-About Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’-
Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’ is a succulent plant belonging to the Pachyveria genus in the Crassulaceae family. Pachyveria is a succulent plant hybrid of two genera: Pachyphytum and Echeveria. Pachyveria combines the characteristics and features of these two genera, resulting in a unique appearance and growth habit. Pachyveria' Crown Ball is a plant with a lotus-like growth form, capable of rapid propagation. Its leaves are finger-shaped, thick, and rounded. The leaf surface is covered with white farina, and the tips gradually become pointed, with a tendency to turn red. When it thrives, the entire leaf displays a pinkish hue. If you like Pachyveria' Crown Ball,' then you'll love x Pachyveria' Angel's Finger' as well, as they both belong to the Pachyveria genus.
-How to care for Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’-
Sun/Temperature: Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’ thrives in a warm and sunny environment, is not cold-tolerant, not heat-tolerant, but is drought-tolerant. Its optimal growing temperature range is 60° F to 75°F, with a minimum of 41°F in winter and a maximum of 86°F in summer. As the daylight hours increase, the plant will gradually turn pink. When the winter temperature drops below 41°F, remember to place it indoors in a location that receives ample sunlight, such as a sunny windowsill. During the summer, when temperatures exceed 75°F, make sure to use a sunshade or place it under the shade of a tree to prevent leaf burn. Also, it's important to note that summer often comes with hot and humid weather, so keeping succulent plants in a well-ventilated area is crucial.
Soil/Watering: Pachyveria 'Crown Ball' is a succulent, meaning it has adapted to survive in arid conditions and doesn't require frequent watering. Prior to watering, make sure that the soil is completely dry, and assess its moisture level by inserting your finger approximately one inch deep into the soil; if it feels dry, it's time to water. When watering, ensure you water the soil directly and avoid getting water on the leaves, which can lead to rot or fungal diseases. Generally, during the active growing season (spring and summer), you can water Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’ once every 7-10 days. In the dormant period (fall and winter), reduce watering to once every 2-3 weeks, allowing the plant to experience a dry period. For letting the excessive water flow out from the drainage hole, it is essential to use a well-draining soil mix specifically formulated for succulents and cacti. You have the option to buy a pre-made succulent mix or make your own by blending standard potting soil with perlite or coarse sand. This soil type allows for proper drainage and prevents the roots from sitting in excess moisture.
Propagation: Since Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’ has chubby leaves, it's excellent for propagating it with leaves.
Here's a guide on how to propagate Pachyveria ‘Crown Ball’ through leaves:
- Choose healthy leaves
- Gently shake the leaves until they are removed from the mother plant
- Let the cut end callous for a few days.
- Prepare a tray with well-draining soil.
- Plant the leaf about an inch deep in the soil.
- Mist the soil lightly, avoiding overwatering.
- Place the tray in bright, indirect light.
- Maintain humidity by covering the tray with plastic.
- Wait for root development, which can take several weeks.
- Transplant the new plant once it has developed roots.
- Provide proper care, including bright, indirect light, and watering only when the soil is dry.
Primary color: Green, white
Secondary color: Red, pink
Cold hardiness: Zone 9a to 11b (from 20 °F to 40 °F)
Product format: Rooted in 2" pot
Suitability: Balcony, Window, Rock Garden, Container, Terrariums
Propagation: Leaf, behead
Special characteristic: Low-maintains, Pet Safe