Native to semi-desert regions of Mexico, Central America and South America, Echeveria is popular rosette succulents with a wide ranging of colors. Due to its symmetrical leaves and rich varieties, they are very popular in succulent centerpieces, succulent fairy gardens, party favors and terrarium projects.
Echeveria is super easy to care for. However, especially for succulent beginners, it is hard to maintain their beautiful compact shape and vibrant color without proper care. If you are struggling for same issue. Keep reading and get right care instruction of Echeveria.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Echeveria can thrive both indoors and outdoors. But since they demand bright light, you must be vigilant if you plan to use them as indoor plants. Echeveria prefers at least 6 hour sunlight per day. As indoor succulents, grow them in location with indirect bright sunlight such as near the window, porch or under grow light. Otherwise, they would stretch out/grow tall to prone more light. Outdoor growing can take full to partial sun. Extra shade will protect them from sunburn on hot afternoons in summer. Click here to learn Succulents Summer Care.
Sunlight & Temperature
Echeveria is not cold hardy down to 20F-30F (zone 9-10). Before freeze temperature, move them indoor to help them survive. When it comes to lighting, this depends on whether you’ve grown them indoors or outside. As mentioned earlier, a sunny windowsill would make the perfect spot for indoor Echeveria plants. That’s because bright light allows for vibrant colored leaves and a compact rosette.
Watering is perhaps the most critical part of Echeveria care instruction. Unlike most plants, succulents can easily get overwatered especially for some varieties which are very sensitive to water like Echeveria Ice Green. So to avoid Echeveria growth issues, you should water succulents when the cactus soil mix dries out. The right way to water succulents is using a squeeze bottle or a long neck water can to water the top soil(not water the leaves) till the water leak out from the drainage hole. Click here to check if you are overwatering or underwatering your succulents.
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Soil & Drainage
Like all cactus and succulents, Echeveria loves light-weight, well drainage soil to live in. You can simply mix perlite, gritty rocks, and soil can make a good cactus soil mix for them. If you prefer organic gardening, we offer organic and professional cactus soil mix to you.
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Echeveria can be propagated from cuttings of offsets, leaves, and stems. Check out information and get more details about Echeveria Propagation. Click here to learn propagate succulents from leaves.
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