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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
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Juicy species, perennial, native to Madagascar, was introduced in Europe in 1920. The species is named after Robert Blossfeld. Undergrowth of 40 cm height. Leaves simple, opposite, succulent, elliptic to ovata, the strains are from the top of Blong-lanceolata, 2-10 cm long, red margin, crenate, glabra.

 
Delosperma cooperi

 Delosperma cooperi originated southern Africa. Prostrata or erect stem, grows up to 13 cm high and 60 inches wide. Leaves opposite, succulent, cylindrical or 3 angles, without stipule. Flowers solitary or Cime, terminal or axillary, 8 cm diameter, open purple, calyx with 5 lobes unequal, inferior ovary with 5 rooms.

 
American Agave

Agave americana - herbaceous plant, perennial, rhizome drajonant. Arid soils increases in southern Texas, but naturalized in warm regions of the globe.

Agave blooms just once in its life cycle, from 80-100 years after the plant dies.

 
Aptenia cordifolia Schwantes

Aptenia cordifolia - Prostate species, evergreen, native to southern Africa. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovat-cord, edge entire, 1-3 cm long. Flowers solitary, terminal or axillary, short pedunculate, 1 cm diameter, 4 sepa unequal petals united at the base, pink to purple, stamens numerous. Blooms in April-August. Fruit capsule, obconica, 4 valves, 1 cm long.

 
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

 
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