Echeveria in Flower
I often ask the fans of The Gardening Cook on Facebook to share their gardening photos. One fan who has often shared with us, Diamond Victoria, has a delightful echeveria about to flower and has shared some photos showing the time line as the flowers are growing.
Echeveria is a succulent. It requires similar care to most cacti and succulent varieties. Follow these tips:
- Light. Succulents like a lot of sunlight. Place them in a sunny window if you grow them inside. Outdoors they can take full sun for much of the day.
- Drainage. Be sure the soil drains well. A succulent mix is recommended. Succulents do not like wet feet and will rot if the soil is too moist.
- Watering Needs. Water during the spring and summer during the growing season, letting the soil dry out slightly between watering. During the fall and winter, water very sparingly.
- Propagation. Most echeveria can be rooted very easily from leaf cuttings. To do this, just place an individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover until the new plant sprouts.
- Potential problems. Try to keep water off the rosettes as this can cause rot. Also remove dead growth from the bottom of the plant as this can harbor pest if not cleaned out.
- Re-potting. Re-pot, if needed, in the spring. Do so when the soil is fairly dry. If you notice any dead or rotting roots, remove these. Leave the re-potted plant a bit dry for a few weeks and then resume normal watering schedule.
The above photo is a collage of the timeline for the flowers that I made to showcase the wonderful display. Diamond has been very excited to watch it unfold and I am joining her in the excitement each step of the way. The flowers are just stunning.
Diamond says “it won’t be long now. I’m like a kid in a toy store….thanks for being excited with me…hugs.”
This is the final photo. Diamond says “I think she has gone as far as she will … flowers are now starting to whither . If she does do anything else special I’ll certainly post it here…thanks again for sharing my excitement in this!”
And thank you, Diamond for sharing such a special time line of photos of this delightful Echeveria.