So before we get into the succulents I have to tell you about my project. Ever since I got into succulents I have been taking photos of them. That's how I got into photography. I have thousands of photos by year. Some of the plants are named and some not. Sooooo whenever I am looking for a photo to post I have to search and search because I don't know what folder they are in. So I made a folder in my pictures called Succulents and when you click on it there are a few different folders. One of which is succulents by type or species. I have Aeonium, Echeveria's, Kalanchoe's, Sedum, Notocactus, etc. And I am putting all my photos in there respective folder. If the picture does not have a name I am trying to name it. It will be so easy to find pictures now. It is taking a lot of time but hey, what else do I have to do but watch TV.
Now on to Echeveria's. There are so many different varieties of these little beauties. And I wish I had every one. I do have a lot of them, hee hee!
This is echeveria pludonis and below is it's gorgeous bloom!
Echeveria's are pretty easy to care for and fairly pest free. They like about a half days light (mostly morning light). Try not to put them in direct afternoon sun in hotter areas of the country as they will burn.
Echeveria afterglow with blooms and friends
Make sure that you plant your echeveria's in a well draining potting soil. I buy a palm and cactus mix by Supersoil. My succulents seem to really like it. Sometimes I add a bunch of clean sand. They also like watering during there growing season (which is summer). Make sure to let the soil dry out between watering. But because they are succulents they can go many days without water. They will perk right back up when you start regular watering again. As with a lot of plants a sign that they are not getting enough water is that they will drop there lower leaves. During the winter they stop growing but a little water now and then is a good idea. Especially if you see the leaves get a little wrinkled or dropping.
Echeveria Doris Taylor 'Wooley Rose' with bloom below
Echeveria's are easily propagated. During the growing season they will produce little babies (chicks) at there base. These can be cut off and planted in there own pot. Wait about 5 to 7 days after cutting off for the cut end to harden off (this is true of all succulents when propagating) before planting to avoid rot. Ok, enough education let's see more echeveria's.