Echeveria Nodulosa (The Painted Echeveria)

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Echeveria nodulosa is also painted Echeveria, Echeveria discolor, or Echeveria misteca from Mexico. It is native to the semi-deserts of Central America, Mexico, and Northwestern South America. It is a member of the Crassulaceae family.

Description of Echeveria Nodulosa

Echeveria Nodulosa is one of the most beautiful succulents, commonly used as ornamental plants. They are flower-shaped, and the foliage is colorful. The stems grow two feet tall, with rosettes about five inches wide. The rosettes are deep green with red markings along the leaves, giving them a painted look; thus, their name is Painted Echeveria. The flowers are dull yellow sometimes, and they may have pinkish-red veins. They have no fragrance, and they bloom during summer.

This plant is not toxic; you don’t need to worry about where you keep it concerning your pets and children. However, you should keep it away from pets likely to nibble on it to keep it attractive.

Echeveria Nodulosa Care

This plant does not require too much care, but you must consider the following factors for your plant to grow as expected.


As stated earlier, Echeveria Nodulosa originated from the semi-deserts of South America, so you are required to mimic its original growth conditions when planting them. Ensure that the plant is in a place where it’s experiencing the full sun and partial shade.

This plant thrives in moderate sunlight. The best time to expose your plant to sunlight is early in the morning and early in the afternoon, but the plant under a shade if the sun is too hot, as it may scorch the leaves and course, bleaching out its original color. If your plant is indoor, place it near windows as it prefers indirect light. If it’s outside, let it be under trees during dry weather. Lack of enough light causes the plant to have tall and weak stems.

Temperature and humidity

Echeveria Nodulosa requires temperatures between 18 to 22 degrees Celsius, if the temperature is too low, your plant will not grow, and frost may damage it. Move your plant indoors during the winter or whenever the temperatures are shallow at night.

Humidity is best at 50%; anything below that damages the plant, and you may need to mist it. Too much humidity, on the other hand, may damage the plant. Its natural habitat in Mexico is arid and adapted for the same conditions. It doesn’t do well in high humidity areas. High humidity creates perfect conditions for fungi growth, which are detrimental to the plant’s health. In light of the above, you should keep the plant healthy.

Watering Echeveria Nodulosa

Echeveria Nodulosa is drought-resistant, like most other succulents. How you water it and the type of soil you plant it are the two most important considerations for the plant’s survival and health. Most of the most important diseases that affect this plant are caused by overwatering and general humidity in the plant’s environment. The diseases include root rot and fungal infections on the leaves.

Although the plant generally requires little water, you will need to water it more often in hotter seasons than in colder ones due to evaporation. How easily you manage this aspect of care for your plant will largely be determined by the type of soil on which you have grown your plant. Well-draining soil will make your watering immeasurably easier to manage. Since there is no one-size-fits-all approach for watering, you will need to determine the need for watering on a moment-by-moment basis.

How do you know your plant needs watering? The topsoil dryness test is always an effective method of knowing whether your plant requires some watering. Insert a finger into the plant’s soil or potting mix to feel whether or not the top two inches of the soil is dry. If dry, your soil needs more water since moisture from the previous drink has dried up.

When you notice the bottom leaves of the plant start to wrinkle and slightly wilt when the plant is severely dehydrated and needs urgent watering.

The best method to water the plush plant is the soak and dry it. Insert the plant into a large container filled with water and allow the plant to soak in the water for at least half an hour. After removing the plant, let the excess moisture drain from the drainage holes at the bottom of the container for another half an hour. Water again when the soil is dry. 

Dipping your plant in a tab is more applicable to this plant due to its structure. The stem is relatively short, and the branches cover the soil directly below the leaves. The leaf canopy above the soil makes it difficult to above the leaves without wetting; wet leaves make the plant susceptible to the growth of fungi.

We are always cautious about giving a definite watering schedule, even for the various seasons, because environmental conditions are a significant factor in how well the soil can retain water. Ambient temperature, for example, determines how fast water in the soil evaporates. Even in the same seasons, this temperature varies from place to place.


The most important thing to consider is your soil’s drainage. As stated earlier, this plant’s root system is small; soil that retains water will damage the roots. You can buy succulent soil from soil centers or mix it at home using sand, peat moss, and perlite. The soil must be loose and well-ventilated.

If you are planting your Echeveria Nodulosa in a pot (which is the most likely scenario), you must consider the pot type you use carefully. This is because the pot is critical in ensuring your soil will be humus-rich. It should have several draining holes at the bottom because the water that gets to the soil must get out to avoid waterlogging. You can also use a breathable pot to enhance the evaporation of water. Unglazed terracotta pots are the best option for growing these succulents.

Feeding Echeveria Nodulosa

Echeveria Nodulosa doesn’t require a lot of feeding. Once in a while, you can apply a fertilizer that is the best liquid and balanced. Be careful not to overfeed your plant as it may cause fertilizer burn and eventually death of the plant. After applying fertilizer, ensure you water the plant to eliminate any surplus. The best time to apply is during early summer. Avoid feeding during dormancy, as during this season, the plant cannot absorb a lot of nutrients, and then the surplus nutrients damage it.


