Dried up seedlings

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Question: withered seedlings

Hello everyone. My name is Gabriele and I have a sapling of crassula arborescens and a succulent composition consisting of a crassula "trumpet of jade" and a small aloe. Unfortunately with the summer heat the three plants have dried up and become brownish and the tree has yellowish leaves. since I left the plants have been neglected for a few weeks, and as soon as I arrived I watered them abundantly. the jade trumpet seems to recover but the aloe and the crassula sapling are still as before. What should I do? I wait for answers. Sincerely.

Answer: withered seedlings

Dear Gabriele,
first of all, I advise you to move each plant into a single pot: the plant compositions are very beautiful and decorative, but the plants hardly get along with each other, and it is much better to grow them separately. In your e-mail you don't tell us where you keep the plants, which is fundamental, because if they stayed at home, they may have suffered from drought, but also because of their lack of brightness; instead if they were placed on the terrace, the drought should be associated for example with an excess of insolation. Right now, it is convenient that, after having repotted them in individual containers, you position them in a bright area, with the direct sun during the coolest hours of the day. Your plants do not like living at home, because in winter there is a heating that dries the air; in summer there is an air conditioner and the brightness is definitely too low. The fact that the plants are dry is certainly due to an excessive shortage of water: it is true that succulent plants can withstand even long periods without water, but they can do so only because they contain a lot of water in the stems and leaves, and use it for survive in the event of drought. Clearly, in the long run, even the water that they contain ends, and must be replaced. In general, succulent plants such as crassula and aloe love to be watered with good regularity, from April to September, so that the soil always manages to dry perfectly between two waterings. This may mean that, in the middle of August, watering is provided every two or three days. It often happens that plants are grown in a poor quality soil, which over the months tends to become increasingly compact and asphyxiated, almost impermeable; in these cases, it is not enough to water the plants from above, because the water slips away from the hard earth. To water these plants well, in summer, it is necessary to immerse the vase completely in water, so that the earth absorbs the liquid well and is rehydrated; the vessel is then drained and put back in its place. Since you talk about a composition, it's time for your plants to be in a pot holder without drain holes: even more so, re-plant them, separating them and placing them in containers that have holes at the bottom from which the water can drain. If your plants are still very bad, you can try to keep the leaves that seem more turgid, and place them in fresh soil, so that they give rise to new plants. As soon as the climate becomes cooler, the watering thins out, until you stop watering when the autumn cold arrives; if the plants remain outdoors, they will need new watering only in spring. If you take them home instead, water when you see that the ground is perfectly dry.