How to care for succulents in the summer: useful tips for the care of succulents in the hottest periods of the year. When can they be kept in summer and how often to water.
After seeing how to protect succulents from the cold (see the article: succulents in winter), today we will see thecareto be allocated tosucculentin the hottest period of the year.
How to care for succulents in the summer
With the heat, thesucculentthey can be moved outdoors.
Let's start with one of the most popular doubts: can succulents be grown indoors even in summer? Yes. Succulents can be grown indoors at all times of the year. However, if you keep them indoors even in summer, you will need to give them more attention as well as a few more watering.
Thesucculent plantsorCAM plants, are the most popular and best-selling for their compact size, particular shapes and above all for their ease of cultivation.
It is true that they require very little care: only a little water during the summer and little maintenance. These plants can be grown indoors all year round, or, those who have the opportunity, can move them outdoors during the summer.
Where to keep succulents? You should grow them in the sunniest location in the garden (in summer), and when you move them indoors, you should arrange them in the brightest location.
How to clean succulents
At any time of the year, succulents must be cleaned. Yes, especially those who cultivatesucculents in the house, you will have to remember to… dust them! It's not a joke! Succulents accumulate dust like any other object in the house. The dust hides the real color of the plant and above all prevents the photosynthesis process.
Forclean succulentsyou can use a brush with soft bristles, able to reach even the cavities of the fleshy parts. If the leaves or other parts of the plant have hair and thorns, for clean the leaves of succulents you will have to use the hair dryer. Operate the hairdryer at a minimum, with a cold air jet. Keep the hairdryer at a distance of 15 cm from the stems and direct the jet of air in order to "sweep" away the dust accumulated on the plant.
Succulents in the summer, care
To ensure a prolonged flowering and limit exposure to diseases, it will be necessary to intervene periodically and remove the withered flowers from the plant. No scissors, to perform this cleaning you just have to grab the flower corollas between your thumb and forefinger and gently remove it.
If the plant was exposed to adisease,all damaged parts must be removed. You will need to act as promptly as possible: eliminate the compromised parts before the disease can spread. Damaged leaves and stems (which become dark) must be removed with the aid of a well-sharpened pair of scissors. Before storing the shears or in any case before using them on another plant or on the healthy parts of the same plant, you will need to sterilize the blade.
When to water succulents
In winter, watering is rare. In summer, you will have to administer water once a week. If the environment is particularly dry and hot, you will need to intervene more frequently (twice a week).
Thefat plantsthey are irrigated by wetting the cultivation soil. We only intervene when the substrate is perfectly dry.
Those who grow succulents at home, in warm places with a dry climate, in addition to irrigation, may need to spray non-calcareous water on the plant. Avoid getting the flowers wet.
Fertilizer for succulents
A good fertilizer for succulents must provide a lot of potassium, good doses of phosphorus and little nitrogen. Micronutrients such as boron (B), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo) and zinc (Zn) must not be missing.
There are several products on the market, to buy them you just need to go to a garden center, a nursery or agricultural consortium. Fertilizers for succulents are also easily found on Amazon. Among the various proposals I would like to point out the Optimus fertilizer for succulents because it is among the cheapest (and above all complete and balanced) on the market. A 250 ml bottle can be bought with 3.50 euros and free shipping costs.
For all information you can visit the Amazon page: Optimus fertilizer for succulents.
The producer recommends using the fertilizer every week in the months from February to September and every 15 days in the winter months. If you irrigate succulents with calcareous water (very hard tap water) then you should follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
If you irrigate succulents with distilled water (or let tap water rest 24 - 48 hours before administering it and throw away the residue at the bottom of the watering can), then you can limit yourself to administering the fertilizer every 15 days in the summer and once a month in winter.
Summer is also the best time to multiply your succulents by cuttings. You can make a simple leaf cutting.
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