Echeveria “Blue Heron”

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Echeveria Blue Heron is a hybrid succulent known for its colorful leaves and flowers. Care guide for this echeveria is pretty straightforward, and I’ll show you everything you need to know!

Physical Characteristics

echeveria blue heron physical characteristics

Echeveria Blue Heron has spoon-shaped, thick and fleshy leaves. They are bluish-green, but if exposed to bright, direct sunlight, their edges get pinkish. You will notice powdery coating covering the leaves – it protects them from harsh sunlight.

Besides eye-catching leaves, this succulent also blooms, producing vibrant bell-shaped flowers. You’ll usually catch them during late spring or early summer. Like leaves, flower’s color also depends a lot on sunlight.

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Echeveria Blue Heron Care

Sunlight: Provide at least 6 hours of bright, direct sunlight every day, for healthy and colorful Blue Heron. Sun helps this plant a lot, but if you notice discolored, dried or wilted leaves, provide some shade during hottest part of the day.

Temperature: Temperature between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) works best for this echeveria. It’s important to protect the plant from extremely hot and cold temperatures. Extreme heat with intense sunlight can lead to leaf burn or dehydration.

Water: Water when soil feels dry. Soil needs about 2-3 weeks to dry out during active growing season(spring and summer). On the other hand, when Blue Heron enters dormancy period, soil may need more time to dry. When watering, do so thoroughly. Avoid overwatering and watering leaves – they store water.

Soil: One way to stop overwatering is to get well-draining soil. Succulent or cactus mix mixed with perlite, coarse sand or pumice will do the job for your echeveria. Also, get a container with drainage holes, if you are planning to grow Echeveria Blue Heron in a container.

Fertilizer: Use fertilizer designed for succulents. You can apply it once a month during the active growing season, but this is not necessary. If you do so, make sure to water the plant first to prevent root burn.

Growth

If you want Echeveria Blue Heron to stay healthy and continue growing, consider repotting after some time. If you notice your echeveria has outgrown its container, or diseased or yellowing leaves, repotting is a good idea. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Choose a one size bigger container
  • Get a well-draining soil
  • Water day or two before repotting
  • Remove your plant from its current pot
  • Trim away diseased and damaged roots
  • Place your Blue Heron in the middle of container, and add soil around it

Water lightly and provide bright, indirect sunlight first couple of days after repotting. Also, if you can repot during active growing season.

Pruning, alongside repotting can also be very beneficial. If you notice diseased or dead leaves, by cutting them, you can stop the spread of disease on other parts of your plant. Trim leggy stems too – they become leggy because your plant lacks sunlight. If you want your Echeveria Blue Heron to have a certain shape, pruning is just the thing you need to do. Plant needs some time to recover from pruning – make sure to provide gentle care couple of days after pruning.

If one Blue Heron is not enough for you, you can multiply it, and there are many ways how to do that. One of them is to take a healthy leaf and let it callus. Then, plant the callused leaf in well-draining soil and keep it lightly moist. Place the planted leaf under bright, indirect sunlight for a couple of days or weeks.

Echeveria Blue Heron also produces offsets(baby plants). Once they grow to look like a small version of mature plant, you can let them callus and plant them in well-draining, lightly moist soil. 

Mature Blue Heron plants can also be divided and each part, with it’s own root system, needs to callus in order to be planted. 

You can use seeds too, but you’ll need to be more patient with them. Sow the seeds and press the into the soil, making sure not to cover them – they require light to germinate. Provide lightly moist soil and cover it with plastic lid. Place the container under bright, indirect sunlight. Make sure the location is warm. Once seeds grow, transfer them into individual containers.

Commonly asked questions about Echeveria Blue Heron

A thread from u/gabzrubi: “After loosening the root ball, my Echeveria Blue Heron had a second rosette head that is searching for light. It has it’s own roots also. Should I separate the two?

Answer: Don’t do it yet. Wait for the head to develop chlorophyll – it needs it to survive. Right now rosette head depends on the mother plant. You can introduce it to indirect sunlight at first.

echeveria blue heron with rosette head

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