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Succulents in summer

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Question: succulents in summer

If I keep cactus-like succulents inside in the summer, in the place where I kept the houseplants in winter, will they die? There is no direct light, but discreet lighting. Thank you


Answer: succulents in summer

Dear Gerarda,

cacti are succulent plants, originating in the American continent; they develop in arid or pre-desert areas, characterized by long hot and dry seasons, interspersed with short cool periods and with little rain. These plants have adapted to survive in conditions of full sunlight, and long periods of drought. If brought into the house, they tend to have bizarre and unusual developmental behaviors, which over time can lead to death. The first and most characteristic problem that develops in the lack of light is called etiulation, and occurs for all plants: the lack of light leads the plant to develop very long, and to take on faded colors, since in the absence of light the chlorophyll tends not to form. Another problem that occurs in the absence of light, especially with the passing of the months, consists in a sort of embalming of the plants themselves: in climatic or unfavorable light conditions, succulents and cacti tend to enter a rest period vegetative; if this climate persists for months, the plant remains in a sort of stasis for months, with obvious problems regarding its tissues, which deteriorate without our realizing it. The result is that instead of developing, blooming and growing, the cacti kept in the house stop, and as soon as we move or water them a little more, they deteriorate very quickly. The cactaceae grown at home then, in addition to having little light, also have poor ventilation, which causes the undisturbed development of a long series of parasites. So I don't see why you should keep your cactaceae indoors, in a dark place; also consider that these plants have a rather reduced period of vegetative development, and you want to close them indoors during this period; the result will surely be to obtain sickly and underdeveloped plants.

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