By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
If you enjoy growing succulents,then Echeveria pallida may be just the plant for you. This attractivelittle plant isn’t finicky so long as you provide suitable growing conditions.Read on for more information on growing Argentine echeveria plants.
Commonly called Argentine echeveria(Echeveria pallida), this favorite succulent is native to Mexico. It’s describedas having pale lime green, spoon-shaped leaves in a single rosette form. Theseleaves sometimes appear translucent, with edges that turn red with properlighting.
Growing Argentine echeveria issimilar to growing others in this family. It cannot take winter cold, so if youlive in a cool climate, you’ll want to grow this plant in a container.
Locate this plant in a brightlocation, gradually adjusting to full morning sun, if desired. Try to avoid thehot afternoon rays in summer with this plant, as leaf edges may burn and spoilthe appearance.
Plant into a well-draining, gritty cactusmix. Echeveria in sunny locations need more summer water than manysucculents. You’ll want this water to drain off the roots, so make sure yoursoil drains quickly. Let the soil dry completely before watering again.
As summer growers, echeveriasucculent plants can truly enlarge during the season. Argentine echeveriais said to be a moderate grower. There are a couple of quirks to know in orderto keep your plant healthy.
Don’t let water stay in the rosettesof the plant. Argentine echeveria is slow to put out offsets, but when it does,they may be located throughout the plant. Try to avoid these when watering.
Also, remove bottom leaves as theydie off. Echeverias are susceptible to pests, including the dreaded mealybug.Dead leaf litter in the pot may encourage them, so keep the soil clear.
Repot if needed during summer.
Echeveria pallida plantinfo says the plant may grow tall, hovering above the container on its stem. Ifthis happens with your plant, you may want to cut it back and replant to keepit shorter. Cut a few inches down the stem with sharp pruners. Remember to letthe stem callous over for a few days before replanting it. (Leave the originalstem growing in its container and keep it watered.)
Treat the stem end with rootinghormone, or cinnamon,and plant into dry, fast draining soil. Withhold water for at least a week,longer if possible. This allows the stem to fully recover and roots to beginsprouting. You’re likely to see babies sprouting on it in a few months.
Withhold water during the winter.
Feed the Argentine echeveria a timeor two during summer. Composttea is a gentle organic way to feed these beautiful plants. You may alsotop dress with compost or wormcastings. If these products are not available, feed with a weakened mix ofhouseplant fertilizer, making sure to water before feeding.
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Echeveria flower plant is a succulent plant and produces pink, red, white, or yellow flowers. This plant is easy to grow and care for at home. You can grow it in an outdoor garden and also in containers. It can be a good indoor flowering succulent plant.
It has tall stalks and every stalk has 8 to 10 flowers. It blooms from later spring to summer. The plants can survive on hot sunny days. But as we all know succulents do not perform well in cold weather.
Echeveria flower plants are native to Mexico and Central America.
The good news is you can grow it in any part of the country. All you need to do is plant it in well-draining soil. If your garden soil is not perfect for flowering succulents. Then you can grow succulent plants in containers.
In this guide, you will learn how to easily grow Echeveria flowering succulents, Caring, and Propagating.
Our Echeveria Miranda succulents were kept in the following conditions (seen left to right in the images below):
Dry, on a windowsill (brighter light)
Near a heating vent, medium light
The succulents were placed in their testing locations on January 21 and brought back to our studio for their “after” photos on February 19, so these results indicate four weeks of in-home experience.
All plants were equally watered when they were taken home from our greenhouse, and the “wet” succulent had a cup of water added to its pot to simulate an overwatered environment. No additional water was given to any of the four plants for the four week trial.
The window was well insulated and a little cool, but not drafty.
Even if most echeveria succulent plants have hardiness zones between 10 and 11, you can still grow them outdoors and take them inside when it gets cold. They are small and compact perennials that fit in any space you have for them. As usual, watering is the main issue when it comes to caring for succulents.
For the most part, the majority of echeveria species love the full sun. In their natural habitats in Central and South America, they get plenty of sunlight all year round. Even the many cultivars that were developed later, still need many hours in the unfiltered sun every day to grow and thrive. That said, you need to keep them from direct sunlight in the summer months. This exposure can stress out the plant and cause the leaves to turn yellow. So make sure the succulent gets its sun hours in the morning. In the afternoon, partial shade or filtered light is ideal for it.
The secret to the echeveria succulent’s success is well-drained soil. If you grow it in dense or heavy soil in the garden, its roots will have trouble spreading and the water retention of the clay will lead to root rot. You can also get around clay soil by either mixing it with sand or perlite. Break the top 7 inches of the soil and add one portion of sand to every two portions of the soil. You can also plant the echeveria in raised beds with improved aeration and drainage. If you’re planting it in a pot, use a succulent potting mix. Make sure the pH level is around 6.0 and avoid alkaline soil.
With most varieties of the echeveria succulent plant averaging between 10 and 11 on USDA hardiness zone scales, you might think the plants are only suited for warm weather. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can still grow these succulents outdoors as long the temperature doesn’t drop below 59 degrees F during the day and 42 degrees F at night. In the summer, the plant will become exhausted if the temperature rises about 86 degrees and might shut down. But once the temperature drops again in the evenings, the plant will open up again and get back to normal.
Even though the leaves of the echeveria succulent plant are veritable water tanks that keep it going in dry spells, this perennial doesn’t like to get its feet wet. Wet or soaked soil can spell trouble for the echeveria. But that doesn’t mean that this plant doesn’t need a lot of water. In the summer months, for example, you’ll need to water it more often than in cooler seasons. The golden rule to stick to is to only water it when the soil is dry. Don’t overwater it and keep the soil moist regularly. Once the temperature drops in the fall, you can water it less and less.
Luckily, the echeveria succulent plant isn’t prone to many diseases apart from root rot. You can avoid that by making sure the plant is growing in well-drained soil and only water it when the soil is dry. As for toxicity, this succulent is safe both for humans and pets. You won’t have to worry about your cat nibbling at it or your child touching the leaves. It will not harm them either way.
Most experts agree that indoor echeverias have less a chance of blooming than those growing outdoors. That is true for the most part. But even outdoor succulents might struggle to bloom as well. The reason has to do with the fluctuating temperatures not just between the seasons but also between the day and night. You should overwinter your succulents in a dry and cool place with temperatures between 34 and 44 degrees F. Also make sure the night temperature is cool. The plants might tolerate a warm day but if the night is just as warm, you won’t get a bloom that year. Take the plants inside and keep them in a cool room overnight. In the morning you can take them out again.