The majority of succulent plants like CAL Farms Beautiful Assorted Variety Succulents grow in areas with high sunlight and high temperature during daytime. They thrive on hot weather, and most succulent plants originate from areas with humid climate. But the thing about succulents even though they are easy to grow and maintain is that many are intimidated by them because they look complicated.
The growing interest in the ornamental production of succulents led many to try and recreate the condition by which they are accustomed. Since most kinds of succulents grow in areas with high sunlight, this is the same condition that they must be in if they are going to be taken care of in a controlled environment setting like a greenhouse. It is important for you to know the proper way of growing succulents in greenhouse to get successful results.
Remember, most succulents grow naturally outdoors in climates with little rainfall. This condition allows the succulents to evolve into having plump leaves and stems that can store water, which in turn nourishes them during the driest and the hottest days.
If you have a greenhouse and want to grow succulents, it may not be advisable to mix it with other plants since the environmental conditions under which succulent plants grow and thrive are different from the situation needed for other plants, flowers, and shrubberies.
Use a Well-draining Soil
The main challenge for succulent growers is to use a different and more porous media into which the succulents will be planted. The main pitfall of growing succulents in a controlled environment is that we tend to use the same soil for it as we do with other flowering plants. While those plants need to retain water, succulents are the opposite. You can mix the standard planting soil with sand or other ingredient that holds little water. As an alternative, you can mix it up with 30 to 50 percent additional perlite to increase drainage and reduce water retention capabilities.
Allow the Succulents to Dry Out
Unlike other plants, succulents lose very little water during daytime and take up little carbon dioxide, too. This is a survival strategy for this kind of plant because it will be able to live in extreme weather conditions and minimal rainfall. If you are anticipating a warm or dry day and is planning to water your succulents, make sure you’ve allowed them to dry out after the last watering session. When succulents are watered too much, they tend to have a shortened lifespan.
Provide the Right Temperature
Your greenhouse’s temperature should somewhere be in the vicinity of 70 to 75 or higher if the nights get a little cooler. This is the advantage of a controlled environment like a greenhouse. Outside, there is no guarantee that the succulents will get the right temperature but in a greenhouse, you’re more than likely to be able to provide the high temperature they need to thrive and survive.
Do Not Place Hanging Baskets Above the Succulents
When you place anything above the succulents, they will reduce the amount of light transmitted to the plants. This will slow down the growing of the succulents. Some may even die because they will not receive the sunlight they need. When the hanging plants in the baskets are watered, the water may drain and drips down to the succulents below. You won’t be able to control the amount of water the succulents take in.