and not at night or on the plant.
- If you have cacti in a pot, it would be good to avoid placing it on a plate.
Cacti and succulents are plants that can really make the appearance of a garden or balcony and require little care… try them!