(TMU) – While most people love plants and flowers and enjoy gardening, many more live in small apartments with no outside gardening space or don’t think they’ll be able to grow anything in their apartments. Plants, inside and outside our homes, can bring much pleasure and many plants are suitable for indoor growing are great at purifying air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen and increase humidity. Taking care of them is a great way to de-stress and relax.
Succulents come in all shapes, colors and varieties and are found in delicate to tough ground-covers. Succulents are intriguing climbers with lush trailing leaves perfect for hanging baskets and come in a multitude of exotic shapes suitable for planting in pots and straight into a garden.
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The Mermaid Tail Succulent (Crested Senecio Vitalis) is one of the more popular succulents named after the shape it resembles, in this case the tail of a mermaid or whale sticking out of the water. This subtle green/blue color of the plant will look stunning in any room of a home. The mermaid’s tail grows wider (up to 3-5 feet) than its height (up to 2 feet).
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Succulents come in unique and interesting varieties and succeed provided they are potted in a porous, preferably coarse, sandy potting soil to allow for good drainage and live in a sunny spot or an area with good light.
A good weekly soak will be enough and even a bit longer if you are someone who forgets. Succulents can be quite forgiving but will shrivel up if left without water for too long, but even so, they can come back to life, as they do in nature after a drought.
The leaves, stems and roots a retain water which allow them survive much longer than most other plants would in a similar circumstance. Succulents need less watering in colder weather and need regular deep soaking watering during hot and dry weather.
Spider mites love succulents and will destroy your plant if left unchecked.
These mites are tiny and you should examine your plants regularly, especially the underside of the leaves where they prefer to feed, sucking the liquid out of the leaves. You’ll likely notice their web threads before you notice the mites.
Although their lifespan is only about a month long, the population can grow very fast since the female reaches sexual maturity in just five days and she can lay up to 20 eggs a day.
Neem oil is a great option for treating mites and as a preventative treatment. Use in combination with high pressure water washing the bottom of the leaves which will destroy the web and get rid of most of the mites, do this over a bucket and cover the pot and soil with a plastic bag to avoid the soil from falling out. Neem oil is a natural pesticide that won’t kill bees.
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