How To Care For Echeverias (Full Guide)

Echeverias: identification

Echeverias are stunning little (or big) plants.  They come in many different shapes (tree like, rippled, agavoid, ect),  colours (green, pink, red, purple, blue, white, ect)  and even texture (soft, fluffy, powdered, smooth, metalic, scaley, ect). There is one thing they all have in common,  they are rosette shaped,  even if they grow like a tree, for example Echeveria Red Velvet/Velvet Slippers. 

(Keep in mind these are not beginner succulents) 

Echeverias: origins and temperature

 These beauties naturaly grow in Mexico and Central America,  but now (with the help of grow lights) they can be found all over the world as common house plants. They’re ideal growing temperature is between 50 and 70°F or 10°C to 21°C. In cold countries full sunlight is necessary (or a grow light)  but in warmer places like Mexico, Spain, Arizona, ect,  you have to be careful with sunlight, since it can easily burn your Echeveria’s leaves. Another very important thing is, when you buy your plant from a store or nursery, do NOT leave it in direct sunlight. Almost every succulent is grown indoors, and has never felt sunlight before, therefore it will sunburn

Echeverias: Watering

These plants can be difficult, since there’s no exact schedule. You have to know when your plant needs watering by, either checking its leaves if there are dry (squishy/wrinkled) or not.  But do not be mistaken, if its leaves are squishy, transparent, watery, ect, since that means it is rotting. Another big difference, is what soil your Echeveria has. If your Echeveria has Cactus Soil (with perlite, sand ect) the soil will dry quicker, therefore you need to water it more frequently. if it has regular soil (its not recommended) you should water very little. Also depends on how warm it is where you live. It is very important that if your plant has wet soil, or water on its leaves, then DO NOT LEAVE IT IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT!!!!! It will burn your plant completely. 

Echeverias: pots/where to plant

Echeverias, like other succulents like semi shallow pots, preferably clay pots. For soil you should use Cactus Soil mixed with Perlite or Pumice. Plant it like any other succulent, and leave it for at least a few weeks before watering it like normal. You should try to avoid glass, plastic, paper or anything that doesn’t absorb water.Overall, Echeverias are not easy to care for, but with proper care, it can be done.That’s all for today, if you want to suggest any other care guides then be sure to comment. also if you have any questions about this, then be sure to comment.Bye!!!

How To: Plant Succulent and cactus seeds

Hello fellow succulent person! Recently I saw lots of questions on this topic, so obviously I have to make a tutorial on it. So let’s get started!

This post will be divided into sections/chapters, so it will be easier to find what you’re looking for (I hope)

Part One- Obtaining the Seeds

To plant them, you obviously need to get them from somewhere. There are a few options. Polinating, Finding or buying. For this I am using ones I found from my own anacampseros plant. (Make sure NOT to buy echeveria seeds, they have an expiration date of three days, and after that only a few will grow)

Here Is a guide on how to polinate.

Part Two- Supplies

To do this you will need a few supplies-

•Plastic container with clear lid

•Cactus Soil

•Seedling Soil (I’ll show you how to make it)

•Spray Bottle (with water)

•A warm place to keep them

•A drill, Rotary Carver, or scissors

•A paper towl

•Be Paciente

(Drill or make a few small holes into the bottom of the containter, for drainage)

How to make seedling soil

Get a sift (the ones used for four). Put cactus soil in it, and sift it. This might take a while, but you only need a little. You should get some Perlite, bark, pebble, and cocoa fiber free soil.

Part Three- Planting

Place a piece of paper towl down on the bottom of the container. Spray it with water until it lays down flat. Get regular cactus soil and at a layer that is two inches or one and a half deep at the bottom of the container.

Get your seeds and sprinkle them evenly around of the soil.

Sprinkle a very thin layer of seedling soil over the seeds.

Mist the whole thing with water

Then close the lid and keep them in a warm dark place, preferably indoors. Check on them every second day and soray them with water every second day.

Wait a few weeks, it might even take months for some species. But eventually they should start growing.

Hope you enjoyed my technique. Hope you’re babys grow!