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Succulent plants - overview
Cactus and succulent plants

Succulent plants have a variety of forms, many being common as ornamentals. Used for foliage and flowers to decorate their rooms, balconies, terraces and gardens. Agave and Furcraea gardens can grow even in soil, on rocks.

Climate requirements are approximately the same for all succulent plants, can grow together. They need the light of the sun, of a porous soil with good drainage, and a relative air drought.

Compost to be used as a substrate for succulent plants must be composed of 1 part leaf soil, 2 parts coarse sand (2-4 mm diameter), 1 / 3 well decomposed organic manure, 1 / 3 garden soil, 1 / 3 charcoal and stone ground.

For Aloe, Euphorbia and Agave, compost can be land rich leaves and organic fertilizer. Aeonium and Echeveria need a substrate with more sand, but not to excess.

Potassium monophosphate is a good fertilizer for all plants fat, 1 gr. / L of water.

Potassium nitrate is used 1 g. / L twice a month for all juicy.

Magnesium sulfate, 1 gr. / L of water once a year for all juicy, and for Asclepiadoideae every 15 days.

Most can be juicy and vegetative propagation by seeds, spring, the best conditions for seed germination is 30-35 ° C and humidity relAtiv of 90%.

In alpine areas, the plants should be protected in winter snow, keeping them at temperatures from 0 to 1 ° C.

References

Diana Morgan - Succulents for Mediterranean Climate Gardens - Rosenberg, 2004  

Anne Swithinbank - The Greenhouse Gardener - Frances Lincoln, 1 edition, 2006

Debra Lee Baldwin - Designing with Succulents - Timber Press, 2007

Ray Rogers - Crazy About Cacti and Succulents - Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2006

Focke Albers, Ulrich Meve - Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Asclepiadoideae - Springer, 2 edition, 2003

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Cactus and succulent plants
Corryocactus quadrangularis F. Ritter 1958

Corryocactus is a genus of cacti native of western South America, with strong columnare strains. Flowers are bell shaped. Fruit large overall, with thorns, edible.

 
Aloe vera Mill.

Aloe Vera - perennial herb with stem wood, 2-3 m, simple neramificata, covered by remnants of dried leaves. Rosette leaves collected in the top of the trunk, Sesia, triangulation into sections and are consistent meat lower surface is convex, the top is concave according to the turgid leaf

 
Rhipsalis grandiflora Haworth 1819

Genus Rhipsalis includes 35 species of cacti, originating from dry areas of Canada to Patagonia and naturalized in the tropics and subtropice. Pendente growth, numerous bends. Stem cylindrical, with ribbed or payment. The flowers are small. Fruit small, spherical, fleshy.

 
Hatiora gaertneri

Hatiora gaertneri pendence is a shrub, very branched. Originally from southeastern Brazil, which grows at altitudes of 350-1300 m. The stem is segmented, each segment is about 5 cm, with small notches on the edges, green mat. Is devoid of thorns, or are very small.

 
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