amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; 2 The melanin protects you from damaging UV rays. This should ensure water runs through the soil easily. So, too, do plants develop more colorfully pigmented anthocyanin in response to sun exposure. 2. Maybe I won’t kill them all if I keep reading your blog. You really “get” it!!! Also, they are easy to grow. I myself don’t subscribe to doing anything to a plant, as for ex. I passed on your e-course on succulents to a couple of people in a garden group for students at a local high school. Continue watering the plant when the soil is dry as well. the down side is to cut it all back in the fall/winter ir else it falls into the pond thak you Elaine for your helpful article God blesas have a great day, Pat, Hi Patricia, ~Kat, You are most welcome, Angela! Keep up the great work. I am delighted to be able to help you! Stay tuned! The color changes can be quite remarkable.
At the Succulent Cafe, one of my favorite haunts, they grow a lot of aeonium kiwi. Thank you!! Four to six hours of sunlight is usually preferred. But it is also exposing them to stress. If you have any questions, please let me know. Or have you seen your succulents changing color and wondered why? It seems to me, sorry to say so, cruel. Planting these amazing plants indoors is very easy. Have you ever purchased beautiful, colorful succulents, only to have them turn mostly green in a short period of time? I would melt! I absolutely LOVE your articles!!! Thanks so much! But eventually they need a respite, lest stress become life-threatening. Although temperature and water will also cause stress and enhance pigmentation, it’s important to only use one method at a time. with beautiful lavender is the rule. Many environmental changes can cause succulent stress. {Please note, some links in this post may be affiliate links to sites that pay me a small commission if you click on the link and make a purchase. Changes in the season caused enough change in the amount of sunshine to result in an increase in anthocyanin and carotenoid production in the spring months. Succulents can definitely get stressed especially due to nutritional, watering, and light related causes. I am in a dorm, so the grow lights are my only options. Thanks SO much! I don’t intend to offend in any way. When a plant is grown in sufficient sunlight, it retains a more compact growth habit. Proper Care After Shipment. Related: common types of succulents. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }
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We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. ~Kat, can I use the water from my dehumidifier for the succulents, Hi Marlene, Thank you so much. ~Kat. You just made my day! Wonderful that you’re including the hows and whys of stress & pigments it produces. To care for your succulent container garden and prevent root rot, let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Let’s take a deeper look at this topic. Those bright colors need more light and direct sun than most of our homes can give them. All forms of life encounter and respond to stress. This April, I returned to take the other 3 photos. That’s the part I find the most helpful for understanding their care. Fill the bottom one-third of the container with pre-moistened potting mix, then position your plant inside and backfill with more pre-moistened potting mix. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; I’m learning a lot from your blog. In response, they produce higher levels of anthocyanin. I am in Australia, about 200 kilometres north of Sydney. Aeonium canariense. How to Stress Succulents (And Why You Should) Plenty of sun brings out brilliant reds and yellows in certain succulents, but how much to "stress" the plants varies depending on where you live, the time of year, and the kind of plant. Mist your succulents gently every 2-4 days. Isn’t it fascinating the many ways plants protect themselves? SO glad you’re enjoying it! Above, you see photos of two green jade plants I have growing in my garden. Coming to it from first principles. But this is based on a very limited notion of “stress”. And I hugely appreciate your spreading the word! If you don’t live in these zones, you should grow them indoors for better results. Thanks so much for reading, and have fun with your succulents! You made my day! This will depend upon the varieties you have and your climate. Gently loosen other soil, and sift new soil around the roots, using your fingers or blunt end of a pencil to tamp it lightly as you go. =) I am happy to help. Thanks very, very much. So glad you’re enjoying the site! The worst-case scenario for a succulent is root rot, which is mainly caused by overwatering or poor drainage. You can buy specialist cactus or succulent compost, or make it yourself. amzn_assoc_linkid = "eff25e025b4933618b12d662eeaa731f"; Now tell me – are you interested in soothing succulent stress? Thank you for these informative articles on raising, understanding and appreciating succulents. While it is grown in more shade than the one on the left, it has also developed considerably more red pigment, to combat the stress of the very low water levels it receives. Thanks so much for sharing it! Thanks SO much, Yvonne! We listed succulents that are easy to propagate, grow and care for. We’re focusing on the types of stress that cause succulents to increase their production of anthocyanin or caretenoid. But some stress, in limited doses, can actually make us stronger, and more fit. They loved it too! Just this morning I was wondering why my Graptosedum ‘Alpenglow’ is green instead of the orange it was a few months ago. Growing succulents is an easy way to get familiar with plant growing. Thank you soo much for your wonderful information on succulents! I grow indoors in Terra Cotta pots, a North facing window, with a 1700 lumen 6500K led grow light 2 inches above the tallest succulent and 6 inches above the shortest. This post is for you! Hi Marjie, ~Kat. I just started trying to grow succulents and this blog is exactly what I need! Love how you brought in children’s immune responses! Then let the soil dry out completely before watering again. ~Kat. Hi Sonja, amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon";
Thank you again. Remember that some succulents can remain outdoors year-round because they are winter hardy. When you play in the sun and develop a tan, your skin produces melanin in greater quantities, giving you a browner color. They may also look translucent, but a strong indicator of root rot is the blackening of the stem and/or leaves. I’m sure many people draw their lines at different places on this continuum. Thanks so much for sharing this information, as well as for the feedback! Place the potted succulent in a sunny location. Hi Dan, A few common succulents that redden when stressed: Kalanchoe luciae. I am so grateful for all your help. If other plants don’t survive in your dry, winter home, try growing indoors succulent plants. The 7 steps e-course has been a perfect tool to introduce myself in this amazing succulents’world. If I get sick or there’s an emergency that takes me from home. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; It’s Very Informative and excellent tips with reasoning. The same plant in the same blue pot shows far more color in the spring due to more hours of daylight. The only time it’s advisable to use a large pot is when you are making an arrangement with several succulents such as a succulent terrarium. Please feel free to ask any questions!