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Echeveria Plants & Seedlings

Native to the semi-desert areas of South America, Echeveria plants bring variety and texture to a drought hardy garden. These plants are much more than a typical succulent. Many have been hybridised to result in unusual leaf forms or colours.

Echeveria Leaf Textures and Colours

Echeveria are known for having fleshy, rubbery leaves growing in rosettes. Often blue-green in colour, they tend to be smaller, though can be as large as small shrubs. Sometimes, you might find plants with red-tipped leaves. Another variation might have what looks like a powdery coating all over. Many have beautiful flowers that bloom in the spring. In addition to the colours, you can find plant varieties with crenulated leaves, offering unusual textures to add to the garden.

Echeveria Water Requirements

Like cacti, Echeveria are succulent plants that store water in their fleshy leaves. As such, they are somewhat drought-tolerant. Many do, however, prefer to be deeply watered occasionally, rather than have their roots sitting in water or completely dried out. If you are looking for dry-climate Echeveria plants, keep in mind that you likely will still need to water semi-regularly.

Echeveria Shade Tolerance and Temperatures

While Echeveria do originate from semi-desert areas, they do not necessarily need bright hot sun all of the time. In fact, like most succulents, they can do well in semi-shade, especially in hot climates. Just as important, make sure not to leave your succulents in a spot that gets repeated frost in the winter. They will not tolerate it and can be damaged if temperatures fall that low.

Buying Seeds or Plants

Many Echeveria can be raised from seed, which is much less expensive and easier to transport than plant material. It might not be possible to get some hybridised seeds though. In that case, it is advisable to purchase small plants, starts or cuttings. Like many succulents, Echeveria plants can be propagated from division or cuttings. Sellers will likely send plants bare root with no soil, though they may be constrained by any exceptionally hot weather.

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