Drooping fat plants

Drooping fat plants

Question: Drooping fat plants


Hi everyone, I have many succulent plants, and at every change of seasons (spring and autumn) I always risk losing them all!
The plants are out on the terrace and are in the sun with eastern exposure. I watered them a few times and fertilized only once until now, and a beautiful plant died of rot ...
The other plants do not present rot, but their growth seems blocked, and the plants are collapsed, a crassula cannot even touch it that immediately loses leaves ... What should I do? Watering? Fertilize ?? I really don't know what to do !!
And finally:
I repotted some plants, the ground was never wet. After how long do I have to water from the repotting? And how soon can you conciliate them?
These plants that I repotted are also shabby, will they recover?

Answer: Drooping fat plants


Dear Luca,
not knowing where you live (and therefore what are the winter lows in your Region) I give you general indications. Most of the succulents are native to dry places, to Africa (succulent in general), and to South America (all cacti); in places of origin they are accustomed to having dry seasons, those with a cold climate, and seasons with irregular rainfall, those with a warm climate. Therefore, contrary to what happens in Italy, in nature most of the succulent plants receive water in the summer months, and during the months with harsh climate they endure long periods of drought, and the only water they receive is that of morning dew, which settles due to strong temperature changes between day and night. For this reason, some succulent plants can survive even at temperatures many degrees below zero, even up to -10 / -12 ° C, but only if they have a completely dry and dry soil; therefore, if you have plants that can live outdoors in the winter months, you will have to make sure that they do not receive the water of the weather and you will have to stop watering them already in September or October, so that on arrival of cold the ground is already dry, otherwise the development of radical rot awaits you around the corner. In addition to plants (often cacti) that can survive in cold climates, many succulents, originating from other parts of the world, need instead a constantly warm climate, with temperatures above 10 °, and therefore cannot live on the terrace during the winter months . There are many succulent plants, and they are spread all over the globe; their adaptation derives from the fact that they live in places where they cannot receive water for many months, but the climate on the highlands of Mexico is very different, with altitudes even higher than 2000 meters, or in the arid areas of Socotra, or even in the Alps Italian, where the sempervivum do not receive water because it is frozen. We are talking about thousands and thousands of species and varieties of plants, originating from the most disparate places on the globe; for this reason it is not possible to indicate a valid treatment for any succulent; It is instead essential that you be able to recognize the species of each of your plants, so that they can be placed in the most suitable place. In general, the succulent plants that can be outdoors, should be left dry and without fertilizer from September-October until April-May (it then depends on where you live); as soon as the nighttime minimum temperatures are above 12-15 ° C, start again with watering; freshly repotted plants should be left to dry for at least a week after repotting. The fertilizer is supplied once a month, however using a fertilizer for succulents, low in nitrogen and rich in potassium.