succulent plant native to Central America; it produces big rosettes of spatula-shaped leaves, thick and very fleshy, of dark green colour; the stems are semi-woody, and quite ramified, they tend to develop close to the ground, reaching the 25-30 cm of height, and often root when they remain in contact with the substratum for long time.
The foliar surface is completely covered by a thin white down, often reddish at the apex of the foliage, which gives to the plant a very decorative appearance all over the year. In late spring, it produces thin erect stems with small leaves and numerous star-shaped flowers, orange-red in colour. A plant of easy cultivation, suitable also for being cultivated in apartment, there are numerous hybrids and cultivars, with particularly coloured flowers and leaves.
prefers sunny locations, but can tolerate half shade; the echeveries can also withstand very cold temperatures, but it is advisable to avoid exposing them to frost, especially in areas with very wet cold seasons. It can be cultivated as an indoor plant.
although they can easily withstand even prolonged periods of drought, these plants tend to be less luxuriant and decorative if poorly watered; therefore, from April to September we recommend watering regularly, always waiting for the soil to be dry between one watering and the other. Every 10-12 days, provide specific fertilizer for succulent plants, dissolved in the water of the watering.
they need a very well drained soil, formed by little universal mould, mixed with sand and lapillus, in way to form an incoherent and well permeable substratum. The specimens cultivated in pot are to be repotted at least every 2-3 years.
is very easily carried out by means of leaf or stem cutting; if we want we can easily produce new specimens already of good size by removing entire rosettes provided with a fairly long stem, they will easily root in a single container.
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fear the development of cochineal, which often nests in the interstices between the leaves, on the flower stems often lurk in spring aphids.