What are the requirements of cactus and succulent plants for watering?

When we water cactus and succulent plants, we should water them in a timely and appropriate amount.

1. Requirements for moisture

Water is indispensable to all living things.

Palm flowers and fleshy flowers are no exception.

Some people think that since they are drought tolerant, they don’t need much water, and they would rather be dry than wet during cultivation.

But this is not comprehensive.

Their ability to withstand drought does not mean that they can not have an adequate supply of water at any time.

Although temporary water shortage will not lead to its death, it does not mean that it will grow well.

In fact, in the country of origin, the water supply is sufficient every rainy season.

In their early growth stage, vigorous growth stage and seed germination stage, they have a great demand for water.

Therefore, we must be familiar with the growth characteristics of various species and supply water in a timely and appropriate amount.

Another characteristic of this kind of flowers is that the roots cannot be soaked for a long time, that is, the soil cannot stagnate.

Terrestrial species grow in arid areas.

Although the precipitation in rainy season is very concentrated, the soil water holding capacity is poor, so the roots will not be soaked for a long time.

Epiphytic forests have more rain all year round, but they do not grow at the bottom of the forest.

Most of them grow in tree branches and tree holes, and the water loss is very fast.

Therefore, epiphytic species need to spray water frequently, and they like higher air humidity, but they are not suitable for continuous soil waterlogging.

The leafy succulent plants in succulent plants are more sensitive to water shortage.

We can often see in Cultivation: the lower leaves of aloe and stone lotus are withered and yellow;

The tongue shaped leaves of glossal flowers collapse and wither;

After water shortage, the cylindrical leaves shrink and become thinner, and many longitudinal wrinkles appear on the surface.

All these show that the water demand of succulent plants with leaves is large.

The stem succulent plants and stem succulent plants are relatively drought tolerant because of their huge water storage organs.

Whether palms or succulent plants, the requirements for water are mainly reflected in the timely and appropriate amount.

Timely means that they need more water during growth, but less or no water during dormancy;

The seedling stage needs more water, but the formed plant needs less water.

Appropriate amount means that we should supply water appropriately according to different types and growth potential, and take into account the changes of weather.

2. Requirements for water quality and temperature

The water we use for watering flowers should not contain salt, nor too much calcium, magnesium ions and other harmful chemicals.

In addition, water should be neutral or slightly acidic.

General rainwater and unpolluted River and lake water can be used to water flowers.

The tap water used in the city is best placed for two days before use.

This is to let the chlorine in the water run away.

Their requirements for water temperature also vary from season to season.

The general principle is that the water temperature should be basically the same as the room temperature when watering.

Therefore, we’d better set up a water storage tank or water tank in the greenhouse.

In this way, the water temperature and room temperature will not differ much in winter and summer.

Some small ponds in rural areas have more organic matter in the water, but long-term use is easy to breed algae on the surface of the basin soil.

Spraying plants with this water can sometimes breed algae on the plant surface.

This will make the plant surface covered with green or other colors of ancillary pollutants, thus affecting the viewing.

Before we use this kind of water, we can put a few grains of potassium permanganate in the water.

This can not only eliminate algae, but also make the flowers bloom more brightly.

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