Echeveria Succulent
Plant Care,  Succulents and Cacti

Echeveria Succulent

Echeveria Succulent Care Summary

In general echevarias need a lot of light and do best with a lot of indirect sunlight, they like a well draining cactus potting mix. Water them only once the soil has dried out.


Echeveria Succulent Care Summary

Light needs:A lot of indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water once it has fully dried out, check it once a week.
Fertilizer:You do not need to feed but if you do, use a well diluted cactus and succulent feed every month in spring and summer.
Soil:Cactus compost.
Humidity:Do not need special humidity care, they like low-humidity and can tolerate higher.
Temperature:21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering.

Introduction

Echevaria are beautiful succulents that grow in circular directions, almost flower-like.

Echeveria Light Needs

Echevarias like a lot of indirect sunlight to grow their best. You can even grow them in direct sunlight, but move them into direct sunlight slowly and give them some shade, especially in midday summer sun.

How Often to Water An Echeveria

Water an echeveria succulent only once it has fully dried out, they are tough plants, but overwatering is an issue, so let them dry out, and test the soil with your finger. This will mean watering every 2 or 3 weeks in the hotter months and maybe even as low as every 2 months in the winter when growth slows down. Try not to get the leaves wet when watering.

Echeveria Fertilizer

You do not need to feed echevaria, but if you do they can grow quicker. Feed every month and only in the spring and summer warmer months. Use a well diluted cactus and succulent fertilizer. Do not feed in the winter months.

Echeveria Soil

Use a well draining soil for these succulents, a commercially available cactus compost will be fine for this purpose.

When To Repot An Echeveria

Echeveria can often go a few years without repotting, but when they get too root bound pot them up a size. The best time of year is spring. They often shed a lot of leaves in this process but don’t worry, you can use these to propagate more plants.

For more on succulent propagation see Succulent Propagation.

Echeveria Humidity

Echeverias do not need special humidity care, 40% is plenty, they will do well in normal household humidity. They like dryer places naturally.

Echeveria Temperature

Echeverias like the temperature range 21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F) to grow optimally. They can tolerate some cold, but too much can damage these succulents, so make sure they don’t get down to below 10°C (50°F) for extended periods of time.

Where To Buy Echeveria

These plants are really popular and will turn up in florists, garden centers and local plant shops. Or you can order them online from eBay or Etsy.

Echeveria Propagation

The quickest way to propagate a new echeveria is through division, as you get a new plant that is already rooted. Just take the plant out of it’s pot and gently take one of the rosettes from the main plant, taking care to take some roots with it. Then pot it up in a new pot of it’s own.

You can also use ‘beheading’ or leaf propagation, for info see Succulent Propagation.

Echeveria Succulent FAQs and Common Problems

The biggest issue with echeveria is overwatering. Make sure the soil dries out before watering it again, test it with your finger and check it is dry all the way down.

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