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Bowl that dies

Bowl that dies

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Question: bowl that dies

hello, with very little experience, I bought the clay and, using the common earth I had at home, I prepared a mixed bowl of succulent plants ... which I love. For about a month everything went well but now ... one after the other, they fold back on themselves and their interior has turned into jelly. Help!!! Where did I go wrong? (little water and once a week) I state that the other succulent plants, in single pots, do not enjoy all these attentions but are very well. Thanks

Answer: bowl that dies

Dear Simona,
succulent plants, or succulents, belong to thousands of different species and varieties, with needs that are also very different from each other; even the cacti, although belonging to the same family, the cacti, originally come from areas with a different climate, and therefore may have needs that differ significantly from each other. That said, most cacti is united by the need for a lot of sunlight, in many cases even direct, and by hatred for excess watering. A soil that remains moist for a long time quickly causes the decay of these plants. The reasons why a soil is very wet can be multiple: excess watering; a vase without a drainage hole; plants exposed in a place without direct sunlight, and ventilation; poor quality soil.
In addition to this, the cacti do not like to be placed in mixed bowls, first because they often do not have the same cultivation needs, and because, by placing the plants in a large vase, it is difficult to understand how much space is dedicated to each individual root system. If you want to continue growing fat plants, avoid preparing mixed pots; rather repot each individual plant in its single container, always choosing slightly larger pots than the previous ones, without the plants enjoying excessive space. So he learns to water when the plants need it, and not when the calendar says it: most of the cacti need watering only when the soil is dry; this can mean once a week in April, but also lean every day if we are in August and the plants are placed on the terrace in the full summer sun. As for the soil, most of the cacti prefers very loose and very well drained soils; before trying to make random mixes, buy the specific soil in the nursery. For the cacti it is usually used a mixture prepared with a part of universal soil, a part of sand and a part of incoherent material, such as expanded clay, or pumice stone or lapillus. So, learn to keep the plants in the right exposure: many cacti love direct sunlight for at least a few hours a day, and don't like to be grown in the living room on the shelf as far as possible from the window.