Echeveria Pulidonis – The Beautiful Stemless-Rosette Succulent

Echeveria Pulidonis is a beautiful, petite, slow-growing succulent with unique features and characteristics. It’s common name is Pulido’s Echeveria. Scientifically it’s classified under the family- Crassulaceae.

An evergreen plant with plump, fleshy leaves and no stem. It is technically impossible to be without a stem because the leaves have to attach somewhere. However, the plant may appear to be without a stem because leaves grow right from the beginning of the stem that is visible above the soil.

Origin & Characteristics of Echeveria Pulidonis

Pulido’s Echeverria origin can be traced back to Mexico and Central America. If you know the history of the Echeverria genus, you may already have guessed the plant’s origin. The entire genus is named after Atanasio Echeverria, an illustrator who contributed considerably to the Flora Mexicana.

The following are some of Pulido Echeverria’s characteristics.

Leaves

This plant’s leaves are its main attraction. They are lovely and virtually all you see, although we shall discuss the stem that holds them together shortly. It has leaves that grow tidily, forming beautiful rosettes.

The leaves are green-blue. When exposed to adequate sunlight, the tips turn, giving it a hint of red on the edges. The red on the leaves may intensify; it is usually the plan’s distress reaction to excessive sunlight, but it increases the beauty of the plant.

These leaves are obovate, and they curve upwards on the edges. They also appear to form cups on all sides. This leaf orientation is a vital consideration, as we shall see when discussing watering.

When you touch it, the texture of the leaves is powdery. The powdery substance on the leaves is known as farina, and it is also waxy to the touch. It is the plant’s way of protecting itself from the damage that direct sun rays may cause. The powder allows the plant to survive the intense sunlight in its natural habitat in the Mexican deserts.

Stem

The stems are reddish, thus presenting a beautiful contrast with the green-blue leaves. However, there is not much of it to see when the plant is healthy (it has abundant leaves) that cover the stem almost entirely. No branches proceed from the stem as the leaves and flowers grow directly on the stem.

Flowers

Pulidonis flowers in spring produce yellow, showy flowers. The flowers are golden-yellow and bloom in spring under the right conditions. Echeveria pulidonis flowers so much that its short stem usually arches due to the weight of the flowers in full bloom.

Toxicity

It is non-toxic to pets and humans, which makes it even easier to place on a desk as decoration.

Generally, the plant is slow-growing and doesn’t grow to be tall. Its rosettes grow to between 5-6 inches wide. It attains a height of about six to eight inches. These dimensions show that it is a relatively small plant, ideal for growing in pots and keeping as a table-top plant, among other possible uses.

When it has matured, it produces offsets that can grow to mature plants too. There are many ways to propagate the plant, but offsets are the easiest propagation method. They have the best possibility of the sapling becoming a viable plant—more on this in the section on propagation.  

Echeveria Pulidonis Care & Growing Guide

This succulent is very easy to grow and maintain. Below are conditions you may need to consider when growing it and some of the actions you can take to give it the environment for the best results.

Light Requirements

Like most succulents, Echeveria Pulidonis loves light. It requires at least six hours for the best results. Flowering is one of the most energy-intensive processes in a plant; therefore, sunlight is necessary for this showy bloomer. Expose it to enough sunlight, and you will enjoy how it blooms. The red tint on its leaves results from a good supply of light, it is a distress signal for a little too much sun, but you can push it to the limit as typical sunlight is unlikely to kill the pant. 

Monitor the intensity of sunlight when planting outside. If the sunlight is unusually intense, placing your succulent under a partial shade would be best to avoid it being sunburned. Sunburn is rare due to the presence of the white wax that tempers the effects of sunlight.

We mentioned earlier that this plant is ideal for use as a table plant, which means keeping it indoors. Be sure to put it next to a window where it can access sunlight for as long as possible. You can supplement sunlight with artificial grow lights if sunlight is insufficient. Put a sheer curtain between the plant and the window in the unlikely event sunlight is too intense.  

