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Succulent plant pots
Succulent plants or succulent plants have specific "succulent" tissues through which they are able to store a lot of water. This is why these fabrics are fleshy and enlarged.
The water they absorb is used intelligently by the plants themselves in times of drought, in fact they are very suitable for living in dry places. Many of these plants produce hair to reduce the loss of water through transpiration, indeed often, again for the same reason, their leaves are transformed into thorns and chlorophyll photosynthesis occurs only through the stem.
This term "succulent plants" contains a vast variety of plants similar to one another but belonging to different botanical families.
They are particular plants that do not have a precise history as there are no fossils of these, therefore we do not know their precise origin and the moment in which they appeared on earth. Furthermore, new species never seen before are often discovered, so it is difficult to establish the number of existing succulent plants.
Originating in desert and arid areas, however, they can be found in all parts of the earth with temperatures above zero degrees; they cannot grow in total absence of rain as they could not have their water supply.
For succulent plants, a very important element for their health is the pot in which they are planted.
It is important, to choose the most suitable pot for the succulent plant that we have, to understand the type of roots it has. If, for example, they are roots that develop in depth, we must be careful that the vase is not too low as otherwise it would not be able to grow as it should.
Generally succulent plants with a single root or a few lateral roots or a few large roots need tall vessels, more than three times their diameter; instead, plants that have many tangled roots adapt to any vase shape. In order not to make mistakes and independently of the construction material, therefore, it is better to always choose a vase high enough that also allows the insertion of an effective drainage in the bottom.
The earthenware vessels
Very beautiful and classic, more suited to staying in an apartment because they have a more pleasant appearance. There are various shapes and sizes, they are easily available in nurseries and flower shops, but not only, even in furniture stores.
They have a higher cost than other types of vessels and are fragile because they can be broken by bumping them; another aspect of these vessels is that they are heavier and more voluminous, therefore, they take up more space.
The good thing about crock pots is that they allow the transpiration of the soil or compost where the succulents live, but this also means that the drying of the soil will be faster because there is more water loss. In fact very often the earthenware vessels have only one hole on the bottom as a drainage channel.
So the earthenware pots transpire water but at the same time they can absorb it, so for a plant that needs little but constant moisture for the roots, just put a saucer right at the base of the earthenware pot, filled with sand or earth and wet this substrate frequently and only a few times, instead, the soil inside the vase.
The roots, in this way, will not have sudden changes in humidity.
If an earthenware pot is used, the repotting of the plant could be challenging because due to the porosity of the terracotta, the roots while they grow will touch the walls sticking to this porosity. Therefore, during the repotting, some roots may tear or in any case it will not be easy to extract the plant, it will be necessary to turn the pot upside down and tap the bottom to push it.
Another aspect, the earthenware vessels cannot be sterilized for repotting operations, with no type of chemical product, since they would absorb it slowly releasing it to the plant and seriously damaging it.
The earthenware, since it is a very bad heat conductor, is useful because even if the plant is located in very hot areas, the heat will never pass to the roots.
The plastic pots
Aesthetically simpler, plastic jars are also lighter and thinner.
They can deform and therefore the operations of repotting and extraction of the plant will be much simpler and moreover they are more resistant to impacts.
Plastic jars can be washed or disinfected because they do not absorb the used products, therefore at every repotting, they can come back as new.
Those of black color are perhaps less suitable for succulent plants because black, not reflecting the sun's rays, will transmit the heat first to the compote and then to the roots.
The plastic does not breathe at all, therefore the soil that surrounds the plant will dry up with greater difficulty is for this reason that this type of vase has various holes on the bottom as drains. This precaution will prevent water stagnation that would seriously damage the plant and it is important to know, moreover, that the watering must be reduced compared to a plant in an earthenware pot.
This is perhaps the most significant disadvantage of plastic pots, since succulents are very prone to rot of the roots. Furthermore, the fact that the plastic does not insulate from heat will cause the soil of the succulent plant to fall more and more down compared to the soil of a plant that is found in an earthenware pot and this could create favorable conditions for fungi or parasites .
Pots succulents: The size of the pot
In general it is always a good idea to place the succulent plants in not too small pots, since this favors greater growth.
It is true that succulent plants, if kept in small pots, do not suffer like other plant species, but an average size can certainly benefit their prosperity.
It is also important to remember that an excessively large vessel will mean a greater amount of land that will retain much more water, leading to problems with root rot for the succulent plant.