Echeveria

Echeveria is an easy to grow flowering succulent, that can be grown indoors in the winter months and outdoors in the summer.

The flower stems emerge from 75-100mm (3"- 4") high stemless rosettes of leaves in June / July.


They produce numerous plantlets that can either be left on to enlarge the plant size, or removed for propagation.

When removing the plantlets for propagation, plant them up initially into 100mm (4”) pots, and subsequently move them on into larger half pots annually.

As with many succulents they require regular watering during the summer and kept just moist in winter.

Be careful to keep water off the foliage as the waxy coating on the leaves is easily marked.

The plants can be stood outside in a sunny position in summer.

Move the pots indoors for the winter, giving them as much light as possible and at a minimum temperature of 4°C (40°F)

Cultivation

Week 10: Sow seeds in trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 21 °C (70°F).

Alternatively sow Week 18-26.

Week 13: If during the winter months, the plant loses its bottom leaves cut the top of the plant off.

Allow the cutting to dry for a couple of days, and then sit it on top of a pot of potting compost until it roots.

Maintain a minimum temperature of 16°C (60°F)

The old stem can be kept for propagation where it will usually send out new shoots from the leaf scars.

Remove these shoots in March and again leave them to dry for two days.

When rooted pot them up into pots of potting compost.

Week 13: Offsets formed round the plants can also be removed and potted up after drying.

Maintain a minimum temperature of 16°C (60°F)

Week 16: Re-pot annually if required.

Week 23: Take leafbud cuttings.

If large numbers of cuttings are required, pull off individual leaves and insert them into pots a compost mix of 50% compost and 50% sharp sand.

Maintain a minimum temperature of 16°C (60°F)





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