Let’s Get To Know The Hybrid Succulent Genus ‘Pachyveria’

GenusX Pachyveria
FamilyCrassulaceae
CultivarsPachyveria bea, Pachyveria myrtilla, Pachyveria scheideckeri, Pachyveria powderpuff, Pachyveria clavata
Other NamesJeweled crown, Little jewel
SunlightFull sunlight, Partial shade in higher temperatures.
Temperature7°C minimum
ClimateArid, Semi-Arid
PropagationLeaves, Stem cuttings
Height3-7 inches
WaterThirsty during summer, reduce in winter
OthersVulnerable to aphids, thrips, and mealybugs.

The rosette-shaped Pachyveria genus is a group of petite, very beautiful, hybrid succulents that grow to a height of 2 to 6 inches.

But wait, hold up, you’re probably scratching your head wondering just what is a “hybrid succulent”? 

Well, let’s expound on that a bit before we proceed any further.

What Is A Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is when two plants of different species are cross-bred, producing another new species.

Concerning succulents, the Pachyveria is a hybrid cross between the Pachyphytum and Echeveria genus of succulents.

The offspring of hybridized plants are called cultivars, and cross-breeding of the Pachyphytum + Echeveria genus produces at least eight cultivars, which we shall talk about below.

Uses

Pachyveria is typically known as an ornament perfect in rock gardens or dish gardens.

Although generally, succulents have medicinal benefits such as treating cuts, burns, and stomachaches. However, double-check if the type of succulent you have is toxic or non-toxic

Different Pachyveria Varieties – Popular Pachyveria Cultivars

Pachyveria cultivars are some of the most sought-after succulent species out there, and it’s not hard to see why. 

With their petite size (2-6″), unique rosette structure, and thick bluish-green leaves with red and purple accents, these succulents are adorable. 

Now let’s have a look at seven common, most beloved Pachyveria cultivars:

WARNING: Heart-stopping, mind-numbing, levels of cute ahead. If you’re allergic to sweet, tiny, little succulents no bigger than your thumb, we suggest turning back now.

1. Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’

pachyveria powder puff
Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’ @Pinterest

One of the most appealing succulents we have ever come across, the Pachyveria’ Powder Puff’ also goes by Kobayashi or Exotica’s name. 

This ‘Powder Puff’ beauty comes highly recommended. Flaunting its marvelous silver-blue leaves with violet and purple highlights, it is a stunning specimen.

2. Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’

pachyveria little jewel
Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’ @Pinterest

This tiny succulent has thick spike-shaped leaves in a silver-blue colorway with a hint of red towards the tip of each leaf. 

3. Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’

pachyveria scheideckeri
Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’ @Pinterest

Another favorite among succulent enthusiasts and professional landscapers alike, the Scheideckeri – just like its peers – rocks silver bluish-greenish leaves coated in a kind of waxy, silvery powder called farina. 

4. Pachyveria ‘Bea’

pachyveria bea
Pachyveria ‘Bea’ @Pinterest

Similar to other Pachyveria cultivars, the Pachyveria’ Bea’ has bluish-gray leaves with a faint red/pink tint at the tips. The leaves on the ‘Bea,’ however, are long and taper towards the end, giving the leaf a sort of pointy look. 

5. Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’

pachyveria myrtilla
Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’ @Pinterest

Also known as Pachyphytum’ Violescens’ in certain regions, this cultivar inherits its flat, spoon-shaped leaves from its Echeveria parent succulent. 

Nevertheless, its unique leaves are a predominantly red color with green and purple hues seeping out at random intervals. 

6. Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ 

pachyveria clavata
Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ @Pinterest

Its flattened elongated leaves share a similar color scheme with its cultivar peers, namely silvery green/blue with pinkish-red accents. 

Nevertheless, this cultivar stands out due to its height – in summer, Pachyveria’ Clavata’ shoots out a 10-inch high stem upon which its cluster of red/pink flowers blooms.

7. Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’

pachiveria clavifolia
Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

Also known as the Jeweled Crown, the Pachiveria’ Clavifolia’ is an absolute cutie pie. This petite cultivar flaunts thick, fleshy, compact leaves with a silvery green color scheme. 

Each leaf has an almost imperceptible point that takes on a reddish-pink hue when grown in full sunlight. 

Caring for Pachyveria

Growing hybrids is the same as growing any other succulent. 

Meet their basic requirements, and you’ll soon find yourself with a bunch of healthy, pretty green little guys. 

#1. Soil

Like its succulent siblings, Pachyveria will appreciate a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties. 

Moreover, we recommend pre-mixed porous cactus soil for the best results. Ask for cactus/succulent soil mix at your nearest gardening store. 

Suppose you prefer a more DIY, hands-on approach. In that case, you can make your soil-mix from the comfort of your home with readily available ingredients as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home: 

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

#2. Light & Temperature

Pachyveria loves sunlight and will grow well in sunny areas such as patios, window sills, and the like.