Pruning is essential and should be done once or twice every year. The most important reason for pruning is to give way to new leaves as the new leaves are always more beautiful than the old ones. Removing the affected leaves is advisable to stop spreading to the rest of the plant. The scissors and the shears used for pruning should be sharp and clean to avoid infecting them with diseases.

Potting and repotting

Galvanized clay pots are the best because they lose water quickly. Do not use plastic pots as they store a lot of water which is bad for the roots. Use potting mix, which you can buy, or you can mix it at home. Ensure your pot has a drainage hole to prevent excess water. How deep the pot is depends on the season. Deep pots are good during winter as they protect the plant from frost. Shallow pots are easier to move from one place to another.

You can repot the plant if it outgrows the current pot to a bigger one. If it is affected by root rot caused by overwatering, you may consider repotting it to fresh and dry soil to save it.

Under normal circumstances repotting should be done once in three years.

Pests And Diseases

Echeveria Nodulosa can withstand a majority of the pests that trouble other plants. However, it is susceptible to mealybugs, aphids, plant scales, and spider mites. You can protect the plant from these pests by keeping it clean and well-aired. Removing drying leaves is one way of ensuring protection because these pests like to hide in them.

Always keep your plant healthy, healthy plants can repel pests more effectively, but hungry plants are usually vulnerable to these pests. Isolate any plant in your Mediterranean garden infested by any pest to keep it from infecting others.

You can take a few measures to cure your Echeveria Nodulusa of pests. You can rub the infected parts with alcohol at 70% concentration. Take a piece of cotton wool, dip it into the alcohol, and dab the part of the plant with the infestation. You can also use chemical pesticides, but it is better to use organic pesticides. If you notice an infestation, you could apply the following organic pesticides.

  1. Neem oil: Unlike the other pesticides listed below, neem oil is a systemic pesticide. It gets into the plant and poisons it against the bugs so that they don’t survive or reproduce when they attack the plant. Pure Neem Oil is made from the neem plant. Therefore, it is entirely natural and not harmful to humans.
  2. Hot pepper spray: Hot pepper is quite irritating when it gets on your skin and eyes, and it has the same effects on the bugs infesting your succulents. Spray it carefully on the affected parts to protect your skin and eyes.
  3. Garlic spray: A concentrated garlic spray can have the same effects on the bugs as pepper spray. You can manufacture the garlic spray by crushing garlic cloves and putting them in hot water. Put just a little hot water, so the end product is concentrated enough to destroy the pests. Remove the garlic residue, put the pesticide in a sprayer, and spray away on the infected parts of the plant.

Always spray a small part of the plant with the pesticide you want to use before spraying on the whole plant. This precaution applies when using contact pesticides, i.e., hot pepper and garlic. You need to see the plant’s reaction before you spray it all. You can reduce concentration if the test shows the plant’s reacting adverse effects on the pesticide.

Common Problems with Echeveria Nodulosa

Yellow Leaves

If you don’t mitigate this problem, it may lead to the death of your plant. Yellow leaves show that your plant is either overwatered or underfed. The elimination method makes it easy to determine which problem is the cause. Dip your finger into the substrate; if the water is soggy, your plant is overwatered and could suffer from root rot. Stop watering and drain off the extra water from the pottage. On the other hand, if the soil is not soggy, your plan needs additional nutrients. Feed it using suitable fertilizer.

Deformed or Curling Leaves

Echeveria Nodulusa leaves are its most attractive quality. If the leaves curl, assuming an unnatural position, your plant will lose its appeal. Leaves curl when your plant is overwatered or isn’t getting adequate light. Check the amount of water in the soil and reduce it as necessary. You should move the plant to a window sill to get adequate sunlight. The leaves will return to normal soon as you change the conditions.

Echeveria Nodulosa Propagation

Stem cuttings

Follow the following steps while propagating using a leaf

  1. Identify a healthy stem
  2. Take clean and sharp garden shears and cut the stem together with two leaves.
  3. Allow the stem to dry a little bit for two to three days, and callus
  4. Prepare your soil
  5. Plant your now dry stem into the soil and ensure the leaves do not touch the soil
  6. Place the container under indirect sunlight whenever the soil is dry. You
  7. will observe roots after a while

Leaf cuttings

This method is easy, and the results are excellent.

  1. Identify a healthy leaf
  2. Cut it using sharp and clean garden shears
  3. Allows it to callus for about two to three days
  4. Water the leaf regularly
  5. Once you start noticing roots, it is time to plant the leaf in the cactus soil and water it well.
  6. Place under indirect sunlight and filtered light
  7. Now place it in a pot and make sure it has drainage holes.


Offsets are produced at the base of the plant. Below is how to propagate using offsets.

  1. Twist and pull a few offsets and set them aside for a few days to allow the dry  up and callus
  2. Prepare a container or pot with cactus soil.
  3. Once the offset has callused, plant the roots directly into the soil with the offset sitting on top.
  4. Water lightly
  5. Put it in an area where it gets enough sunlight and filtered light
  6. After some weeks, stronger roots will start forming

Final Words

Echeveria Nodulosa is such a beautiful plant, with minimum care conditions. It can grow well in most conditions; as long as it’s well taken care of, it can serve generations. The fact that it is not toxic makes it even better.


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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