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3 succulents for small pots: how to grow them

For those who have decided to decorate their home with i KalaMitica magnetic vessels, or for those who simply love them fat plants and wants to grow some species in particularly small containers, here are some tips on which seedlings to choose and how to take care of them.
They have complicated names, it’s true, but looking at the photos we are sure that you will recognize them immediately.

Crassula mesembryanthemoides

crassula mesembryanthemoides

It is one of the most common succulents but it has really come a long way to get to Europe, the Crassula mesembryanthemoides it is in fact native to distant Namibia.

You can grow this variety of Crassulacea in every type of vase, including the smaller ones.
So much his name is difficult to pronounce, so much is easy to take care of her, just pay some basic attention. Let’s see them in detail.

Every spring, arm yourself with a fertilizer for succulents, it is a liquid solution readily available on the market, mix it with water, according to the indications on the label, and administer it to the plants once a month.

This operation, given the addition of water, is also valid as “watering”; count that the frequency with which the crassula needs to be wet and nourished, in the warmer seasons, it is exactly the same, once a month.

Le Crassulaceae are succulent plants, that is, they accumulate water in their tissues; they do not suffer from drought but are very sensitive to excess water, be careful not to overdo it. Stop watering and fertilizing during the winter.

To allow the Crassula mesembryanthemoides to grow strong and luxuriant position it in a semi-shaded place with a temperature that never drops below 7 ° C.

Opuntia microdasys albata


Opuntia microdasys albata is one Cactaceae, the family of cactus, is a decidedly decorative plant, also available in the “mini version”.

Before growing it, however, make sure you have a very bright place as this plant requires a certain amount of sunlight to remain healthy.

To fertilize it (and wet it) you can always use a specific fertilizer for the fat plants mixed with water, counting that theirrigation it must be really infrequent, about Once a month or in any case only when the soil is very dry.

From November to February the operation should be further limited.

Another feature of theOpuntia microdasys albata Is that of do not resist too low temperatures: in winter, in warm weather, indoors, near a well-lit window, it will look great.

From spring through to the hot season, these plants will tend to emit new “leaves” (called cladodes), eliminate the excess ones, based on the shape you want to give to the vegetation and counting that it will benefit the plant health which, if overgrown, could suffer in a small pot.

Echinopsis subdenudata

fat plant

With the’Echinopsis subdenudata you need to be a little careful in choosing the position, it needs the right dose of light. To understand if the place is suitable, check that the plant does not “stretch” too much, in which case it would mean that it does not have enough light.

On the contrary, if the tissues take on a brownish color and harden, then the light is excessive.

With a little patience and a spirit of observation, you will find the corner that’s right for her.

Again I am from avoid too low temperatures, always keep above 10 ° C, at the same time make sure that the environment does not exceed 30 ° C, which often happens when you put a plant near a double-glazed window.

La spreading / wetting it must be carried out in spring and summer, always with the same method as the previous plants and that is diluting the liquid solution in the water, once a month; stop the operation in cold periods.

Photo credits: Simpio96 , Anna-Maria , funyane_pics

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