Keep this succulent near the window, preferably within one foot, to ensure it soaks in as much sunlight as it needs. Keeping it in a room requires you to find ways of compensating for the inadequate sunlight it will be getting. In such an event, it is advisable to keep the plant in a room painted in bright colors because such painting in the room intensifies light through reflection.

Keeping the plant in the dark or somewhere it doesn’t get as much sunlight as needed usually causes the leaves to be yellow. Sometimes the leaves can drop, and the plant will be much more susceptible to diseases since it is generally weak.

Watering Echeveria Pulidonis

Watering is always a sensitive issue when it comes to succulents. Over watering causes the roots to rot and eventually die. First, ensure the pot you are using has drainage holes to release excess water. Also, the soil should be well-draining; any cactus mix soil is ideal. All this is to avoid any instance where water stagnates.

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. 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 requires to be watered? 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 this succulent 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 leaves start growing right from the base. The leaf canopy above the soil makes it difficult from above without wetting the leaves; wet leaves make the plant susceptible to the growth of fungi. Echeveria pulidonis’ cupped leaves exacerbate the situation because water that lands on the cupped leaves will remain, making the plant susceptible to fungi infestation. 

We are always cautious about giving a definite watering schedule even for the various seasons because the 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.

Soil

Any well-draining soil would work best when cultivating this plant. As earlier stated, this is to avoid stagnant water or excess water, which causes the roots to rot. A cactus mix would be great. Adding a layer of gravel would help keep moisture from the roots.

Waterlogged soil can quickly kill it; It denies the roots oxygen, causing them to rot. If you don’t remedy root rot quickly, it can easily cause your plant to dry up. So which is the best substrate?

If you are going for a commercial pottage, buy cactus or succulent soil in nurseries or other related shops. That soil is already well-draining, but you will need to make it even easier to drain by adding fifty to seventy percent grit.

Grit could be coarse sand, perlite, or pumice. You can even improvise by grinding coconut shells and mixing them with the soil. The soil should be moist most of the time for the benefit of the plant, but it shouldn’t be soaking wet either. The use of commercial pottage mix is best when growing your plant in a pot.

If you grow the plant outdoors in a Mediterranean garden or as a hedge, you must ensure the soil is well-draining. The plant can handle rock ground, so that should not be a problem. If the soil in your area has more clay than grit, you can introduce sand in the planting holes to allow your water to drain quickly. Also, you may need to create French drains to allow any excess water to run off the roots.

This plant has a susceptible root system; therefore, the soil you plant should be well-draining and contain peat moss, perlites, and sand. Ensure that you put pebbles at the bottom of the pot to allow air to pass through.

Feeding Echeveria Pulidonis

Generally, the plant does not need fertilizer. Still, if you plan to feed the plant, you would want to consider the liquid-type fertilizer and make sure it is well diluted to reduce the chemical salts that might accumulate in the pottage. Also, feed the plant sparingly in the spring and summer growing seasons. It might need that extra push, especially when blooming. Feeding it once every two or three months would be okay, but, like with every other aspect of the care regime, observe your plant and adjust accordingly.

Temperature

Echeveria Pulidonis loves and flourishes in warm temperatures. However, it can still do well in temperatures of 50-75°F. Caution if you live in areas that experience frigid winters, move the plant indoors during the winter months as frost kills the plant very fast.

Potting and Repotting

This is slow-growing; it only needs repotting once every two years to accommodate the additional size. Repotting may also be made necessary by your substrate losing its porosity. The soil you plant can become less and less porous over time as it loses some of its grit through drainage holes and watering. The pot you report should be at least 10% bigger than the previous one.

If you are potting for the first time, choose the pot carefully. 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.

Pests & Diseases

When well taken care of, the plant can remain healthy with little disturbance from pests and diseases. However, looking for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects is essential. You can quickly remedy this by using organic pesticides.

