Most people love to grow succulents because of their wonderful fleshy leaves and fascinating textures. Among the different varieties of succulents, Echeveria is one of the most beautiful of them all. Simply because they bear flowers.
The flowers of Echeveria can be seen on its tall arching stalk. Essentially, these flowers have a bell shape and come in different colors. Generally, Echeveria blooms during the summer or early fall. However, it will likely depend on the type of species you have.
How Can You Make an Echeveria Bloom?
The blooming of Echeveria will greatly depend on several factors. For instance, the amount of light that they receive. Temperature also plays an important role in the blooming of Echeveria plants. When they are in Mexico and South America, which are Echeveria’s native habitat, they don’t commonly react to the difference in the hours of daylight.
How Long Does an Echeveria Flower Last?
The Echeveria flowers will flourish in sequence and will take many weeks to finish the cycle. The blooms will start to emerge from the end portion which is nearest to the plant. The flowers will stay for approximately two weeks giving you more time to enjoy.
As the older flowers are about to dry out, new buds are waiting to open at the end of the stalk. Mostly, the flowers of Echeveria are orange, peach or pink. But sometimes they can also be in white, off white, or yellow. There are even some species which can produce red flowers. One of the most effective ways of determining two very close types of Echeveria is through the color of their flowers. Additionally, the layout of the sepals and bracts is another distinguishing characteristic of Echeveria succulents.
Butterflies and other insects will surely enjoy its flowers. The Echeveria flowers also contain a lot of seeds that you can plant. You could also move the pollen from one plant to another by using a paintbrush. Most plants are self-sterile. This means that seeds can only be produced when several different plants will flower simultaneously.
Echeveria flowers can generate seeds when they are in the right conditions. Once an Echeveria stalk is done flowering, do not throw it away. It still contains some tiny seeds which look like dust. You could use them for propagation.
If you don’t want to save the seeds, then you must cut the stalk at the base so as not to damage its fragile foliage. Once they are done flowering, your Echeveria plant will bloom again next year, about the same time.
Why Choose Echeveria?
You might think that Echeveria requires a lot of special care since they produce spectacular flowers. But the truth is, these plants can thrive even with a bit of neglect. Succulents such as echeveria are drought-tolerant plants making them easier to grow. You can also turn them into gorgeous houseplants. They come in manageable sizes and can look great on any type of succulent planters. You could also plant them outdoors, most especially in rock gardens.
Echeveria is a native plant of Mexico, South America, and Central America. These flourishing succulents belong to the stonecrop family crassulaceae. They commonly grow in rosette shapes and have colorful leaves. Getting them to bloom can truly give you delight.
There are only a few plants that can look nice when used as home décor and Echeveria is one of them. They are beautiful, compact, and easy to grow.
How to Care for Echeveria?
Caring for Echeveria is much the same with sedum and kalanchoes since all of them are members of the Crassulaceae family. They are relatively small, but they have a tendency to grow a bit taller. Although caring for these plants may vary from one plant to another, there are some common practices that you need to remember.
When growing your echeveria, be sure to avoid overwatering them. Keep them on the light and avoid keeping them in extremely cold areas. Echeveria is a great choice if you are just starting to build your succulent garden.
How Much Light Does Echeveria Requires?
Echeveria is just like any other varieties of succulents that love sunlight. Hence, it is best to plant them outdoors, but you can still grow them indoors by placing then in a sunny window. However, during extreme hot climates, you need to protect them against full sunlight.
If your echeveria obtains the right amount of light, then its rosette will be firm and solid. If your succulent does not get enough light, then it will grow tall and thin.
How Often Should You Water Echeveria?
During summer and spring, you need to water them regularly, if you place them outdoors under the sun. If you place them on planters, then make sure that they have great drainage. Ideally, you can use a special cactus and succulent soil on them.
During the winter, echeveria plants are inactive, hence you must avoid overwatering them. If you are planting them outdoors, then you need to soak them with water, then let the soil dry out before watering them again. If the summer gets too hot, then you have to water them daily.
Echeveria can get rot from excessive water during the winter. Hence, growing echeveria outdoors during the winter can be a great challenge. You could choose to grow them indoors during the colder months.
What Is the Best Temperature for Growing Echeveria?
The best temperature for echeveria is between 65º to 70ºF, they are not comfortable in temperatures below 50ºF. These hardy plants can thrive outdoors in higher temperature zones. But they can only endure Zone 9b during winter.
Because of this, it is best to grow echeveria indoors during the winter and you can grow them outdoors during the summer.
Should You Fertilize Echeveria?
Echeveria can survive in natural soil with minimal nutrients, hence fertilizing is not essential at all. However, if you want to fertilize them, then perform this during its growing season. You can use natural organic matter when your succulent starts to flower.
What Are the Characteristics of Echeveria Leaves?
Echeveria leaves come in different shapes and textures. Some are sharp and smooth while others have multicolored margins. There are even leaves with blurry texture while others have ruffled edges. Ultimately, one characteristic that seems to be common among all echeverias is their fleshy leaves. Most often succulent leaves can be used for propagating.
What Makes Echeveria Flower Spectacular?
The echeveria flower looks magnificent and can quickly grab attention. Most gardeners love growing echeveria because of its rosette and wonderful textures, but its flowers are even more gorgeous. Echeveria flowers are formed on its long arching stalks. One echeveria can produce multiple flowers that will bloom one after the other. It will stay for weeks so you can enjoy watching their colorful blooms.
Echeveria flowers have thin, narrow petals and are typically in pink. The stems of the flowers can grow up to two feet long.
At Eden Succulents, you can find several tips on how to grow succulents. We want you to have fun while growing your succulents. If you need help in caring for your succulents, then you can always ask us!