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Question: what succulents in the dark


I would like to grow succulent plants in rooms with little light: which are the most suitable?
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Choose succulents: Answer: what succulents in the dark


Dear Elio,
often with the terms succulents we mean the cactaceae, a family that has thousands of genera, originating in Central and South America, and also succulent plants originating from the African continent. The totality of these plants loves very bright exposures, and many like light plants, or the direct sun, especially during the summer months. If placed in poorly lit places they tend to develop abnormally, going to meet what in technical terms is called etiolation: the stems become thinner, become clear and disproportionately scrub. This behavior is a clear symptom of the fact that the plant is suffering from the lack of light. The cacti are not used to light, because in nature they do not develop in the undergrowth, or at the base of trees and shrubs full of leaves; indeed, they are particularly adapted to living in very sunny places. It often happens even to include succulent plants which, kept warm at home throughout the year and with poor lighting, tend to mummify in the long run: their external appearance seems to be that of a healthy plant, except for the fact that they do not develops, does not bloom and does not bear fruit; in reality they are practically dead plants, in a sort of suspended animation. My grandmother cultivated various succulent plants, of which she was very proud, and in winter she kept them (together with geraniums) in the garage, in the cold, and in the dark, without watering. In such a case, poor lighting may not harm succulent plants, but only because it is applied in the winter months and in a cold place, where the plants are in vegetative rest, and therefore do not need photosynthesis. At home these conditions cannot be repeated, because the climate is warm, with temperatures similar to those of spring, and therefore the plants never enter complete vegetative rest. If at home the space you have available for the plants is very dark and shady you can grow aspidters, or the classic pthotos, or even some philodendrons, which do not seem to suffer because of poor lighting. Also the ferns, ka almost entirely of the species, love the shaded areas, accompanied however to a high environmental humidity. So if you decide to grow ferns, remember to vaporize them often, because at home the climate is always excessively dry and plants like ferns tend to suffer a lot; in summer because of the air conditioning and hot, dry air, in winter due to the heating system and radiators, stoves and fireplaces, which remove a great deal of humidity from the air.