Echeveria Setosa
Plant Care,  Propagation,  Succulents and Cacti

Echeveria Setosa (Mexican Firecracker)

Welcome to our guide to the Echeveria Setosa, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs.

Echeveria Setosa Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight, some direct.
Watering needs:Check soil each week, only water when soil is completely dry.
Fertilizer:A well diluted cactus and succulent feed every 3 or 4 weeks in spring and summer.
Soil:A cactus and succulent compost.
Temperature:21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Echeveria setosa, the Mexican fire cracker.
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering.


Echeveria setosa, a.k.a. the Mexican fire cracker, originates from Mexico and is know for it’s rosettes of small furry/hairy leaves. It is a great little succulent, we cover all you need to know…

See also: Trachyandra Tortilis, Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tigers Jaw Succulent, Sansevieria Fernwood.

Light Needs

Give them plenty of indirect sunlight and some direct if you can. They are a succulent and fairly slow growing in any case, so keep them in a bright spot.

How Often To Water Echeveria Setosa

Check the soil each week, but only water them when the soil has fully dried out from the time before. If not then leave it, you don’t want root rot.

Tip: the leaves will shrink up a little bit when it needs water. If they are firm and plump they do not need water.


You do not need to feed them but if you do, use a well diluted cactus and succulent feed every 3 or 4 weeks in the spring and summer.


They will do will in a cactus and succulent compost. They can get root rots easily so you want something that does not hold on to water. You can make your own easily, see our guide here: Succulent Soil.

When to Repot Echeveria Setosa

They will not need to be repotted each year. If the roots do get crowded them move them to a bigger pot size. It’s a good idea to check the roots at Easter time.


40% is ideal, they do not need to be humid. In act too much humidity is bad for them.


Aim for 21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F) as a good daytime range. Try to keep them above 10°C at night (50°F).

How to Propagate Echeveria Setosa

They can be propagated with leaf cuttings. You need to take the leaf off gently and make sure it comes away form the plant with a clean break. Then let them callous over for a few days so the wound heals over. You can then put it on top of moist soil to root. It can take a few months for them to root and establish themselves.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

It is not toxic to cats.

Echeveria Setosa Flower

They out out small reddish orange flowers on long stalks above the lant.

Where Does Echeveria Setosa Grow?

It grows in the wild in Mexico.

Echeveria Setosa Vs Doris Taylor

The Doris Taylor is bred from the Setosa so they are similar, but the DT is bigger.

Other Names

Echeveria setosa, the Mexican fire cracker.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Root rot from overwatering is common – do not water them if the soil is still damp.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Trachyandra Tortilis, Dracaena Compacta (Dracaena Janet Craig), Tigers Jaw Succulent, Sansevieria Fernwood.

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