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Piante grasse

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Dear Marta,

despite the fact that we see in shops and nurseries many compositions made up of succulent plants, I believe that placing succulent plants in pots without drainage is equivalent to a death sentence. Most succulents are afraid of excessive humidity, and should be grown in pots that have excellent drainage, possibly cooked, so that the soil can dry perfectly.

The lithops are a borderline case, because if cultivated in presence of excessive humidity, they tend to rot with an incredible rapidity; besides this, each species has different periods of growth and of vegetative rest, if it waters a lithops, even very little, in the wrong period, it deteriorates very quickly; and, unluckily, in a glass pot, the humidity stagnates for strength, and it is not easy for the plants to enjoy the air exchange they need.

Furthermore, most succulent plants love to be exposed in full sun, or in any case in an area where they enjoy at least a few hours a day of direct sunlight: the glass in the sun heats up, and can have a slow effect, which will burn your plants. We exclude, by sure, all cacti, native to the semi-desert areas of Central and South America, which, therefore, love a dry, well ventilated climate, and many of which, in winter, love to live on the terrace, in the dry.

There are some succulents (few) that like a slightly wetter climate, but some are rare plants, and look particular; some euphorbias prefer a climate more similar to that present in your pot, as well as some sedum or other succulents that form rosettes. The problem is that many of these plants tend to develop well, so you’d quickly have to move them out of the pot, where even just one could stay.

If you really want to use your glass pot, you can think of placing plants that are typically grown in apartments, and that love regular humidity, such as some orchids, or even the most common plants that are kept at home, such as the spathifillo, or anthurium.

In the nursery you can also find mixtures of small leaf plants, apartment plants, usually have multicolored leaves of various shapes, some wallpapering, other erect, these small plants are certainly much more suitable than succulents to live in a glass bowl, first of all love a good ambient humidity, and also need to live in bright places, but not exposed to direct sunlight.

In some cases you can replace part of the soil with colored gel beads, which in addition to being decorative, will allow you to forget for weeks of your plants, as the gel will provide watering.

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