Echeveria flower plant is a succulent plant and produces pink, red, white, or yellow flowers. This plant is easy to grow and care for at home. You can grow it in an outdoor garden and also in containers. It can be a good indoor flowering succulent plant.
It has tall stalks and every stalk has 8 to 10 flowers. It blooms from later spring to summer. The plants can survive on hot sunny days. But as we all know succulents do not perform well in cold weather.
Echeveria flower plants are native to Mexico and Central America.
The good news is you can grow it in any part of the country. All you need to do is plant it in well-draining soil. If your garden soil is not perfect for flowering succulents. Then you can grow succulent plants in containers.
In this guide, you will learn how to easily grow Echeveria flowering succulents, Caring, and Propagating.
Let’s dive in:
About the Echeveria flower plants
Echeveria plants are rose-shaped succulents with over 120 species. They are easy to grow, care and tolerate drought conditions. Echeverias produce different colors of flowers according to their type. Mostly they have Pink, Reddish-orange, and yellow bloom.
They have green color thick waxy leaves with a powdery surface. In most parts of the USA, they are grown due to their beautiful leaves and flowers.
The best part is these succulents do not need much fertilizers and water to grow. This makes them favorite flowering succulent for every home gardener.
They can grow from a couple of inches to 10 to 12 inches tall.
Commonly grown small size varieties are: Wax Rosette, Pearl and Push plant
Common large size plants are: Red Echeveria, Copper roses, and E. Gibb flora
How to care for and maintain the good health of Growing Echeverias?
To grow a healthy plant, you need to give them what they need for good growth. Light, water, fertilizer, and the best possible growing environment are what they need. Below is the proper care guide that you should follow. To care for your outdoor growing plants as well as indoor plants.
Like most succulent plants it needs full-day sunlight. The minimum requirement is 6 hours of direct sunlight for good growth. If you want your plants to bloom better, then you need to give them 10 to 12 hours of daylight.
The plant-like to thrive in outdoor light even on hot summer days. It does not care about the hot waves. Because this plant is native to the desert areas. It can tolerate the hot winds easily.
If you grow it as an indoor plant then you need to put the container on a sunny window. Or you can put it outside in warm weather. And then move the container inside once the temperature starts dropping (below 60 F).
Here you need to be careful when you move indoor growing plants to outdoor. Because sudden long hours of direct sunlight can negatively affect their growth and bloom. Gradually increase their time in the sun.
For indoor plants, 300 watts of grow light is enough.
Watering & Soil
For this plant, you need to fill the container with the special cactus or succulent potting soil. It does need frequent watering on hot summer days. But it does not like wet soil. Therefore, using special soil is the best idea. Because this kind of soil has all the properties that are required to grow the plants and save them from overwatering.
In winter do not water it as you do in the summer season. Let the soil become dry and then water it to make it moist (not wet). Winter is the time when plants like to rest and they do not need frequent water and fertilization.
Normal tap water is perfect for growing Echeverias. The only thing you need to check is water should be clean and do not contain chlorine.
If your tap water Contains chlorine then use bottled water.
Fill the bucket of water and leave it as it is so that the chlorine content can sit at the bottom. And you can use the bucket water for watering plants.
The plants like the temperature between 60 to 75 F. It can tolerate the hot sunny days but not the cold winter days. When the temperature drops below 40 F your outdoor growing plant starts dying.
So, if you are living in cold zones grow it as a container plant. Move it indoors on hard cold winter days.
On the other hand, those living in the warmest zones should also grow it as a container plant. Move it outdoor after the last frost. Your plant will say thanks to you for moving it outside in the sunshine.
Zone 9b has perfect winter and summer to grow this plant as an outdoor succulent for year-round.
Succulents grow good in their natural growing places which is desert soil. We all know desert soil does not have many nutrients. This means they do not need much of the nutrients to grow and produce flowers.
But if you still want to fertilize your plants then use any weak liquid fertilizer. Use it only once when the plant is just about to start bloom.
If the soil in your garden contains a good amount of organic material. Then do not use fertilizer because doing so will result in overfeeding the plant.
Flower & Leaves
All the varieties of these plants have different types of leaves. Generally, they have wax-like smooth pointed, and colorful leaves. Their texture is the same but the shape is depending on the type of growing plant.
You can use their small leaves to grow more plants. The interesting fact is damaged leaves can also be used for propagation.
The plant produces spectacular flowers. Each tall stem contains 8 to 10 flowers with green pods. These pods contain the seeds that you can harvest for the next season.
Echeveria flower plants Propagation: Take the leaf-cutting and lay them on the potting soil. Or you can insert the tip in the soil. For the propagation, you should use soil + perlite + sand.
The plants Grown from cuttings always grow identical to their mother plants. They have the same strength, height, and number of flowers when they bloom.
For repotting Echeverias, spring is a perfect time. Take out the plant from its old pot and transfer it to its new pot. While this process you should check the roots for any possible diseases. Root rot is the main problem in these plants. If any part of the root is affected remove it and repot the plant.
Also, remove the old and dead leaves from the bottom of the plant.
There is not a big problem that you will face while growing the plant. There is one common issue and that is plants do not bloom. In cases, the plants do not produce flowers. The following causes are responsible for that.
Echeverias produce flowers when they get full sunlight. This problem is common in indoor plants. Because outdoor plants get enough sunlight. To encourage the bloom in indoor growing Echeveria plants. You should move the pot outdoors after the last frost.
Your plant will surely bloom.
If the temperature is in the correct range your plant surely produces flowers. But in case the temperature goes above 32 Degrees C or drops below -4 degrees C. Then plants you grow will not produce flowers.
Because they spend their maximum amount of energy to protect themselves in unsurveying conditions. Adjust the temperature of your house, use a thermostat, or move the container to another location.
And your plants surely bloom.