Taking good care of plants is one of the simple joys of life. Aside from the beauty, it brings to our home, it also aids in the self-care process of its owner. Ironic as it may sound, but taking good care of plants also benefited us. It allows the plant parent to have a sense of routine and responsibility. Am I watering my plant enough? Have I exposed them to enough sunlight? Some of us might even allow our plants to listen to music and might develop the habit of taking kindly to our plants.
Therefore all these plant care tips enhance and develop our ability to relate and have empathy. Having said that, it is no wonder why many of us are starting to love and appreciate plants again. Being a plant parent nowadays is very popular, people are going out into nature and re-discovering different plants. In this article, we’ll discuss another type of succulents that you might consider adding to your little plant collection.
Origin And Appearance
Echeveria Afterglow is a result of a hybrid of two (2) other types of echeveria succulents, which are Echeveria Cante (also known as White Cloud Echeveria) and Echeveria Shaviana (also known as the Mexican Hen). This hybrid experiment was said to be conducted by Don Worth, a professional photographer and succulent grower located in San Francisco. The origin of the echeveria plants can be traced from the mountainous region of northern Mexico and South America.
Physically, it is said that Echeveria Afterglow mimics a rose. It has a blue or lavender rosette with bright pink coloring around the edges of the leaves. During the summer season, orange-red colored flowers can bloom from their lower leaves. The bright edges of the flower give it an ethereal look. The flower stalk must be removed as it may interfere with the growth of your Echeveria Afterglow. It can grow up to 24 inches or 61cm. It is also known as “Mexican Hen and Chicks” as it produces offset at the mother plant’s base.
Echeveria Afterglow is highly recognized for its beauty and amazing colors. It is something pleasing to the eyes and usually displayed for aesthetic purposes. Echeveria Afterglow was often placed in rock gardens or Mediterranean gardens and even in floral arrangements.
Echeveria Afterglow Care
Echeveria Afterglow thrives in heat and can tolerate drought if it is established. Generally, mild temperatures are ideal and what is essential is to avoid the temperature between 15 to 33 degrees Celsius to avoid rotting.
In terms of humidity, your Echeveria Afterglow prefers 40 to 60 percent humidity levels. Suppose you are indoors and your home has low humidity during the winter or summer. In that case, transferring your Echeveria Afterglow outdoors for a while is advisable to allow proper air condition. Do not forget to also water your plant at night during these seasons to some moisture or water droplets your plant.
For Echeveria Afterglow to bloom fully, it is recommended only to receive full sunlight to partial shade. If planted outdoors, 6 hours of direct sunlight is advisable, and if indoor, better to place it by the window for it to have access to sunlight.
In terms of the water requirement, the best way to check when to water the plant is by checking the soil’s moisture. Touch the soil and see if it feels dry. You may also try poking a stick into the soil at around 2 inches deep to see if the soil is dry. Add water into the soil as needed.
All plant parents must ensure they are not overwatering Echeveria Afterglow as it may lead the roots to rot. Once the root starts to rot, it may develop fungus on the other parts of the plant. Observe any blackened part of the plant as it may be a sign of overwatering. If you suspect you are overwatering your plant, immediately restrict the watering frequency and cut off the infected part of the plant using a garden shear. It is also best if you’ll re-pot the said plant to ensure proper drainage.
Like all succulent plants, drainage is essential. Every plant parent must ensure the pot has a proper drainage hole, allowing the excess water to flow. The pot must also be large enough to grow roots, as Echeveria Afterglow requires to grow freely without compromising the airflow
When the time comes that your Echeveria Afterglow outgrows its current pot, that is the perfect time for repotting. Generally, Echeveria Afterglow needs repotting every two years, and it is advisable to do this during the warmer season. It would help if you also kept in mind to avoid unnecessary repotting to avoid any further damage to your plant
To ensure that Echeveria Afterglow grows healthy, one must check the composition of the soil. It is advisable to add 50% to 70% mineral grit into the soil to improve the drainage. During summer, using fertilizer is also encouraged. Dilute the fertilizer into the water to improve its strength. When the temperature starts to get cold, stop giving fertilizer to your Echeveria Afterglow
Since Echeveria Afterglow is a fast-growing succulent, it might be helpful if you prune your plant to maintain its size and shape. But same with repotting, you must be very intentional to avoid overdoing it and eventually damaging your plant. It is only necessary to prune your Echeveria Afterglow when there are any damaged, dead, or discolored leaves. You may remove these with your bare hands to not compromise the health of the entire plant. If you are uncomfortable with using your hands, you may also opt to use a clean, sharp knife; make sure that you avoid accidentally snipping off any healthy parts of your Echeveria Afterglow
Pests And Diseases
Unfortunately, Echeveria Afterglow attracts pests such as mealybugs and aphids. This type of pest drinks the sap of the plant, which prevents them from getting enough nutrition and hydration. To avoid this scenario, it always removes any dead leaves, and you may also wipe your plants, especially if any white cotton-like substances are starting to appear on them
According to plant enthusiasts, Echeveria Afterglow is very easy to propagate. It can be done in three (3) manners, propagation by offsets, stem cuttings, and leaves. The kinds of propagation just vary from which part of the plant you will use, but the steps are basically just the same. One must remove the offsets, stem, or leaves using a sharpened and sterilized garden shear. Allow the removed offset, stem, or leaves to harden and develop calluses by placing them in a dry and warm place. Once that calluses developed already, approximately after 2 – 3 days, you may now place the offset into a pot with well-drained soil.
Another advantage of Echeveria Afterglow is that it is not toxic for cats and dogs. So for all plant parents and fur parents out there, this might be the perfect plant for you. Add Echeveria Afterglow into your garden without having to worry about your pets getting intoxicated. It will definitely leave you stress-free and allow you to dedicate more time to relaxing and admiring your plants and pets together.
After reading through this article about Echeveria Afterglow, we hope that you found a new plant to love and nurture. Keep planting and giving back to nature!
Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City
Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!