Echeveria - Everything You Need To Know

Origin of Echeveria

Echeverias belong to the family Crassulaceae and are originally from Mexico, Peru and Texas. They are mostly found in mountainous areas that are difficult for other plants to populate. The genus includes countless hybrids because it is easy to crossbreed.

Appearance

The different species vary in colour, shape and size. The leaves of echeverias are usually arranged in the typical rosette shape, which can reach diameters of 3 cm to 60cm. Some are stem-forming when old. Some have finely hairy leaves, others have a wax layer that protects against desiccation and pests. They bloom between February and October. Some varieties in spring, others in fall. The flowers are on a spikey inflorescence and are usually pink to red, sometimes white or yellow.

Echeveria care

Location: a bright, sunny spot should be chosen as the location for echeverias so that colour and form can develop optimally. If there is a lack of light, echeverias grow stretched, as they then go in search of light.
Substrate: A mixture of cactus and succulent soil and mineral parts is suitable as substrate. The substrate should be loose and permeable to avoid waterlogging.
Watering: With Echeverias it is better to water too little than too much. It is very important not to water into the rosette and onto the leaves, otherwise, they will start to mould. The substrate should dry completely before watering again. You should provide good water drainage through the loose substrate and a hole at the bottom of the pot.
Fertilizer: You can fertilize echeverias about once a month, so about every four weeks, preferably with succulent and cactus fertilizer. However, you should only do this during the growing season between April and September.
Summer/Winter: In summer you can put the succulent outdoors after you have gradually accustomed them to direct sun and accompanying UV radiation. When temperatures drop below 5°C, they must be brought back inside. In winter, the temperature should be around 10°C to 15°C. Fertilizing is no longer done and watering is reduced.

Popular types

Echeveria 'Lola': Echeveria Lola is a hybrid of Echeveria lilacina and Echevria derenbergii. It has green and purple, thick-fleshed leaves arranged in rosettes. It forms peach-coloured, bell-shaped flowers. It can reach a growing height of 15 inches.

Echeveria elegans: Echeveria elegans, also known as Mexican Snowball, is a green rosette-shaped succulent. Tubular, pink flowers form during the blooming season from March to June. The plant can reach a growth height of 10 to 20 cm.

Note: Echeveria are basically non-toxic. However, we cannot guarantee compatibility with animals. For exact details, please consult a veterinarian.