A hybrid is a wonderful ruffled foliage, grey green with red leaf margins which are most vivid when grown in good sun.
This is a very ornamental plant and looks at its best when grown in a container as a specimen plant.
On mature specimens the foliage develop a distinct ‘warty’ appearance and this is reflected in the name ‘Veruggas’ which means fleshy bump pr wart.
Like all Echeverias this is a drought tolerant plant, however it is a little more sensitive than most species.
In a warm climate or protected position this is plant that will give year round colour and foliage. In cooler climates some of the foliage will die back, especially in areas subject to frosts and poor light in the cooler months.
The best time to propagate Echeveria is from spring through to winter, the easiest method is as follows.
- Take a leaf from the plant, the joint where the leaf separates from the plant should be a clean break and be U shaped.
- The leaf needs to be left for 3 – 5 days until the break calluses over.
- The leaf is then placed onto the propagation medium with the U inverted.
- The leaf itself is raised above the propagation medium, support by twigs or thin bamboo strips.
- Place the material in good filtered light NOT direct sun.
- After 2 – 4 weeks new growth should be apparent.
- This is the time to lightly mist spray the cuttings.