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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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! 

Echeveria Imbricata

You need skills to grow healthy, attractive echeveria. Some knowledge of the plant’s story gives you something to say in a conversation about it.

Blue rose is one of the most common variety of echeveria. It is due to this variant’s popularity that succulent aficionados adopted the name for the entire species. Echeveria is also referred to as “hen and chicks.” 

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This exotic plant is a native of Central and South America, but it grows indoors and outdoors worldwide.

Physical Attributes

Echeveria imbricata is characterized by its flat leaves in its early stages, but as the plant develops further, the leaves band to form rosettes. Its surface typically has a blueish-gray-powdery look.

The plant can grow as big as eight inches in diameter, and its rosettes can offset to form clumps with a height of up to six inches. Blue rose produces flowers in the spring or early summer. They bloom annually. 

Each plant produces flowers that are carried by shoots from the rosette. The flowers are orange-red. They come in clusters, and they are small bell-shaped, and unscented.

Blue echeveria is non-toxic, and it isn’t prickly, which makes it safe to have even in a house where there are children and pets.

Husbandry

Sunlight and Temperature 

The blue rose needs sunlight to grow and maintain its beautiful appearance. If the light isn’t enough, the plant tries to make the most of what is available by growing longer stems between its leaves. This growth pattern causes your echeveria to lose its compactness which is a crucial aspect of its attraction.

You should bring the plants to the windows to enjoy the morning sun, which is the best for them. Although morning sun is recommended, the plant is hardy enough to endure the hot afternoon sun. The waxy coating on leaves prevents excessive transpiration when the plant is exposed to the hot sun.

 It is advisable to acclimatize a plant before moving it from indoors to outdoors. Sudden exposure may lead to sunburns that adversely affect the health of the plant. You can acclimatize the plant by controlling its exposure to the sun for the first few days of the transfer. In the unfortunate event that your succulents have been sunburned, you can revive them by beheading and then allowing their stems to sprout new leaves.

The plant has different varieties that do well in a wide range of temperatures. Some thrive in a warm climate with a difference of up to ten degrees between day and night temperatures. Echeveria can also survive outdoors in winters of four to six degrees Celsius.

Your plant will survive and do well in different seasons on average, but it is not particularly cold-hardy. It is advisable to keep your echeveria indoors if temperatures in your location go below -1 degrees Celsius (300 Fahrenheit)

Soil and Watering 

Echeveria’s roots and stem rot if the soil is waterlogged. On the other hand, you need to water the plant regularly for it to do well. The ground on which you grow the plant needs to be easy to drain to balance the need for water and root and stem vulnerability. 

You can use a commercial mix with extra aggregate for potting as the mixture enhances drainage. A peat-based commercial mix is especially preferable. 

How much water you give echeveria depends on the temperature of the day. The plant will need more water in summer and less of it in cool and rainy seasons. 

Avoid using tap water because it may contain some minerals and chemicals that can keep the leaves from forming as they should naturally. You should also avoid highly alkaline water altogether as it kills echeveria. The easiest way to ensure your water is safe is to use harvested rainwater.

 Newly potted plants require more water, but the need reduces as the plants become more established. Be careful to put water directly into the soil. You risk exposing the plant to fungal rot if water is trapped in the rosettes.

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Grooming 

Imbricata isn’t labor-intensive because almost everything in it has aesthetic value. Its grooming regime comprises removing the shriveled leaves at the bottom of the stem to make room for fresh ones to sprout.

The plant is disease-free, but it can be attacked by aphids, mealybugs, and vine weevils. People use various methods to control these bugs. One of them is spraying the plants with a mixture of water and insecticidal soap, and the other is spraying rosettes with plain water under high pressure.

These two methods can have adverse effects on your plants.

Soap degrades the bloom, which is the waxy protective coating on the plant. Its degradation causes echeveria to suffer excessive transpiration. Spraying water on the leaves, on the other hand, may cause water to be trapped in the rosettes. This trapped water causes fungal rot, which may end up killing your plant.

With this in mind, the safest course of action is to keep the bugs away from echeveria. Or to dub the rosettes with neem insecticide if you notice an infestation.

Propagation 

Echeveria is usually propagated using cuttings of leaves, stems, or offsets. Offsets are the easiest to reproduce, but they are the hardest to obtain since they grow underground – you need to uproot the entire plant to get these underground suckers. 

The following is how you do it.

– Water the mother plants soil a day before you are set to harvest offsets.

– Remove the mother plant from the ground carefully so as not to damage the offsets.

– Search the portion of the main stem beneath the soil for offsets.

– Cut the offsets at the base using a sharp tool.

– Leave the offsets for a few days for them to dry.

– Put together fresh potting soil and sand and place the offset in it.

Like offsets, you should allow stems and leaves a few days to dry before planting them.

Please note that you can re-pot the mother plant after harvesting the offsets. The plant continues almost without missing a beat if you re-pot it well. 

In conclusion 

Echeveria combines well with other succulents such as agave and sempervivum. It is safe to have in the house as it is neither prickly nor poisonous, and its husbandry is pretty simple owing to its resistance to diseases.

