Echeveria Purpusorum

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A rose by any other name. Indoor plants take on any shape and size. And with an uptick in indoor plants, more succulents find a home from dry open lands to people’s windowsills. The Echeveria Purpusorum is one succulent that you might find in a plant enthusiast’s home. 

The genus Echeverria is named after Atanasio Echeverria Codoy, an 18th-century botanist. However, the purpusorum species was discovered by Carl and George Purpus. Carl, a botanist and George, the explorer usually worked together.  

Like most succulents, Echeveria Purpusorum is short and thick-leaved plant. It is known in some circles as The Rose or Urbinia. Its moniker, the rose, comes from its leaves’ arrangement and pigmentation. A full-grown plant resembled a rose flower. This resemblance is reinforced by its red pigmentation along its leaves’ edges. 

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Echeveria Purpusorum is found in Southern Mexico. It thrives in dry, hot areas. You are likely to find it Oaxaca and Puebla. However, it can be regrown in favourable conditions. The best time to find this species in nature is around May and June. 

Echeveria Purpusorum is a slow grower. Its leaves grow up to 8cm in diameter at the widest area. It develops pointy leaves, and the whole plant grows into something that resembles the pattern of a fully bloomed rose flower. You might mistake it for having no stem. However, it has short esteem, reaching about 7cm in length and only 2 cm wide.

The leaves are different shades of green. You can get ones with green leaves with some grey on them, deep olive green, or white-green. In some instances, you will find ones that have irregular reddish spots on the leaves. Sunlight affects the color of the leaves. The leaves curve inwards in the middle, with sharp edges and a slight bulge on the underside. 

This species does well in dry conditions. See, it thrives in areas that have minimal rainfall. The chances of its surroundings getting waterlogged are slim to none. As such, it adapts well and can grow up to 8 cm tall in the wild. 

If you grow the plant in optimum conditions, you get excellent payout when it flowers from the stem. Its flowers are a vibrant red-orange when they’re young. However, they age to a yellow hue. The flowers’ color, like most succulents, depends on the level and intensity of the plants’ exposure to the sun. 

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Propagating Echeveria Purpusorum

This species is a slow grower. Seed propagation is not the best way to propagate it. It would be better if you propagated it from offsets. Propagating from the mother plant requires that the mother plant has produced offsets. Typically, this is a characteristic of an aged plant. 

Cut the offset from the main plant with a sharp, sterile blade and wait for it to callous. Place it in well-draining soil with just enough water. Monitor the soil and note when it dries out. Water the soil once it’s dry. 

If you prefer to grow it in nature, grow it in dry areas during the warmer months. Ideally, you’d want to do this using seed. It will take a long time since it’s a slow grower. However, follow this method for the best results. 

Make sure you get seed from verified sources. Most grower stores sell pure seed. However, you can use hybrids if you want to grow hybrids. 

Make sure the soil in the area you grow the seed in is wee-drained and suited for the species. Don’t cover the seed after you put it in the soil. This is to help it sprout. The soil needs to have a pH slightly above 6.0. The species does well in acidic conditions. 

Cover the area with a humidity dome or a plastic cover to retain some moisture that might evaporate from the ground. It’s crucial not to expose the seed to direct sunlight. However, make sure the area is well lit. Shade works well. You should see some progress in about 4 weeks. Water the area again.

Fertilize during the summer and spring. Mix three parts of water with one part of fertilizer. However, stop fertilizing around the dormancy period. 

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Is it susceptible to pests?

Echeveria Purpusorum is attractive to aphids. They attack the plant and other flowering Echeveria species, exposing them to rot. The first sign of attack and deterioration is blackish spots on the leaves. At the onset of an infestation, cut the affected part and treat it with a mixture of fungicide and water. Leaves should not be covered in the liquid. The fungicide should work on the treated areas. Segregate the affected plants from the unaffected plants to minimize the damage. You can do this by removing the affected plants from the area or bug-proofing the unaffected plants. 

Quarantine new plants before introducing them in an area with older plants.

Other pests bound to attack your plant include mites, mealybugs, and gnats. 

Like most succulents, Echeveria Purpusorum is susceptible to cold. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold will kill the plant. They go into dormancy in the colder month. Protect them from the cold by moving into warm areas indoors. 

Is Echeveria Purpusorum poisonous?

This succulent plant is mostly harmless to humans and house pets. You are likely to see it at parties as cake decoration. It is not advisable to eat any part of the plant. Cat owners will love this species. Cats love to nibble on some plants. Echeveria Purpusorum is not lethal to cats. However, keep them at a safe distance to preserve them. 

Echeveria Purpusorum care

Echeveria Purpusorum requires little pruning. This usually happens as the plant ages. Some of the older leaves may start to change color and wilt. It is okay to cut these leaves. 

Indoor growing helps you to closely monitor problems that enhance plant life. Still, Echeveria Purpusorum is a hardy succulent. It can withstand most problems on its own. 

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Final word

Echeveria Purpusorum is a rare plant. Getting one would bring a dash of color into your home. It’s easy to cultivate and requires little maintenance. That should give you enough reason to bring this succulent into your home.