How to Care for Echeveria Ice Green

How to Care for Echeveria Ice Green

Echeveria' Ice Green' is a succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae. And it is a horticultural hybrid (a hybrid of Echeveria elegans and Echeveria Lauii). 

The height of the 'Ice Green' is generally in the range of 10 cm. The leaves are rosette-shaped and look thick and fleshy. Its shape is triangular-oval. The color is turquoise, especially when the condition is good, and the color of the leaves is crystal clear, with a little orange-red jelly feeling. According to the light and temperature difference environment, the color is light to dark, which is very beautiful.

HOW TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF ECHEVERIA 'ICE GREEN'

Many people like 'Ice Green,' but they don't know much about it, so it is not easy to raise a beautiful 'Ice Green' compared with other Echeveria succulents. I hope this blog will help you.

1. Watering

'Ice Green' has a specific water storage capacity, so like most succulents, it is relatively drought tolerant.

During the growing season, the soil can be watered when the soil is semi-dry, about once every 5-7 days. When watering, pay attention: do not touch the leaves. Otherwise, the protective layer—— farina, will be washed off, and it won't be easy to grow again.

Summer is the dormant period, and the water demand is deficient when the potting soil is nearly dry. Water a small amount along the side of the pot. Water about once every two weeks and only water at night to avoid sunburn and breathing difficulty.

Click here to learn how to care for summer dormant succulents.

In winter, the water evaporates very slowly, about once a month or so. If the room temperature is below 32 degree F, stop watering; the soil moisture will freeze the 'Ice Green' roots.

2. Lighting

'Ice Green' likes light, and it is usually recommended to breed outdoors.
Especially in spring and autumn, you can put 'Ice Green' on the balcony or windowsill in the open air. Sufficient light will make the leaves of 'Ice Green' more full and compact.

In summer, the light is intense, and it is easy to burn the leaves of 'Ice Green,' so appropriate shade is required.

In winter, it can be kept indoors in a sunny place.

3. Soil

First, professional cactus soil is a favorite for succulents because it breathes well, allowing roots to stretch and dig deeper. Moreover, the drainage effect of succulent soil is also excellent, and there is no water accumulation. A fast drainage system is significant for the water-sensitive variety, Echeveria 'Ice Green.'

After potting, you can put some perlite on the top of the soil, making it neater and highlighting the beauty of 'Ice Green.'

4. Pot

'Ice Green' is a petite variety, so when choosing a flower pot, it should not be too large, and a diameter of less than 10 cm is sufficient. In addition to being easy to maintain, the small pot is also beneficial for controlling. 

When maintained in a large pot, the water is not easy to handle, and it is easy to accumulate moisture.

5. Fertilize

Don't fertilize too frequently when raising 'Ice Green,' and occasionally, you can use some thin liquid fertilizer or nutrient solution (be sure to dilute it with water more than 1000 times). 

Of course, if conditions permit, you can use milder organic fertilizers such as sheep manure, which can prevent soil compaction and have balanced nutrition, which is more conducive to the health and growth of 'Ice Green.'

HOW TO PROPAGATE ECHEVERIA 'ICE GREEN'  

Leaf cuttings are the most popular method of propagation. First, twist the leaf from the parent succulent and then put the leaf in a cool and dry environment for 1-2 days. After the end of the leaf dry, place them face up under the soil. After moistening the surface soil, put it in a ventilated environment for about seven days, and you will see new shoots grow.

HOW TO PREVENT DISEASE AND PESTS

1. Disease

The most serious of the 'Ice Green' diseases are anthracnose, which is caused by bacterial infection. Small brown spots appear on the underside of leaves, gradually forming an oval-shaped spot.

Control method: 

Put the plants in a ventilated environment, and then use 70% Thiophanate-methyl Wettable Powders, concentrated in 1000 times of water, and spray the plants.

2. Pests

The pests of 'Ice Green' are generally red spiders and scale insects caused by the dry and cold conditions and airtightness.

Control method:

When the number is small, use a brush to remove them for scale insects. If the number is large, use 40% of Omethoate, concentrated in 1000 times of water, and then spray the whole plant. 

For red spiders, they are too small to be found by us. However, once found, spray the plants with 40% Kelthane, concentrated in 1000 times water.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ECHEVERIA ICE GREEN AND ECHEVERIA ELEGANS

Although 'Ice Green' and "Elegans" are somewhat similar, there are still some differences.

Echeveria Elegans leaves are thicker, and the back of the leaf is almost a semi-circular arc. And the overall appearance is more wrapped. While 'Ice Green' leaves are almost flat at the front and back.

Echeveria Elegans are green or slightly orange, and the tip of the leaf will not turn red. While the color of 'Ice Green' is more variable, the tip of the leaf is easy turn red.

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