The reason why succulents are considered difficult to grow, is the ease with which they rot especially in the hands of inexperienced people. The roots of these plants are in fact not used to stay long in a moist soil, and for this, where there is little oxygen, they die and are then almost always attacked by fungi. The fungus propagates faster in internal tissues and in short the lower part of the cactus becomes soft and dark. Within a few days, especially if the environment is warm and humid, a globular cactus, for example, seems to implode and now it's dead. After the mass is soft and often malodorous will be dried up, there will be a waste unrecognizable at ground level.
The fear in a neophyte that a just bought cactus makes a bad end like his predecessors, has generated the belief that regardless of the environmental conditions you need to water occasionally, so making suffer equally the plant. In the common opinion then the original sites of the cactus are deserts made of sand dunes where it never rains. In reality, succulents come from areas where, although it rarely rains, the humidity at certain times of day can be high and sufficient to supply them with water.
Emergency DrainageIf our cacti are exposed to rain, you can sometimes find their saucers filled with water and should therefore be emptied. If we have a lot of saucers, this can be time consuming and if so we are in a hurry you can use the following trick. Take a sheet of absorbent paper or a tissue paper, roll it up so as to form a cord which folded in two you will put astride the edge of the saucer, so that one end touches the bottom of the saucer and the other the floor as shown in the photograph. Usually the balcony floor has a slight slope to facilitate water drainage, therefore the cord must be put on the edge of the saucer towards the outside of the balcony. In this way the water drench the paper and will be released slowly from the saucer up to empty it.
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