I just got a succulent and I don’t know how to take care of it, any tips?
Succulents (and all plants) need 3 things: sun, water, and nutrients
Most succulents prefer bright sun, and will show their best colours under full sun (at least 8 hours of direct sun a day). However they need to be acclimatized to full sun slowly! And of course, there are others that do okay with less sun and might even burn in harsh direct sun. Generally a few hours of direct sun a day will be enough to keep most succulents alive.
Most succulents don’t like too much water. You can water them whenever their leaves start to wrinkle, which could take a couple days to a couple months. Some have winter growing cycles and some have summer growing cycles - they need more water when they’re growing.
Most succulents live in nutrient-poor soil with very little organic matter. It’s possible to raise happy plants in pure pumice, or pure water culture. They don’t really need much fertilising and can take care of themselves as long as they have enough sunlight.
The key is to balance all three so that your plants are happy! Plants use sun, water, and nutrients in proportional amounts. So if your plant gets loads and loads of sun, it may need watering more often, and will be happy in a richer soil. If your plant doesn’t get much sun, then too much water will quickly kill it, while rich soil will cause it to grow a lot, but upwards and with floppy green leaves etiolating). One common issue is plants which get very little light but are planted in very rich soil and overwatered. They etiolate quickly and flop over or fall prey to mealybugs/rot. So it’s important to balance all the conditions according to your climate.
For me, there’s definitely very hot direct sun for hours a day, but it’s also generally humid and rains everyday. So I pot most succulents in 50%-100% pumice, which helps prevent rot. In a dry sunny climate, they would do better in a richer soil. There isn’t one definite soil mix or watering schedule to suit all plants/gardeners, so do experiment with conditions and see what your plant responds to well :)
HELP, there are bugs on my plant!!
White fuzz (usually at the joint between leaf and stem, OR on roots): Mealybugs. BAD. Sometimes accompanied/carried over by ants.
White/yellow/brown/reddish round spots on leafs that can be scraped off: Scale insects. BAD.
8 Legs, cute face: Spider. GOOD. (Will eat other bugs)
IF you’ve never changed the soil since you bought it, now might be a good time to do so. Bugs generally have certain preferred conditions (temperature, humidity), so if it suddenly happened, maybe it’s caused by the weather or a sudden change in environment. If it’s scale insects or other insects that attack the plant, definitely get rid of them and change the soil. You can wash them off with water or try white oil (recipe here: https://cactusandrain.tumblr.com/post/158558685870/white-oil-aka-mealybug-death-spray-also-works ). Good luck!
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A sun glints, a field of snow
Ghosts waft up in gusts of wind
Quiet, bopping each other
Like birthday balloons
A plaintive wish to bring calm
There’s more than winter
More than cycled structures
More than you’re wrong, I’m right
More than yearning for your place
Mythological ease in this
That I am, anxious
Wasting wanders and wonder
Who I am, where I belong
More than worry, it’s too late
More than think, I can’t have that
More than shrugging
More than pretend, I don’t care
More than hide in, I’m not that there
Their words have passed
They walk, filmy solids seen,
Not with eyes,
And their eyes, the haunting things
Their eyes plead, hear what we can’t say
☯ The “Yin Yang” (Taijitu) is a well-known Chinese symbol. Sometimes it’s called Tai-Chi symbol from I-Ching the “Book of Changes”. The I-Ching is the well spring of all Chinese philosophy. This unique and elegant form flows from the observation by the ancients of the change and flow of the natural phenomena of our universe.
People can more easily grasp the concepts of harmony, change and dual nature of the observed universe within the framework of the cosmic unity by talking about the sun (Yang), moon (Yin) as symbolic of the male and female, positive and negative, active and passive nature of being. We see the harmony and balance of the cosmos and it flows directly from the ratios upon which the universe is built.
The ancients, seeking to understand the harmony of the cosmos first observed the night sky recording the positions of the constellation known as 北斗 “Beidou” in China or “The Big Dipper” in the West and watching the shadow of the Sun from a standard Chinese measuring post, an 8-foot pole, they determined the four directions. The direction of sunrise is the East; the direction of sunset is the West; the direction of the shortest shadow is the South and the direction of the longest shadow is the North. At night, the direction of the Polaris star is the North. They noticed the seasonal changes.
When the Dipper points to the East, it’s spring; when the Dipper points to the South, it’s summer; when the Dipper points to the West, it’s fall; when the Dipper points to the North, it’s winter. When observing the cycle of the Sun, ancient Chinese simply used the measuring pole and posted at right angles to the ground and recorded positions of the shadow. Then they found the length of a year is around 365.25 days. They even divided the year’s cycle into 24 segments including the Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice, using the sunrise and Dipper positions.
Brilliant in its simplicity. The astronomers then inscribed six concentric circles, marked the 24-Segment points, divided the circles into 24 sectors and recorded the length of shadow every day. The shortest shadow is found on the day of Summer Solstice. The longest shadow is found on the day of Winter Solstice. After connecting each lines and dimming Yin Part from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice the Sun chart looks like familiar figure above. ☯
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