It is possible to emphasize the uniqueness of plants with the help of interesting shaped pots and containers for these room “inhabitants”. They can decorate themselves as the interior of the room, and almost any landscape composition.
Features of plants from the family of succulents
The general difference for all members of the genus is the similarity of the form of fleshy leaves or stems, and not related relationships. Representatives of succulents are found in each of the plant families that exist in nature.
All plants are similar to each other due to the special coating of leaves and stems. These are the spines, bristles and hairs that perform a protective function. A characteristic feature of succulents is the fleshy structure of the plant body and a bluish-bluish bloom. Succulent is a plant that, thanks to its protective properties, survives in the complete absence of moisture. They have well-developed accumulating properties, due to which moisture is permanently retained in the leaves and trunks of plants. So, the plant itself feeds itself with water in the complete absence of external sources of moisture.
Another feature of plants lies in the root system. Succulent is a representative of the flora, the root system of which is so developed that with the help of this plant even wall panels and mosaics are created. This is a new trend in landscape design, and it is worth noting, it enjoys crazy popularity.
Succulents as elements of modern interior decoration
Succulent is a favorite of landscape designers. The way such plants exist makes them absolutely adaptable to any climatic conditions. If you like greens, but do not want or do not have time to care for flowers, the type of plants that suits you is succulents. Types of flowers of different families allow you to create a variety of compositions in pots, wall for interior decoration, alpine slides and rockeries for the outside. Interior solutions and options for outdoor landscape design in this sense are endless.
Succulent plants, a family of forty species, are excellent materials for home decoration. With their decorative properties, they cope better than any relatives. Ground flower, Kalanchoe, agave are well combined and suitable for outdoor decoration of gardens, greenhouses or green areas near the window sills.
Succulent is a plant that is good to keep in the bathroom. A place with high humidity is an excellent environment for growing such plants. By combining succulents with cacti, you can create living corners of the house. Such vegetation is not whimsical, because it survives in any conditions. The only thing worth thinking about, complementing mosaic pictures from living plants with cacti, is safety. Such a composition, placing it on the wall, it is better to glaze. When creating individual elements of decor, succulents (plant species) and cacti are often placed in glass flasks, cubes, vases and aquariums.
Plant Care Rules
Succulent plants are not too whimsical, but still, if you want to keep them in the house, you should familiarize yourself with the rules of caring for them.
Succulents adore light. Therefore, most plants are recommended to be stored in places with abundant solar or artificial lighting.
Some succulent flowers prefer darkness to light. Such types of plants are most often used to create wall panels.
Succulent flowers like moderation in temperature. It is important that the difference between day and night temperature is at least 5 degrees, then the plants will feel comfortable.
There is no need to water the succulents often. Home care involves monitoring the level of soil moisture and watering as needed. Such plants can easily live up to 3 weeks without water and at the same time feel comfortable, in no way externally showing a lack of moisture. Nature prepared them for this.
It is interesting to plant succulents. Home care for the root zone requires constant loosening and drainage. The root system should receive a lot of oxygen. As the composition for planting choose breathable or crumbly mixture.
Features of planting and breeding
Room succulents can only exist harmoniously if you have landed them correctly. It is important that the container you use for planting is practically flat. As a basis for the substrate suitable forest land, mixed with river sand in a ratio of 1: 4 and charcoal - 1: 5.
Succulent reproduction occurs in two ways.
Often for planting succulents are used florariums - transparent containers that openly demonstrate the substrate poured into their layers.
Succulent plants multiply by stem cuttings and leaves. Separated cuttings are not placed in water (as is done with other types of houseplants), but they are allowed to dry for several days (2-3). After that, immediately planted in the ground.
The reproductive process with the help of leaves looks like this: the leaves are placed on top of the wet ground and left. The leaf itself will germinate. The best for breeding succulents consider the period from April to August.
Using seeds for planting, it is necessary to pay special attention to the quality of planting material. Only healthy and fully ripened seeds will be able to germinate. To bring such material at home is difficult, so you need to either buy seeds or use the vegetative method known for all to grow house plants.
Interesting! For regular flowering of plants, create special conditions - poor soil, the content in a flat container and the minimum amount of watering will allow succulents to move into the flowering phase.
Succulents and their features
This material will be useful to those who study succulents. Types of plants that are popular, are presented in the top ten most popular flowers for home maintenance.
A typical representative of the group “leaf succulents”.
The plant is light-requiring, does not tolerate excess moisture and is interesting for its spherical shape, formed by dense leaves with a white rim along the edges.
It is especially popular with novice gardeners. It is a thorny shrub with elongated greenish-matte sprigs falling down. Flowers surprise with their shapes and shades.
Lithops ("living stones")
Succulents are often named because of their bizarre appearance. Such plants look good in rockery composition. Lithops love the sun. The flowering period begins from July to August. Plants are resistant to pests and diseases. They are easy to care for.
A handicraft plant with bundles of green or red leaves collected in the correct rosettes. As an element of decor is used as a composite element of Chinese gardens, alpine slides. Eonium is ideal for outdoor landscape decoration, as it loves a lot of light and does not suffer from a lack of moisture.
Often found in the gardens of true connoisseurs of landscape art. This flower is easy to pick up the supplement and combine it with other succulents. Like all plants, succulents are hardy and picky in their care.
It is famous for its decorative properties. The appearance of flowers alone is admirable. External beauty is the only thing for which you can love this plant, because it has a disgusting aroma. The smell of carrion arises from the characteristics of pollination of succulent. But, despite this drawback, gardeners are actively using the slipway as a bright accent when decorating a landscape or garden. The flower fits perfectly into the compositions of rockeries and alpine slides, but it is not recommended to keep such a plant in the house.
The typical representative of stemless succulents. Thick and fleshy leaves, covered with white dots, form a high rosette. Gasteria requires special care and care, since the plant's root system is poorly developed. Flowering occurs in early spring. From the center of the rosette appears a long flower stalk with flowers of white or orange hue, which look like bells.
A related plant with pineapple dwarf species. Small sockets collected in a pillow, together with green leaves form a luxurious ball. For abrometeli favorable is a dry and hot climate.
The plant, the rosette of which is formed by high arrow-shaped leaves. The leaf structure is soft and fleshy, color is green, framed from small spines. Aloe is a medicinal plant that is actively used in traditional medicine.
The bright representative of the plants disguised as "live stones". They are green with a grayish or limestone coating. The leaves of the plants are collected in rosettes, and the flowers look like asters. The flower is much larger than the plant body itself. Argyroderma is ideal for decorating a house as part of rock arias or other decorative composition. The amazing shape of the plants attracts the eye. Being correct geometrically and similar to man-made, it makes you wonder what it is: a plant or a stone, a work of nature or a cunning human fiction.
Unpretentiousness, endurance, exclusivity - all these are the features that succulents possess. The names of the plants occurred on the basis of their descriptions and useful properties, and the flowers themselves were fixed in the design. They harmoniously look in large-scale landscape compositions in combination with other representatives of the flora and are well suited for decorating city apartments.
Interesting! Few people know that everybody's beloved money tree belongs to the group of succulents. This is a favorite material for green decoration from interior designers.
The decorative possibilities of succulents are endless, this is what contributes to the wide spreading of modern trends in decorating exotic plants that have not been familiar to us before.
Simplicity in leaving and unpretentiousness give the chance to experiment to the beginning gardener. After all, it is never too late to start mastering landscape art and interior décor, starting from scratch.