Desert in glass – cactuses and succulents
Some plants look beautiful in pots, but the truth is that it’s even better in the form of a mini arrangement in a glass vessel. Especially when we care about the Wow! Effect, we like to experiment and we constantly need changes!
Can there be anything more eye-catching than a piece of desert in glass? Well, maybe a forest in glass with a different group of plants . Every plant enthusiast will find something for himself. I assure you.
Therefore, in order to implement it, we invite you to the workshops in our florist’s shop. Together, we will create an original take-away arrangement. Fun guaranteed!
A few words about plants …
The group of plants included in the desert compositions is called succulents. They are characterized by thick, fleshy stems, hence their name. This is where they store their water, which is why they are able to survive long periods of drought. This is how Mother Nature thought it up.
Succulents include species such as such as Echeveries, Havorsia, Cacti, Spurgeons, Aloe, Crusher and less popular Lithops, i.e. living stones.
All these species have adaptive properties, e.g. ehevareas form compact, waxy leaves with small, spherical or cylindrical shapes, which naturally reduces the evaporation surface, protecting the plant from the scorching sun. Interestingly, some of the cacti are covered with a woolly cover that protects against direct sunlight and hot wind. On the other hand, the spiky coating, very often poisonous, is intended to protect against predators. It must be admitted that plants are incredibly intelligent.
The right position
The composition requires conditions that are close to natural. Therefore, we provide the most sunny place in the apartment, possibly slightly shaded (ideal for havorsia, gasteria and aloe). When we observe that the plants tilt under the influence of light, we are able to correct them by turning the vessel over, thus obtaining a regular habit.
In the case of Echeveria: if, instead of regularly and flatly spread leaves, we observe their rundown (thin, elongated, unnatural long shoots). We can’t do much at this point. The consequence of this is the lack of light. If we do not like this effect, all we have to do is replace the plant with a new one.
How to Water?
Despite the fact that the plants can withstand long periods of drought, they should still be watered regularly. Ideally every two weeks. Let’s not get confused by the statement that since these are desert plants, they can do it on their own. Not. Watering is the minimum concern we should provide. Tap water will be suitable for this purpose. Water moderately in spring and summer, bearing in mind that excess moisture may damage the roots. In the autumn-winter period, it is more sparing, so that the plant does not dry out.
Succulents also need to be fertilized, ideally once a month. The best fertilizer for succulents, properly diluted so as not to harm the plants. If they get too much nutrient, their shoots will grow soft and weak, and they won’t bloom either. We do not supply them during the vegetative rest period.
In conclusion, contrary to the misconceptions that they do not need watering and fertilizing at all, they are considered the masters of survival and, as a rule, forgive their carers for mistakes. Properly cared for, they will certainly pay back with an attractive appearance for years.