Echeveria Plants and Species – Profile, Care and Plants for Sale
Echeveria species such as E. gluaca, elegens and imbricata are a popular drought tolerant succulent, all have become popular worldwide as both garden and pot plants.
Rosette forming succulents they vary in size from a centimetre to 50cm and more they also vary greatly in shape and form.
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ (picture above) is a fantastic cultivar that can be found for sale online, large rosy red leaves in a nice rosette. Keep well drained and in filtered light.
Echeveria are easy to grow given the right conditions. Most Australian nurseries specialises in sales of the newer, and very popular hybrids as well as some of the more common species.
This are a large and varied genus of succulents in the Crassulaceae family. All species plants prefer full sun to part shade and a well drained soil, try a gritty open mix. Most species do not tolerate frost or damp conditions, so a pot on a sunny porch or verandah can be an ideal position.
Top pots off with small stones for a great clean look (see picture above). Species such as E. agavoides are popular, however with such a range of both species and hybrids available it is easy to see why many gardeners develop a collection.
Growing conditions for Echeveria
- In general require sun to part shade they require very little maintenance. Only water during plants the growing season.
- All require a frost free position, over winter indoors in cooler climates.
- Many Species are suitable for growing in containers or pots, especially the smaller species.
- All will flower with what we regard as attractive flowers. Echeveria ‘Raindrops’ (pictured right) is just coming into flower.
- Best grown in a container or in a sunny position in a well drained soil.
- A position in full sun will be best.
- Although these are a drought tolerant plant, in containers some watering will be required. Water once the growing medium has dried a little and in winter cut back on water. Good drainage is essential as these a plant that is subject to root rot in wet soils.
- Soil, use a specialist cactus and succulent potting mix for best results. Some perlite added to normal potting mix or soil will help improve drainage if required.
- Potted specimens should be repotted every 3 years to retain vigour.
- Fertiliser can be used, we suggest a diluted liquid fertiliser (30% strength) twice a year.
- When growing in containers try not to over-pot, however it is the growing medium that is more important.
Echeveria grow well in full sun and a well drained soil, most varieties grow best in these conditions. You may find that newly purchased plants take a little time to acclimatise, however they do.
You will also find that some varieties change colour in summer, some dramatically, and this is normal.
Generally a problem free plant a few problems include.
- Mealybugs can be a major problem, not likely if they in the sun.
- Aphids, especially on the flowers. Simply wash them off.
- Frost and cold can kill Echeveria.
- Elongated foliage can be caused by to much shade.
Rosette forming however with such variety many named cultivars are available, having being hybridised for many years names can be a little confused.
- E. elegans – Easy care rosette forming species that will quickly produce offsets.
- E. glauca – Good blue foliage tones
- E. derenbergensis – Neat compact growing species, attractive flowers.
- E. imbricata – Larger growing, blue foliage often margined with red.
- E. cv. ‘Perl Von Neurenberg’ – Attractive spoon shaped pink foliage, very frost tender, and very attractive.
- E. ‘Curly Locks’ – Foliage is ‘wavy’ margined with red. Slow growing, however very hardy. ‘Blue Curls’ is similar, (pictured right)
- E. minima – Very tight rosette forming with small orange flowers in spring.
Echeveria Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
Specialist succulent grower with a large range of Echeveria and other succulent genera, including rare and unusual varieties for the collector.
Online Retail Sales www.succulents-australia-sales.com
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.