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Succulent garden plants


Succulent garden plants


The succulent plants are ornamental vegetables, characterized by succulent leaves, often covered with thorns, and flowers that can present very large dimensions.
They are rather robust plants, which do not require special care; the only problem that can affect its growth depends on the fragility of their roots, which are very delicate and generally undeveloped.

Agave



It is a monocarpic plant, meaning that it flowers only once during its life cycle (around 30 years), and that it dies after fruit ripening.
Various beverages are made from the agave, including the famous tequila.
It has succulent leaves, elongated and fleshy, surrounded by thorns with a broad base, of an intense green color with brilliant shades, often up to 2 meters long.
It prefers well-drained soils with an acid tendency, it does not tolerate any type of water stagnation or exaggerated humidity.
It is a remarkably robust plant, which well tolerates temperature changes, although it is advisable never to expose it to temperatures below -10 degrees.
Frost, in fact, could make her die.
Watering must be scarce and sporadic, at most once a month.
Fertilization is recommended by liquid fertilizers, very rich in potassium, but poor in nitrogen.

Prickly pear cactus



It is a plant belonging to the Cactaceae family, which can reach a height of 4-5 meters.
The stems are erect, fleshy, succulent, oval and flattened in shape, with a bright green color with silvery nuances.
They are covered with a few whitish spines.
The flowers have a cup shape, quite large, yellow or orange.
The fruits have a decidedly fleshy consistency, oval shape and color that is initially green, to turn red after maturation.
They contain many seeds, from which it is possible to extract an edible oil for humans.
It prefers a sandy and very well drained soil, as water stagnation could cause the roots to rot.
It is preferable to plant it in very bright environments, even in areas affected by direct sunlight; It is advisable not to expose the plant to low temperatures, and in any case never below 0 °.
It is recommended to water the prickly pear a little, at most once a month, as it lives well in dry soils.
It is advisable to fertilize with liquid fertilizers.

Cereus


It is a plant belonging to the Cactaceae family.
It has an erect and elongated stem with robust thorns that act as leaves and protrude from protuberances called areoles.
The spines are typically grouped in tufts.
The hermaphrodite flowers are large in size and have a spiral shape.
They have a particularly beautiful appearance and their color changes from white to pink to red.
The fruits are red berries, fleshy and edible for humans.
It prefers well-drained and dry soils, as it does not tolerate water stagnation or the presence of humidity.
It must be placed in very bright areas, even in direct sunlight.
It needs a warm climate: the temperature must never fall below 10 degrees; therefore in winter it is necessary to place the plants in a greenhouse to prevent their death.
A monthly watering is enough, and a fertilization at least twice a year, preferably with liquid fertilizer poor in nitrogen and rich in phosphorus and potassium.

Astrophytum



It is a vegetable belonging to the Cactaceae family.
Its name means: plant (phytum) a star (astro).
In fact it has a characteristic star-shaped shape, with a greyish-green stem covered with small white bloom spots.
The flowers, grouped together, are placed on the top of the trunk and have an appearance very similar to that of the common daisies, with a yellow color tending to red.
They have a very short life: only 2 or 3 days, before withering.
It prefers a well-drained and moisture-free soil, with a basic tendency and possibly enriched with peat.
It develops better in sunny, warm and damp-free places.
It is advisable to water it on average only once a month, with a little water, without ever creating water stagnation to avoid damaging the roots, which represent the weak point of the plant.
Also in this case liquid fertilizers are preferable.

Succulent garden plants: Parodia


It is a plant belonging to the Cactaceae family.
It has a roundish shape, with a bluish green color and covered with thorns.
Flowering occurs in late spring, is abundant and lush, with yellow, pink, red and purple flowers.
It has very fragile roots that must be treated with particular care.
The fruits are oval and have small dimensions.
It prefers well-drained, possibly sandy, soils that prevent any form of water stagnation: river sand or pumice is very suitable.
It has a slow growth, conditioned by the climatic conditions.
It needs excellent exposure to light, even if it is better to avoid direct sunlight.
It prefers warm and dry climates, but does not fear the cold, unlike other succulent plants.
Also in this case it is advisable to water sparingly: in summer once a week, in winter only once a month.
Fertilization is entrusted to liquid fertilizers typical for succulent plants, rich in potassium and low in nitrogen.