How to Care for Succulents (And Not Kill Them): 9 Plant-Care Tips
- Make Sure Your Succulents Get Enough Light. …
- Rotate Succulents Frequently. …
- Water According to the Season. …
- Water the Soil Directly. …
- Keep Succulents Clean. …
- Choose a Container with Drainage. …
- Plant Succulents in the Right Soil. …
- Get Rid of Bugs.
Furthermore, are there succulents in Africa?
Aesthetically pleasing, with very little maintenance required and the ability to purify the air, these succulents from Africa have been recommended in large numbers to fill up factories, schools, offices, and homes.
Subsequently, how often do you water African succulents?
How often to water and fertilize: While growing, cacti and succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the ‘drainage holes’ of the pots.
Where do succulents grow best?
Since most succulents come from dry, arid, areas like deserts and other climates of similar temperament, most of them do well in full sun. Cacti, jade plants and varieties of agave in particular do well in full sun.
The main purpose of placing pebbles on the bottom of the potted succulent plant is to enhance drainage. Succulents and cacti naturally grow in sandy soils that drain quickly. Succulent roots should never be left in wet soil. The rocks help move water through the soil to prevent the roots from rotting.
South Africa is known for its succulent Karoo which stretches from the South African west coast to southwestern Namibia. The climate here is arid or semi-arid making it a rich habitat for many species of succulent plants.
Cacti are native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, which also grows in Africa and Sri Lanka.
Here are some of the plant characteristics to look for when identifying succulents:
- Leaf – shape, size and thickness.
- Color – of leaves, flowers or stems.
- Markings or bumps on the leaves.
- Flower – shape, color, number of blooms and petals.
- Stem – color, texture, length.
- Ciliate hairs.
- Epicuticular wax.
- Spikes, spines or smooth.
Echeveria is a large genus of succulents belonging to the Crassulaceae family, which is native to the semi-desert areas of central America, the North Western regions of South America and Mexico.
The Aloe genus is restricted to Africa and Madagascar, and many species are indigenous to South Africa. … Most aloes are drought tolerant, making them a good choice for waterwise gardens.
According to Business Insider, succulent poachers are roaming across South Africa, where about a third of the planet’s succulents are found. They’re digging up these rare plants and cacti, and selling them to plant lovers across Asia, Europe, and North America to quench the rising demand for houseplants.