The Topsy Turvy Plant ‘Echeveria Runyonii’

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The world of succulents brings with it all sorts of small beauties in pots. Succulents are easy to grow, easy to care for, and can improve your home aesthetic. They come in a range of colors. This variation makes them prime candidates for simple yet environmentally-friendly house décor. Speaking of succulent beauty, the Echeveria Runyonii species is unique succulent gaining popularity. This fast grower has unique features that make it a great Echeveria genus species to have indoors.

Here, we break down how to identify, grow and care for this pale little succulent.

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What Is Echeveria Runyonii?

Echeveria Runyonii, also known as topsy turvy or silver spoons, is a pale-green succulent found in Mexico. This evergreen succulent produces big mounds of pale blue or white-blue leaves that can grow up to 10 cm tall. The color of the leaves can sometimes get a hint of pink. However, the whitish hue features in all variations of Echeveria runyonii.

This plant is unique in how its leaves grow. Some varieties have leaves that extend outward and then fold downwards, making them look like blooming rose petals. However, others grow outwards, and then the sharp top end starts to curve inwards, forming a beautiful pattern. The curvature seen in these leaves has led to the Echeveria runyonii getting different names, such as Texas Rose and Lucida. Topsy Turvy is a California-bred mutation that has become one of the most popular cultivars.

Cultivars And Hybrids

The following are some of Echeveria Runyonii’s hybrids and cultivars.

  • Echeveria Ruyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’
  • Echeveria ‘Dondo’
  • Echeveria ‘Encantada’

How To Propagate The Echeveria Runyonii Topsy Turvy Plant

The best method to propagate Echeveria Runyonii is through leaf cuttings. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut a leaf from the plant and place it in a new pot away from the main plant. Use this process to propagate it successfully.

You will need a big pot. The pot should be bigger than the root ball of the plant. A big pot is essential to make sure any water poured in the pot is well distributed and doesn’t dampen the soil. You can get ready-made potting mix in plant stores. A standard potting mix comprises loose dirt, gravel, and sand similar to what is found in Mexico’s dry parts.

Cover the leaf-cutting with a thin layer of the potting mix. Since it is a fast grower, you should see growth in a few weeks.

You can repot Echeveria Runyonii after every year during spring. Repotting helps you to check the health status of the root and to increase the plant’s lifespan. Keep the plant in a sunny area to dry out the soil days before you report. Clean the roots and place the plant in its new home. Echeveria Runyonii, like other succulents, loves sunlight. Sunlight is a crucial factor in the direction the leaves grow.

Propagation – Offsets

  • Offsets are the small rosettes that develop at the base of most plants in the Echeveria genus.
  • To propagate Echeveria Runyonii succulents by offsets, you need to pull the offset away from the mother plant and place it in its pot with well-draining soil.
  • After a few weeks, the offset should have developed enough roots to be transferred to a new pot.


Echeveria Runyonii Care

#1. Do You Need To Fertilize?

Echeveria runyonii is a native of a dry area with nutrient-deficient soil.  Fertilizer isn’t an absolute necessity. However, using some fertilizer boosts the leaves’ beauty and promotes growth in an indoor setting. A monthly spritz with fertilizer diluted in water will work fine. However, reduce or cut off the fertilization in the colder months.

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#2. Keeping Your Echereveria Runyonii Hydrated

Succulents are vulnerable to root rot. However, you won’t have to worry about root rot if you water the plant carefully. Initially, water it twice a week. Water the plant sparingly. This is only to ensure that it blooms well. Still, it is adapted to dry conditions, so twice a week is by choice. As it matures, limit watering to light watering once every month.

During the colder months, you can slow down on watering. Indoor humidity won’t be an issue for the plant. Only water the plant lightly once you notice the soil has gone dry during the cold months. You can also wait for the plant to use the stored water in the leaves.

The first sign of too much watering is the yellowing of the leaves. The leaves could turn yellow or begin wilting. Since sunlight is scarce during cold months, you might also notice the leaves falling outward towards the edge of the pot. Prune wilting leaves starting from below, making sure it’s not a water or sunlight problem.

#3. Mind The Heat

Echeveria runyonii loves the heat. It thrives in heat. It would do excellent in stable hot weather all year round. However, expect to see tender leaves when temperatures fall. The cold season would be a great time to bring your Echereveria runyonii indoors. Make sure you keep it in a well-lit area. What it lacks in heat, it will grow towards the light.

Still, too much heat isn’t ideal for Echereveria runyonii. It does well outside in temperatures between 17-27°C. Keep an internal temperature in this range indoors and see the plant survive cold seasons.

Extreme heat will damage your plant. The best thing to do to sunburned leaves is to remove them. You can keep the untouched leaves. The best option would be growing another Echeveria runyonii.

#3. How Does Echeveria Runyonii React To Light?

Naturally, succulent grows in clusters. When it doesn’t get enough light, it will look for light and extend upward. This upward growth messes with its natural leaf shape. The leaves grow long and become weak. They also lose their color.

To avoid such scenarios while growing this succulent indoors, make sure you put it in an area with sufficient light. If a part of the area isn’t covered, turn the plant periodically for uniform growth. Direct sunlight might put the plant under stress. The shade is excellent for Echeveria Runyonii.

What Are Pests Likely To Attack Echeveria Runyonii?

Mealybugs can be a nightmare for your plant. You also have to watch out for aphids and vine weevils. Keep an eye for these pests, especially in the early development stages of the plant. Reduce the possibility of pest attacks by keeping the plant free of dead leaves. If you live in an area with hummingbirds, they can also be a great help. Echeveria runyonii attracts hummingbirds, which might feed on the bugs on the plant.

Apply fungicide to be safe when you repot or transplant.

Echeveria Runyonii-Conclusion


Echeveria Runyonii is one of many colorful Echeveria succulents. They form a bright lineup when they are kept alongside other Echeveria succulents. This plant also looks great in a terrarium.


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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