A characteristic of these cacti is that they come from the warm humid habitats of tropical and subtropical forests. Poor, almost thorn-free, they fit very well in hanging baskets, both inside the apartments and under arcades and pergolas in the garden. Epiphytic species, which naturally grow on tree branches, prefer a bright shade and need to have always ensured a certain degree of soil moisture. However, they avoid the rigors of winter, tolerating minimum temperatures that do not fall below 7 ° C.
A particularly interesting genus is the Epiphyllum. There are thousands of hybrids readily available on the market and the choice is vast. The size of the flowers is between 13 and 20 cm, but there are many hybrids with large and fragrant flowers (38 cm).
Another type of plants, within which to choose between natural and sophisticated hybrids with fascinating flowers, is the genus Schlumbergera. Winter flowering is particularly sensitive to lighting, being delayed or compromised if in the previous phase there were not a certain number of days with less than 12 hours of light.
Even the cacti originating in the desert and pre-desert areas can be bred not only for the sculptural architecture that they manage to evoke, but also for the magnificence of their flowers.
Keep in mind that in order to see them bloom in spring or summer, these succulent plants must enter vegetative stasis during the winter. High temperatures and watering in this period, as can happen in heated apartments, can compromise the flowering of the year. In these cases it is better to move them to cool and less bright places where the temperature does not rise above 15 ° C. Appropriate phosphorus and potassium fertilizations in spring would be appropriate.
Among the most sought after genera due to the characteristic flowering can be reported: Mammillaria and Echinocereus and Rebutia.
The species belonging to the genus Mammillaria are particularly sought after by collectors due to their production of beautiful flower crowns in brilliant colors. It is not infrequent that at the first spring flowering others succeed it until the summer.
The interest in species belonging to the genus Echinocereus and Rebutia is instead linked to the variety of shapes and colors of their flowers that can range from deep red to yellow, from orange to white, up to delicate shades of pink. Remember that many of these plants bloom only after reaching a certain growth (from 15 cm in diameter upwards).
Ground cover and climbing plants
This group of succulent plants with flower they are particularly appreciated both for the large green mass, developed in relatively short times, and for the consequent brilliant, dense and particularly suggestive flowering.
Very numerous are the genera that have a flowering species, among which some are reported to be easier to cultivate and find: Lampranthus, Crassula and Ceropegia.
Species of the genus Lampranthus, prostrate or climbing, bloom for long periods, producing real masses of flowers with a shape similar to that of daisies and colors of all shades, except blue. The flowers, located at the top of the stem, open up to the sun and are quite persistent.
To the genus Crassula belong the species C. schmidtii, with winter flowering and pink or red flowers, the C. falcata with compact inflorescences composed of small bright red flowers and the hybrid C. Morgan's Beauty, endowed with one of the most beautiful inflorescences and delicate of all the species belonging to this genus.
Plants of the genus Ceropegia, climbing or prostrate, have flowers with strange and bizarre shapes, particularly appreciated by lovers of the genus.
These small and delicate succulents, characterized by slow growth and particularly demanding in light and heat, are perhaps the most difficult succulent plants to send to flower.
Mistakes in watering can not only compromise flowering, but bring the plants themselves to an immediate deterioration. Most species belonging to this type of plants, in fact, present a partial or complete vegetative stasis during the summer, not to interrupt with irrigation interventions. Their blooms, however, amply repay the care and attention they need.
To the genus Lithops belong the plants known as the "living stones". From the fissures of the fleshy leaves, in the autumn period, delicate white or yellow flowers, similar to daisies, can be seen to bloom.
Other interesting and equally delicate species are found within the genus Conophytum. The flowers, which appear in late autumn, can be yellow or pink.
Succulent plants with flowers: Fatty balcony plants
In choosing the best varieties of this type, it is also necessary to take into account their actual positioning and whether they are to be grown as annual or perennial varieties. In the latter case, the choice must be oriented towards specimens that can withstand the harsh winter temperatures without problems. Even if you don't have a garden, then you can choose some succulent balcony plants that they adorn it throughout the year. A family much appreciated for its ease of cultivation and for its good resistance is that represented by the Sedum, available in about 600 different varieties. They are a type very suitable for rock gardens, but they can withstand potted cultivation, provided you use a light and well-draining substrate. The Sedum acre, for example, is perfect for those looking for hanging succulent plants, in fact it has hanging stems of about 8 cm with yellow star-shaped flowers. The Sedum spectabile, instead can reach about 60 cm with fleshy and flat leaves and pink flowers that occur in summer. The Sedum anglicum variety, on the other hand, produces small pinkish white flowers and does not exceed 10 cm in height.