Top Questions About Echeveria Plants

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Questions About Echeveria Plants

Asked by
courtney.s.riches on
May 20, 2015

Q. Echeveria Care

I have used lemon juice to clean water marks off my echeveria plants and I’m worried that I have damaged them by removing the protective coating. Can I rectify this?

Answered by
shelley on
May 20, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

On what basis are you worried - do your leaves look damaged or sick? Echeveria leaves are covered in a waxy powder that helps protect them from sunburn. It can be wiped off pretty easily which will make the leaves look discolored, which is probably what raised a red flag. This waxy coating will be restored over time.

For more information on echeveria, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/echeveria/caring-for-echeveria-plants.htm

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Asked by
Wanda.Ortiz on
December 9, 2015

Q. Echeveria succulent

I want to know if my succulent is dying. It’s a fuzzy kind Echeveria. I’ve had it for a year. In that time-span, it has grown quite a bit. The problem is that I re-potted it recently because it was getting too big. However, stem has started to go brown and thin, like it’s getting dis-inflated. There are green leaves at the top of it, and it seems new leaves are budding at the top, but everything else is brown and ugly. I checked the roots and they’re on the short side. I cleaned them and put them in a medium sized pot to make sure it wasn’t the too much soil. Also, the main root, where the bottom of the stem is, is very healthy and strong. I don’t know if I should cut it, wait it out or just wait for it to die.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 11, 2015
Certified Expert
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It likely is receiving to much water and to large of a container is the cause.
This succulent would prefer to be root bound and the soil should be on the dry side. Drying between waterings.

You can try a potting mix that is made for cactus mixed in with the soil you have.
You could also try propagating this succulent with the remaining part of the plant.
Here are some links to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/outdoor-succulent-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/propagating-cacti-and-succulents.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 4, 2017

Q. care for Echeveria when on holiday?

How to care for Echeveria when you go On 2 weeks holiday…

Right now my Echeverias (I have several typrs–topsy turvy, light green, black and pearl) are sitting in my window sill facing morning sun and are watered once a week. I will go in 2 weeks hi ok today and want to know what is the best way to care for these plants when I go in holiday. I dint want to come back to find them wilted, altho so far sites have said they are Hardy…

Do you recommend I move the plants to shady area, water them thoroughly, with water well drained thru the day before I go On holiday and hope they survive when I return?

I was looking at these watering stakes that can be placed in the soil and allow the water to drain to the root as needed by plant….does this work for succulents?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 4, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Your plan sounds like a good one. Echeverias are desert plants and quite drought tolerant, so underwatering is always less of a concern for them. They should do fine for 2 weeks. If they are a bit unhappy when you return, they should perk up when you resume your usual watering schedule. I haven't used the watering stakes so I don't know if there is a risk that they will overwater and cause rot.

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Asked by
Ktturn on
December 1, 2017

Q. Spikes on Echeveria plants

When, if ever, should I cut of the spikes coming out from my Echeveria hybrid plant?

Answered by
DLarum on
December 2, 2017
Certified Expert
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You can deadhead them when they are done blooming. Cut the stalks all the way back to their base. These articles may help

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/fgen/deadheading-flowers.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/echeveria/caring-for-echeveria-plants.htm

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Asked by
fantomka on
January 22, 2018

Q. growing echeveria

Does these seedlings look ok? it’s been almost a month since i sowed them and they show very little of improvment specially last two weeks, i gave them more light because i thought they are bit long. i’m putting some sand around them so they dont break or fall down on the potting mix

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 22, 2018
Certified Expert
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They look fine to me! They will appreciate more light. This article will give you more information on this plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/echeveria/caring-for-echeveria-plants.htm

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