Pachyveria Scheideckeri (Powdered Jewel Plant)

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This hybrid originated in Mexico, and leaves of various hues characterize it. It has a short, thick stem. The plant has densely packed rosettes with thick, closely packed leaves.

Scientific Name:Pachyveria scheideckeri
Other Names:Jewelled Crown
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:It is not frost tolerant but can withstand extremely high temperatures of up to 120oF (49oC). It would be best 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 10-11b
Average Mature Height & WidthIts rosettes are 3-3.5 inches wide, and its height is about 4 inches.
Dormancy:The plant goes dormant in the hottest months of summer.
Toxicity:When ingested or touched, it is primarily non-toxic to pets and humans. Eating it is, however, not recommended.
Pachyveria Scheideckeri Summary

Pachyveria Scheideckeri Physical Characteristics

The foliage is this plant’s main attraction, characterized by leaves of various hues, including bluish-green, gray, and red. This red color comes from exposure of the plant to intense sunlight.

The plant has rosettes that are densely packed with thick leaves. The structure of these leaves is such that they have a vertical orientation which, coupled with their colorful nature, gives the plant the common name ‘Jeweled Crown.’

It has a short, thick stem which branches. Rosettes form on the end of these branches. Leaves are covered with whitish farina for protection from the intensity of the sun’s rays. Due to this powder, leaves appear cloudy, whatever color they may have.  Each rosette produces a bent raceme from which flowers grow; they are small orange flowers with sepals of the same colors as the plant’s leaves.

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Pachyveria  Scheideckeri Care

The plant is a bit delicate where watering is concerned. It requires moderate watering, but salty water accumulates salts in the substrate, affecting the soil negatively. Therefore, you should use distilled water regularly, but you can give it salt water occasionally. Watering should be more regular during the growing seasons, and you should 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. Keep it next to a southern window to expose the plant to as much sunlight as possible. Direct, intense sunlight over time causes the leaves to attain a pinkish hue. 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 Scheideckeri 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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