Drought, but not frost tolerant, Echeveria elegans is commonly called the The Mexican Snowball.
A low growing succulent with attractive foliage, this plant makes a great Echeveria variety to start with as it is easy care.
The leaves are best described as a pale silvery to white green, the plant itself only reaches around 10 cm in width and 15 cm across, and forms a neat rosette.
As it puts out the offsets it will spread more, and you can grow them in groups, or divide them to keep them as single specimen plants.
In cooler weather the plant will put on a bit of display by the tips of the leaves turning to a pink to red.
Given a well drained soil and a position in good morning light with some afternoon shade in hot climates this is an easy care, no fuss plant.
Simply water when the growing medium drys, fertilise a little once a year, and repot every 2 – 3 years.
Free draining succulent potting mix.
Allow the soil to dry between watering. Less water during winter as the plant is in dormancy.
Good light is essential, indoors use grow lights or try a position near a sunny window. Move the plant outdoors during warm sunny weather.
Protect from frosts, freezes and very cold weather.
The major problems with Echeveria elegans are caused by over watering or by high humidity. This can cause fungal diseases and root rot. Other issues are caused by a lack of light which can cause elongation of the leaves as well a poor colour.
- Yellowing leaves are usually a sign of overwatering.
- Leaves that are shrivelling or limp are usually a sign of lack of water.
- Flattened or stretched leaves are an indication of lack of light.
- NOT regarded as toxic to cats and dogs.
Propagation is from leaf cuttings or by division of the offsets.
- Botanical Name – Echeveria elegans
- Common Name – The Mexican Snowball, Hen and Chicks.
- Position – Full sun to light shade.
- Soil – Well drained succulent mix.
- Height – To around 10 cms
- Spread – Forms a rosette to 15 cm
- Growth rate – Medium tp fast.
- Foliage – Pale silvery green.
- Flowers – Small orange to pink flowers with yellow tips.
- Flowering time – Summer.
- Frost tolerant – No.
- Drought tolerant – Medium to High.
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