Echeveria succulents are arguably the most popular, beautiful, and easy growing succulents out there. Echeveria succulents are a whole family of rosette shaped succulents native to Texas to Central America in the semi desert regions. Echeveria succulents have fleshy thick rosette leaves that can grow as large as 12" in diameter. These succulents are very slow growing and they won't grow that large, only growing as large as 12" tall.
Echeveria succulents have beautiful bright colors such as pink, purple, blue, green, brown, red, etc. These are very colorful and bright succulents and the more sunlight they get the brighter and colorful they will look.
Echeveria leaves have many different unique shapes and sizes. The leaves can be fuzzy, velvety, smooth, and crinkly. The leaves are often coated with a powdery wax called farina, which is like a sunblock that protects these plants from harsh sunlight.
During the summer, these succulents will produce and bloom beautiful bell shaped flowers. Those flowers are often orange, yellow or pink, making these succulents look even more beautiful. These flowers will survive for several weeks!
Echeveria succulents are great indoor or outdoor decorations. They are the most popular succulents out there so a lot of growers grow them in beautiful succulent arrangements or unique pots. Echeveria succulents also make beautiful birthday, anniversary, or wedding gifts! They are just so beautiful and amazing!
Echeveria Care Guide
Echeveria Light Requirements
Echeveria succulent succulents should get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every single day. This is the perfect amount of sunlight for healthy growth and to avoid etiolation. 6 hours of sunlight is very important, especially if you want these succulents to produce their beautiful brights colors. Make sure they get some partial shade as well so they don't get sunburn.
Echeveria Soil Requirements
Echeveria succulents must be grown using fast/well draining succulent soil. Fast/well draining succulent soil is very important when growing these succulents all because it helps prevent overwatering and root rot. If you don't use fast/well draining succulent soil then there's a chance root rot will occur because of the soil sitting wet with water for several days.
Should You Repot Echeveria Succulents?
You can definitely repot echeveria succulents and you should do it when it's necessary. For example, if you just bought brand new echeveria succulents and they are in tiny planting pots, then you should repot them for sure. Also repot them when they outgrow their pots. Simply just take the succulent out of the pot, brush the soil off, and repot in fast/well draining succulent soil.
Watering Echeveria Succulents
Echeveria succulents don't need much water. Just like most succulents echeveria are drought tolerant succulents, which means they don't require much water. You should water your echeveria succulents 1-2 days a week, or when the soil looks or feels very dry. If you notice your echeverias have wrinkled/dry leaves, then they are underwatered, so make sure you water them if you spot those symptoms. If you see mushy leaves then they might be overwatered. Just make sure you don't overwater your echeveria succulents!
It's very important that you don't get water on the leaves of these succulents. If you do then the leaves will start to rot, causing them to fall off. Once the leaves fall off and just lay in the soil then there's a chance that succulent pests such as mealybugs will appear.
Echeveria Pot Requirements
Echeveria succulents should be grown in a succulent pot with a drainage hole. A succulent pot with a drainage hole is very important so excess water can drain at the bottom. This will help prevent overwatering and root rot. It's also great to use a unglazed pot which is ideal because it will allow water to evaporate.
Temperatures/Hardiness for Echeveria
Echeveria succulents are not cold hardy, and must avoid frost. They are in zone zone 9-10 and can only survive in 20F-30F + temperature. Make sure that you don't grow these succulents outdoors in the winter. If it gets below 20F-30F degrees in your location then it's best to move them indoors for the winter.
Do Echeveria Like Humidity?
No, echeveria succulents don't like humidity. In fact, humid weather will cause these and other succulents some growing problems. They will experience mushy leaves and they will change colors. Basically the succulent will look like it's rotting or dying because it is rotting or dying.
Echeveria succulents can be propagated by stem cuttings, leaves, seeds, or by offsets. Most succulents do lose leaves so you can use the leaves that fall or cut them off yourselves. After you cut your leaves, or cuttings you must make sure that they form a callus before planting. Make sure they sit for 2-4 days so they can grow that callus and once that callus forms you can plant the leaves or cuttings in fast/well draining succulent soil. Be sure to give them enough sunlight and water accordingly.
Propagating echeveria succulents is very simple and easy, yet it could be difficult! Just make sure you follow all the steps and be patient! If you need help with propagating succulents, check out our article on how to propagate succulents.
Echeveria Succulents Safe for Pets?
Yes! Echeveria succulents are very safe for pets! Feel free to grow these beautiful succulents near your amazing pets.