Echeveria runyonii

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Echeveria runyonii Succulent

The world of succulents brings with it all sorts of small beauties in pots. Succulents are easy to grow, easy to care for, and can improve your home aesthetic. They come in a range of colors. This variation makes them prime candidates for simple yet environmentally-friendly house décor. Speaking of succulent beauty, the Echeveria Runyonii species is unique succulent gaining popularity. This fast grower has unique features that make it a great Echeveria genus species to have indoors.

Here, we break down how to identity, grow and care for this pale little succulent.

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What is it?

Echeveria Runyonii, also known as topsy turvy or silver spoons, is a pale-green succulent found in Mexico. This evergreen succulent produces big mounds of pale blue or white-blue leaves that can grow up to 10 cm tall. The color of the leaves can sometimes get a hint of pink. However, the whitish hue features in all variations of Echeveria runyonii.

This plant is unique in how its leaves grow. Some varieties have leaves that extend outward and then fold downwards, making it look like a blooming rose petal. However, others grow outwards, and then the sharp top end starts to curves inwards, forming a beautiful pattern. The curvature seen in these leaves has led to the Echeveria runyonii getting different names, such as Texas Rose and Lucida. Topsy Turvy is a California-bred mutation that has become one of the most popular cultivars.

How to propagate?

The best method to propagate Echeveria Runyonii is through leaf cuttings. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut a leaf from the plant and place it in a new pot away from the main plant. Use this process to propagate it successfully.

You will need a big pot. The pot should be bigger than the root ball of the plant. A big pot is essential to make sure any water poured in the pot is well distributed and doesn’t dampen the soil. You can get ready-made potting mix in plant stores. A standard potting mix comprises loose dirt, gravel, and sand similar to what is found in Mexico’s dry parts.

Cover the leaf-cutting with a thin layer of the potting mix. Since it is a fast grower, you should see growth in a few weeks.

You can report Echeveria Runyonii after every year during spring. Repotting helps you to check the health status of the root and to increase the plant’s lifespan. Keep the plant in a sunny area to dry out the soil days before you report. Clean the roots and place the plant in its new home. Echeveria Runyonii, like other succulents, loves sunlight. Sunlight is a crucial factor in the direction the leaves grow.

Do you need to fertilize?

Echeveria runyonii is a native of a dry area with nutrient-deficient soil.  Fertilizer isn’t an absolute necessity. However, using some fertilizer boosts the leaves beauty and promotes growth in an indoor setting. A monthly spritz with fertilizer diluted in water will work fine. However, reduce or cut off the fertilization in the colder months.

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Keeping your Echereveria runyonii hydrated

Succulents are vulnerable to root rot. However, you won’t have to worry about root rot if you water the plant carefully. Initially, water it twice a week. Water the plant sparingly. This is only to ensure that it blooms well. Still, it is adapted to dry conditions, so twice a week is by choice. As it matures, limit watering to light watering once every month.

During the colder months, you can slow down on watering. Indoor humidity won’t be an issue for the plant. Only water the plant lightly once you notice the soil has gone dry during the cold months. You can also wait for the plant to use the stored water in the leaves.

The first sign of too much watering is the yellowing of the leaves. The leaves could turn yellow or begin wilting. Since sunlight is scarce during cold months, you might also notice the leaves falling outward towards the edge of the pot. Prune wilting leaves starting from below, making sure it’s not a water or sunlight problem.

Mind the heat

Echeveria runyonii loves the heat. It thrives in heat. It would do excellent in stable hot weather all year round. However, expect to see tender leaves when temperatures fall. The cold season would be a great time to bring your Echereveria runyonii indoors. Make sure you keep it in a well-lit area. What it lacks in heat, it will grow towards the light.

Still, too much heat isn’t ideal for Echereveria runyonii. It does well outside in temperatures between 17-27°C. Keep an internal temperature in this range indoors and see the plant survive cold seasons.

Extreme heat will damage your plant. The best thing to do to sunburned leaves is to remove them. You can keep the untouched leaves. The best option would be growing another Echeveria runyonii.

How does Echeveria Runyonii react to light?

Naturally, succulent grows in clusters. When it doesn’t get enough light, it will look for light and extend upward. This upward growth messes with its natural leaf shape. The leaves grow long and become weak. They also lose their color.

To avoid such scenarios while growing this succulent indoors, make sure you put it in an area with sufficient light. If a part of the area isn’t covered, turn the plant periodically for uniform growth. Direct sunlight might put the plant under stress. The shade is excellent for Echeveria Runyonii.

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What pests are likely to attack Echeveria Runyonii?

Mealybugs can be a nightmare for your plant. You also have to watch out for aphids and vine weevils. Keep an eye for these pests, especially in the early development stages of the plant. Reduce the possibility of pest attacks by keeping the plant free of dead leaves. If you live in an area with hummingbirds, they can also be a great help. Echeveria runyonii attracts hummingbirds, which might feed on the bugs on the plant.

Apply fungicide to be safe when you repot or transplant.

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Conclusion

Echeveria Runyonii is one of many colorful Echeveria succulents. They form a bright lineup when they are kept alongside other Echeveria succulents. This plant also looks great in a terrarium.

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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Occurrence

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 favorable 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 a short estem, 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. 

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