Echeveria Afterglow

Introduction

Taking good care of plants is one of the simple joys of life. Aside from the beauty, it brings to our home, it also aids in the self-care process of its owner. Ironic as it may sound, but taking good care of plants also benefited us. It allows the plant parent to have a sense of routine and responsibility. Am I watering my plant enough? Have I exposed them to enough sunlight? Some of us might even allow our plants to listen to music and might develop the habit of taking kindly to our plants.

Therefore all these plant care tips enhance and develop our ability to relate and have empathy. Having said that, it is no wonder why many of us are starting to love and appreciate plants again. Being a plant parent nowadays is very popular, people are going out into nature and re-discovering different plants. In this article, we’ll discuss another type of succulent that you might consider adding in your little plant collection. 

Origin and appearance

Echeveria Afterglow is a result of a hybrid of two (2) other type of echeveria succulents, which are Echeveria Cante (or also known as White Cloud Echeveria) and Echeveria Shaviana (or also known as the Mexican Hen). This hybrid experiment was said to be conducted by Don Worth, a professional photographer and succulent grower located in San Francisco. The origin of the echeveria plants can be traced from the mountainous region of northern Mexico and South America. 

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Echeveria Afterglow @Amazon

Physically, it is said that Echeveria Afterglow mimics a rose. It has a blue or lavender rosette with bright pink coloring around the edges of the leaves. During the summer season, orange-red colored flowers can bloom from its lower leaves. The bright edges of the flower gives it an ethereal look. The flower stalk must be removed as it may interfere on the growth of your Echeveria Afterglow. It can grow up to 24 inches or 61cm. It is also known as “Mexican Hen and Chicks” as it produces offset at the mother plant’s base.

Echeveria Afterglow is highly recognized for its beauty and amazing colors. It is something pleasing to the eyes and usually displayed for aesthetic purposes. Echeveria Afterglow was often placed in rock gardens or Mediterranean gardens and even in floral arrangements. 

Echeveria Plant Care Tips

Tip 1

In order for Echeveria Afterglow to bloom fully, it is recommended that it receives full sunlight to partial shade only. If planted outdoors, 6 hours of direct sunlight is advisable, and if indoor, better to place it by the window for it to have access to sunlight.

Tip 2

In terms of the water requirement, the best way to check when to water the plant is by checking the soil’s moisture. Touch the soil, see if it feels dry. You may also try poking a stick into the soil at around 2 inches deep to see if the soil is dry. Add water into the soil as needed. All plant parents must ensure that they are not overwatering Echeveria Afterglow as it may lead for the roots to rot.

Once the root starts to rot, it may develop fungus on the other parts of the plant. Observe any blackened part of the plant as it may be a sign of overwatering. In case you suspect that you are overwatering your plant, immediately restrict the frequency of watering and cut off the infected part of the plant using a garden shear. It is also best if you’ll just re-pot the said plant in order to ensure proper drainage. 

Tip 3

Like all succulent plants, drainage is very important. Every plant parent must ensure that the pot has a proper drainage hole, allowing the excess water to flow out. The pot must also be large enough to grow roots, as Echeveria Afterglow must grow freely without compromising the airflow.

Tip 4

In order to make sure that Echeveria Afterglow grows healthy, one must check the composition of the soil. It is advisable to add 50% to 70% mineral grit into the soil in order to improve drainage. During summer, using fertilizer is also encouraged. Dilute the fertilizer into the water in order to improve its strength. When the temperature starts to get cold, stop giving fertilizer to your Echeveria Afterglow. 

Tip 5

Unfortunately, Echeveria Afterglow tends to attract pests such as mealybugs and aphids. This type of pests drink the sap of the plant, which prevents them from getting enough nutrition and hydration. In order to avoid this scenario, it is always recommended to remove any dead leaves, and you may also wipe your plants, especially if any white cotton-like substances are starting to appear on them.  

Tip 6

Echeveria Afterglow thrives in heat and can actually tolerate drought if it is established. 

Propagation

According to plant enthusiasts, Echeveria Afterglow is very easy to propagate. It can be done in three (3) manners, propagation by offsets, stem cuttings, and leaves. The kinds of propagation just vary from which part of the plant you will use, but the steps are basically just the same. One must remove the offsets, stem, or leaves using a sharpened and sterilized garden shear. Allow the removed offset, stem, or leaves to harden and develop calluses by placing them in a dry and warm place. Once that calluses developed already, approximately after 2 – 3 days, you may now place the offset into a pot with well-drained soil. 

Another advantage of Echeveria Afterglow is that it is not toxic for cats and dogs. So for all plant parents and fur parents out there, this might be the perfect plant for you. Add Echeveria Afterglow into your garden without having to worry about your pets getting intoxicated. It will definitely leave you stress-free and allow you to dedicate more time to relaxing and admiring your plants and pets together. 

Conclusion

After reading through this article about Echeveria Afterglow, we hope that you found a new plant to love and nurture. Keep planting and giving back to nature!