If you place your succulents in direct sunlight during hot summer days, remember to move them into the partial shade to protect the plant system from overheating. A daily 6 hours of direct sunlight will be enough to keep your Pachyveria healthy and robust.

Higher than necessary temperatures will result in a soft and stretched succulent, which isn’t a beautiful sight. 

Don’t leave Pachyveria outside during the winter season. Instead, opt to bring it indoors and place it under grow lamps as a substitute for sunlight. 

#3. Watering

Similar to any other succulent, a foolproof way to know if you should water your Pachyveria is by taking a pinch of soil and feeling it. If the ground feels dry for the touch, you have the green light to proceed and water your succulents.

Avoid pouring water on the plant’s leaves. Instead, try to aim directly for the ground. 

Thus, excess water on the Pachyveria’s leaves will interfere with the appearance and production of farina – the waxy silvery powder that coats the leaves of Pachyveria and its cultivars.

Furthermore, remember that over-watering your succulent is a huge no-no. Succulents are hardy plants, and you do not need to water them every day. 

Daily watering is a mistake beginners make, and it only serves to get your succulent afflicted with the dreaded root rot.

Learn more about root-rot: What is root-rot? How to fix it.

#4. Choosing Pots

You are free to choose any kind of planter for your Pachyveria; steel, plastic, or our favorite, terracotta. 

No matter what planter you use, one basic rule applies – ensure your pot has a drainage hole drilled into the bottom. 

The drainage hole will give the stagnant water a way to escape and run off instead of sitting in your planter and rotting your Pachyveria’s roots. 

As we mentioned earlier, succulents do not tolerate overwatering or excess water of any kind. 

Learn how to choose the best pot for your succulents: Choosing suitable pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City  

Pests and Diseases

Among the common pests to watch out for on your Pachyveria are aphids, scale insects, spider mites, and white butterflies. You may expect pests to breakout usually during summer, but pests are also generally manageable.

To remove these pests, wash your plant with water, or you may also opt to pick the pests manually using your bare hands.

If pest outbreaks are becoming unmanageable, you may apply pesticides to your Pachyveria. Make sure that you only spray on the infected area of your plant. Use pesticides with precautions as too much exposure may damage your plant. Apply pesticides once a week for two weeks and observe for any result.

In some instances, pests might hide on the soil as well, so removing some or changing the soil is advisable to prevent pests.

Regarding diseases, ensure that your Pachyveria is placed in a location with proper humidity and temperature to avoid any soil bacteria. This is crucial to avoid diseases such as fatal black rot, sooty mold, and powdery mildew.

To manage any further damage from diseases, you may cut off the diseased part of your plant and apply sulfur powder to the wound.

Propagating Pachyveria

Propagating Pachyveria Ny Steam/Leaf Cuttings

Pachyveria and its cultivars propagate via stem and leaf cuttings, though the stem cuttings tend to give faster results.

Give stem cuttings a few days to dry before putting the cut in a planter full of cactus soil mix. Keep the planter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and let it sit for a few days. If everything goes well, the cuttings should begin sprouting roots after the 3rd day.

If you cannot get stem cuttings, you can use leaf cuttings and still get the same results, albeit it will take longer. We recommend the use of leaf cuttings if you plan on growing a large number of plants.

Spread a layer of moist soil on a flat surface – a tray should work. Line your leaf cuttings on the moist soil and place the tray in a dry corner away from direct sunlight. Within a week, you should notice the leaves forming roots out of the calloused ends.

Propagating Pachyveria By Seeds

It is possible to propagate your Pachyveria by seeds. However, keep in mind that this is not an easy process.

Collect the seeds of your Pachyveria from your existing plant, or you may also try to purchase it from your local garden center.

Sow your seeds in moist and well-draining soil. Wait for a few weeks to let your Pachyveria seedlings sprout.

Keep in mind to keep your soil moist but not super wet. Patience is crucial if you choose this propagation method.

Propagating Pachyveria By Offsets

Propagation through offsets is the easiest and quickest way to propagate your Pachyveria. To do this, remove the offsets from the mother plant. Offsets are smaller versions of your plants around the base.

Usually, offsets are easy to remove and won’t damage the mother plant. If you use your bare hands, hold the offsets around the base to avoid damage to the roots. You may also opt to use a clean, sharp knife.

After removing the offsets, let them dry for a few days to allow them to become callous. This step is crucial to avoid fungus infection or bacteria.

As you can no doubt tell, it’s a pretty simple, straightforward process.

So what are you waiting for?

Get out there, plant something, and get your hands dirty!

Final Words

All in all, after reading this entire article, we hope that you are now excited about your next plant baby. Specifically, we hope that you may consider Pachyveria as your next plant. This unique and attractive hybrid succulent adds some colors and personality to your dish or rock gardens. With proper sunlight, temperature, soil, and watering schedule, it is no doubt your Pachyveria will thrive. A variety of ways to propagate your Pachyveria is also feasible. Like all plants, patience is crucial to let your succulent grow fully. We hope you continue to get curious about the variety of plants available

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