Pachyveria ‘Glauca’

Pachyveria 'Glauca' Image

Little Jewel because its leaves form spikey rosettes with colored edges. The colored ends of the leaves on the rosettes make the entire leaves appear like jewels. It is a star-shaped plant with a familiar name.

Scientific Name:Pachyveria Glauca
Other Names:Little Jewel
Growth Season: Spring and fall
Preferred Temperature: It is not frost tolerant but can withstand extremely high temperatures of up to 120oF (49oC). ). It would help if you didn’t keep it under temperatures below 45oF (7oC) for a long time as such cold damages the plant. Under 20oF (-6.7oC), the temperature will kill the plant in a few days.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9a-11b
Average Mature Height & Width:It grows to an average of up to 6 inches with a similar width.
Dormancy: The plant goes dormant in the hottest months of summer.
Toxicity:When ingested or touched, it is mainly non-toxic to pets and humans. Eating it is, however, not recommended.
Pachyveria ‘Glauca’ Summary

Pachyveria ‘Glauca’ Physical Characteristics

A hybrid of Pachyphytum Hookeri and a species in the Echeveria genus, it is characterized by spiny leaves with a cylindrical shape. These leaves are covered with farina, the whitish powder that keeps the leaves from getting scorched by UV rays from the sun. Leaves have a reddish tint at the tip, but they also have some purple on the leave’s surface. These leaves form geometrical rosettes, which are the plant’s main attraction. 

This succulent blooms in late winter, producing curved racemes from which melon-colored flowers grow. 

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Pachyveria ‘Glauca’ Care

Watering should be more regular during the spring and fall growing seasons. Use the soak-and-dry method in these two seasons. Winter is when the plant blooms, and flowering is an intensive activity. You should, therefore, water the succulent regularly throughout the year except for the summer, its dormancy season, when you should go slow on watering. Always avoid waterlogging. The substrate, therefore, should be well draining; a commercial cactus mix or loamy soil mixed with an equal measure of gravel. 

This Pachyveria does best under bright light, whether direct or indirect. Direct, intense sunlight over time causes the leaves to attain a pinkish hue. Keep it next to a southern window to expose the plant to as much sunlight as possible. It requires fertilizer during its growing season. You can feed it every two weeks with a half-strength fertilizer for succulents. The fertilizer should contain phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen isn’t suitable because it can destroy the plant. 

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Pachyveria ‘Glauca’ Growth

Stem and leaf cuttings are the best options for propagation. During pruning, you can obtain the cuttings by clipping off some branches and leaves. Pruning is a necessary part of the plant’s husbandry since it allows you to remove dead leaves to keep the plant neat. Also, it allows for free air circulation, which keeps pests and diseases at bay. 

Mealybugs, scale insects, and aphids can attack this plant. Besides keeping it healthy, you can protect the plant using systemic pesticides and cure it using organic contact pesticides. Repotting is only necessary when the plant doubles in size, outgrowing the pot. It is a rare eventuality since the plant grows slowly. 

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