Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Plant of the Week Echeveria Raindrops

As a lot of you know I have a certain fondness for Echeveria's.  I don't know if it is the shape or what but they are my favorites in the succulent world and I actually dedicated a whole bed to them.  So with this in mind I am going to dedicate my first Plant of the Week to an Echeveria.  Echeveria raindrops to be exact.

I am following in the footsteps of many other gardeners in featuring a plant of the week.  A couple of years ago Loree Bohl from Danger Garden started doing this.  And more recently my friend Gerhard Bock of Succulents and More has also decided to join in the fun.  So I thought, I don't want to be left out either.  So this is the first of many to come.

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Now isn't she a stunner!  I found this beauty (believe it or not) at Home Depot or Lowe's earlier this year.  It was quite a bit smaller but I knew immediately what it was and snatched it up as a hungry dog snatches up a bone.  I couldn't believe my eyes because I had seen this on Facebook and Pinterest but never knew anyone that had one or sold one.  I figured it would be many years before I would get one.  So you just never know.

Until recently this was in it's original container just sitting on my back patio.  Waiting patiently for me to pay attention to it.  And growing, growing.  It must be about 6 inches across by now.  Supposedly that is as big as it will get.  We will see.

Echeveria raindrops 1

I looked through all my pots to find one that would do it justice.  Then I came upon this pot.  I wanted to plant it alone.  Sometimes I just want to show off the plant.

San Marcos Growers says:  Echeveria 'Raindrops' A solitary plant that reaches at most 6 inches across with pale green rounded leaves with pale reddish margins and a single globular blue-green bump in the middle of each leaf toward the tip that develops with age - young plants often do not exhibit this trait but it appears as the plant ages. These bumps, similar to a water droplet, are what give this unique plant its name.

I sure hope this guy makes some babies.  Then I can see the progression of the bumps.

I have been giving it morning light and afternoon shade or filtered light.  I have watered when the soil is completely dry.  As the nights get cooler this definitely will be a plant that goes in my gazebo/greenhouse.  The internet says it will take temps down to 30F but I don't want to take a chance.

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Here's a close up!

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And a shot from up above.  It's interesting that there are just a few leaves that don't have the bumps or caruncles on them.  I wonder why that is.

By the way this Dick Wright hybrid is thought to be the smallest of the bumpy-leafed cultivars.  Very cool!

So hope you enjoyed!  Have a great week!

Until later:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


danger garden said...

That container is just the perfect color for it too!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you so much! I liked the color with the plant!

Hoover Boo said...

Beautiful echeveria, and you are giving it good care. I always thought that one was about the coolest leaf form ever.

Julie said...

Looks lovely in that pot!!! I have never seen anything like this! What a cool succulent!

Simone Felic said...

Ela é uma charme , adorei.


Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you me too! Hope it makes babies!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks so much Julie!

Mike K said...

You cactus and succulents look great. what zone are you in? What type of cover cloth do you use to protect form the cold.
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Mike K said...

Great looking succulent/cactus garden. What zone are you in? Also, what material do you use to cover the plants to protect from cold weather?
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Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Hi I am in zone 9b 14. I use frost cloth when it gets really cold.