One of my first succulent was this Echeveria. They are a desert succulent known to have this rosette look that varies in colours from pale white, hues of blue or purple to fiery red. It hard to believe that I’ve only had one Echeveria the last three years. However, this year, I decided to add three more types of Echeveria to my collection
Lighting and Temperature: Because they are a succulent, they thrive off a lot of bright light, even a few hours of direct morning sun. I can’t stress enough how much these plants love a lot of bright light. Without the right lighting, they will grow to be leggy because they are reaching out for the light. However, in some regions where the sun gets intense and hot it can cause the leaves of your Echeveria to burn. Burnt leaves do not heal back.
Watering: Like most succulent, Echeveria stores water and moisture in their thick leaves and stems. They do not require frequent watering and pretty much thrive off neglect. Its best to allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. I also would feel the bottom leaves to see if they are soft or firm and plump. If it’s firm, it does not need to be watered, if it’s starting to feel soft, then give it a nice good drink. Make sure you water the soil and not the rosette, allowing that water to drain through.
Soil Mixture: A coarse and well drainage soil mixture is required for succulent and cacti plants. For my Echeveria, I mix equal parts of cacti soil, perlite or pumice and add a bit of sand.
There are a few methods you can do to propagate your Echeveria.
1. Remove the baby echeveria or chicks that grow on the side of the mother plant by taking a clean sharp knife or scissors. You can easy plant this directly into your potting mixture.
2. Remove some of the leaves from your Echeveria, let the end callous for a bit and then lay it on a tray of moist potting mixture. Place in bright indirect light and keep the soil consistently moist.
Leggy Echeveia will grow tall and eventually the leaves at the bottom will drop. You can behead your echeveria or cut the top part and plant it into a new pot. You can keep continue to care for the mother plant or base as you normally would. Eventually, arial roots will grow and little echeveria will start to sprout along the bare stem, like you see here. This is the bottom half of my echeveria that I cut the top because it got too leggy and it’s now showing baby echeveria.