Echeveria is a genus of about 150 species. Echeverias originate in Mexico and Central and South America. They are drought tolerant plants and have waxy or hairy leaves to help prevent water loss. They are mainly grown as a houseplant but will do well outside during the summer months.

How to grow Echeveria

If you are looking to add a display of succulents to your garden then you are surely going to be looking at growing echeverias. Their fleshy leaves, arranged in a stunning rosette, are just as eye catching as a solitary display as they are when put together with other plants. They are easy to grow, being tolerant of poor soils and lack of water, making them the ideal plant for the more forgetful amongst us. They are easy to propagate too! You can either wait for an off shoot to appear and then gently separate from the mother plant in to it's own pot, or just wiggle off a leaf, let it dry and then push in to compost.

Botanical name

Echeveria in the Crassulaceae family

Type of plant

Echeverias are succulents

Size when fully grown

Varies, up to 30cm in height

When they flower

Not grown for their flowers but flower in late spring and early summer

Where to plant

Plant in a position that has some shade during the brightest part of the day. Full sun all day can burn the leaves

Soil type

Very well drained with ph6. if keeping in a pot then add in some sand and perlite

Temperature tolerance

They can tolerate lows of 2C to 5C but cannot withstand a hard frost. They can take quite high temperatures but do not like high humidity

After care

Easy to grow during the summer outside. In the winter they must be taken into a frost free environment and can be treated as a house plant. Echeverias can go for long periods without water but make sure that the soil has dried out before watering as they are susceptible to root rot

When to plant

After frosts have finished

Pests and diseases

Wilted or shrivelled leaves can be caused by both over watering and under watering. In general, leaves closing up is caused by too much sun, leaves curling down is due to being too dry.

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