You need to inspect your plants regularly. This practice enables you to catch an infestation before it gets out of hand. Severe infestation by any of these pests causes your plant’s leaves to develop brown spots that look unhealthy. This is because these pests suck the sap from the leaves.

One way to handle them is by spraying the affected parts with pesticide soap. You can use the liquid dishwashing soap mixed with water at a ratio of 1:1 and spray. The soap irritates the insects, dislodging them from the plant. You can also use the following plant-based 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.

Rub the infected parts of the plant with rubbing alcohol of at least 70%. It will help you dislodge the pests.  

Root rot is the most complex disease; you can avoid it by keeping the soil well-drained. Root rot is often characterized by yellowing leaves that end up falling off. These are also the symptoms of a plant suffering from sunlight deficiency. If your soil has been dry, you see the leaves yellowing, especially in winter. Take the plant out in the sun for about six hours a day for a few days; it will recover.

Common Problems with Echeveria Pulidonis

There are other indications that your plant could be experiencing some problems, as below.

  1. Slow or No Growth: This plant’s growth is slow, but it should be steady. If you find that it is not growing, it indicates that it needs more sunlight. Move it to more direct sunlight.
  2. Yellow leaves: if the leaves start yellowing from below and the soil is soggy, your plant is overwatered. Yellow leaves may also signal severe dehydration. Water the plant if the soil wetness test confirms the dehydration.
  3. Mushy stems: A mush stem shows that your plant has root rot. You can remedy this by repotting the plant. When the stem has become mushy, it is too late to salvage the plant. You can use the still healthy parts of the stem to propagate and get new plants.
  4. Rotting leaves: This is a symptom of fungal infection on the leaves. The leaves will be slimy and crash easily to the touch. This may be a result of watering from the above.  

How to Propagate Echeveria Pulidonis 

Propagating Echeveria pulidonis is easy and can be done using the below methods.

By Leaves

When propagating using leaves, below are steps you can take

  • Carefully pinch off a leaf from a mature plant
  • Leave it in the open for about a week for it to dry out and callous.
  • Place the leaf in a pot with well-draining soil drainage holes.
  • After a few weeks, roots will start to form.
  • Continue watering and taking care of the plant as you would a mature plant

By Stem Cuttings

You can also choose to use a stem cut instead of a leaf cut. The following are items you need:

  • A mature Echeveria Pulidonis plant
  • Cutting tool
  • Sterilizer
  • Cotton wool
  • Gloves
  • Pot with drainage holes filled with porous soil
  • Water

Below are steps you should undertake:

  1. Choose a mature plant
  2. Sterilize your cutting tools by rubbing the sterilizer on the cutting tool using a piece of cotton wool
  3. Wearing gloves, carefully cut a stem using your sterilized tool
  4. Place the stem in the open for about a week for it to dry out
  5. Take the cutting and plant it in a pot that has drainage holes and porous soil
  6. Water the plant adequately and continue caring for it as you would a mature plant.

By Offsets

This plant produces offsets to offer us an opportunity for propagation. The offsets form when the mother plant sends roots into the soil, and other plants develop from the edges of these roots.

You can let the offset grow into an independent plant in the same pot with enough space or move it into a different pot for a new plant.

Allow it to grow until it takes the plant’s form and moves it when it has just a few branches. Put the baby plant in a pot of moist, well-drained soil and allow it to grow. An offset roots faster than a leaf, and it becomes a plant more quickly since it is already relatively well-formed.

For best results when propagating, avoid contamination by using sterilized tools and wearing gloves. Also, make sure you use the right kind of pot and soil. Avoid over-watering. Give it the necessary conditions, and you will enjoy having a mature plant within no time.

Final Words

Echeveria Pulidonis is a stunning and uniquely featured succulent that would be a great addition to your garden or even an indoor houseplant. It’s straightforward to care for and maintain. With it forming offsets, you can get many more plants from it. Its minimal care conditions can bloom and flourish all year round.

ABOUT ME

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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