Echeveria Neon Breakers is a Renee O’Donnell hybrid of the succulent Pink Frills crossed with an unknown parent.
It is a drought tolerant succulent with green leaves that have pretty pink frilly edges and deep margins.
Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow, easy to repot, and make fantastic houseplants. Be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents.
Where to purchase Echeveria Neon Breaker
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Check the garden center of both Lowe’s and Home Depot. I found my plant at a small local garden center. The Farmer’s market is also a great place to purchase succulents. The plant is also available online:
- Echeveria Neon Breaker at Mountain Crest Gardens. (my favorite supplier of succulents, online.
- Echeveria Neon Breaker on Etsy
- Echeveria Neon Breaker at Altman Plants
If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to avoid and where to find succulent plants for sale.This pretty succulent is very popular for many reasons. It has highly colored leaf margins, especially when the plant gets ample sunlight.
It is also more resistant to pests that the normal echeveria and it a fast grower. Another popular feature of echeveria neon breaker is that it is a continuous grower with no apparent dormant season when grown outdoors in hotter zones or as a house plant.
Plant Name and Family
- Family: Crassulaceae
- Genus: Echeveria
- Cultivar: ‘Neon Breakers’
Tips for Growing Echeveria Neon Breakers
Echeveria Neon Breakers is drought tolerant once established. Water thoroughly and then allow to try out to the touch before you water again.
The plant will benefit from a bit of extra watering in the hottest weather to prevent the leaves from shriveling.
This succulent needs very bright light to keep the colorful leaf margins. In lower light situations etoliation will happen (stretching of a plant towards this light)
This is characterized by very long stems that are weak and have small leaves. The color will also weaken.
The plant does best with morning sun with some protection from the hot afternoon sun.
The color of the leaf margins are the brightest if you can find a spot where the plant gets continuous bright light during the day. My plant shows narrow leaf margins.
Mature plants that get just the right amount of sunlight develop very deep leaf margins. However, too much direct sunlight in very hot climates will cause the leaves to burn and scar.
This image was taken at the Pasadena Botanical Garden’s entry. It shows the magnificence of the colors but also is a good example of too much sunlight causing damage.
In their natural habitat, Echeverias often grow on the sides of mountains in rocky areas at higher altitudes. In this type of habitat, the water will quickly drain away from the roots of the plant, so that it never gets waterlogged.
Well draining soil is a must with this succulent. It definitely does not like wet feet.
Choose a porous succulent potting mix which will allow for quick draining of water. (affiliate link)
The plant has pink and magenta flowers but mine has not flowered yet, so I don’t have a photo from my plant. The plant blooms in late summer and early fall.
This photo was kindly shared by Kathy Smith on Instagram (@justkathyslife). Kathy said the flowers were on a two FOOT stalk with the blooms cascading off the end. I can’t wait for mine to flower. I’m so jealous!
Thank you so much for sharing this Kathy!
Here is another example of the plant in full flower. This one is again from the Pasadena Botanical Gardens.
The leaves of Echeveria Neon Breaker form rosettes. They have waxy, crinkled edges with pale blue green centers and bright pink margins.
The plant can form a rosette up to 8 inches in diameter and will grow to about 5 inches tall in the right conditions.
The outer leaves of the succulent are larger and longer than the inner leaves which leads to a pretty rosette shape.
The center of the rosette has the most curly petals and very bright margins. As the mature leaves age, they discolor slightly. Clean up the plant by removing old leaves.
This succulent is a tender perennial, which means that it will only over winter in the warmer zones. It must be protected from frost which can easily cause scarring of the leaves.
Heavy frost will kill the plant so it is better grown as an indoor plant in colder zones. Also be sure to check out my list of cold hardy succulent plants for other varieties to grow in colder zones.
Echeveria Neon Breaker looks lovely in rock gardens if you live in the warmer hardiness zones. It makes a great patio plant and looks pretty in dish gardens and open terrariums.
It is small and can be planted in all sorts of containers from clay pots to small watering cans and tea cups.
(See more succulent planter ideas here.) This succulent will attract hummingbirds. The large rosettes of Echeveria Neon Breaker are also ideal for bridal bouquets.
When the plant becomes root bound, repot in a pot that is 1/3 size larger. Remove the dead leaves around the edges to prevent pest and diseases.
If you re-pot immediately after purchasing the plant to get a same size but prettier container, be sure to inspect the plant carefully.
Often nursery plants will have pests that can infect other plants in your collection.
This plant is patented. Some retail labels on Echeveria Neon Breaker pots state that propagation is prohibited. Strictly speaking, this means that the only way to propagate it would be through natural pollination.
The plant will not come true from seed if it is a hybrid.
However, this stipulation seems a bit odd to me, since natural propagation can occur when the plant drops its leaves and they root in the nearby soil. Removing old leaves would be the only way to make sure that you never propagate this succulent.
Does this stipulation mean that you can’t propagate the leaves for personal use? I’ll leave that up to you. Does this mean that you can’t SELL the plants you grow from leaf propagation or the babies that develop.
Yes, absolutely, this is prohibited. My guess is that the echeveria police won’t invade your home and send you to jail if you root a few leaves. 😉
That being said, the plant roots easily from leaves and will also send out offsets that form clumps which can be re-potted. This succulent is an original hybrid of Altman Plants who have it for sale at the moment.
Echeveria Neon Breakers is a tolerant plant that is easy to care for. It’s brilliant colors will brightens your garden both indoors and out.
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Friday 7th of February 2020
My rare Echeveria in it’s clay pot has done great for four months. It’s outdoors where it gets a couple hours morning sun than bright shade the remainder of the day. All of a sudden the leaves that use to be slightly turned up is now flattening out. What’s wrong with it?
Sunday 9th of February 2020
This can be a sign on root rot from too much watering. You could inspect the roots to see if there is a problem.
Friday 27th of September 2019
love this Echeverias
Wednesday 28th of November 2018
First time to grow an Echeveria plant. It had 2 tall stems that bloomed and later 2 more. It was beautiful, But I don’t know what to do from here. I have it in the garage for the winter at about 45 degrees. Do I leave the tall stems or cut them back? It seems to be wintering well and I give it a little drink occasionally. Is the right thing to do? Any advice is welcome.
Wednesday 28th of November 2018
Once the flowers die, but back the stalk. It will send out a new one next year if it overwinters well. 45 might be pushing it just a bit. Many echeverias don't like to go below 50 degrees, but in a garage, it might be okay. Watering lightly is perfect. Carol
Tuesday 20th of March 2018
Two wks ago I transplanted my neon breaker from garden to a shallow pot to prepare it for show, but now the leaves are looking limp. I kept the root ball in tact and added mix with sand around it. It was damp so haven't watered and the container has a drain hole. What can be done to perk it up, is it in shock? Margie
Tuesday 20th of March 2018
Hi Margie. Transplant shock is common when moving from one container to another or from outdoors to a pot. It is normal since you have disturbed the roots.
Outdoors the plant would have gotten a lot of light and indoors, this can be a problem, particularly with succulents. Even those in south facing windows don't do as well for me in the winter. I'd let it get almost dry about an inch down before I try to water. A specially formulated cacti succulent soil might have been better than normal soil but I wouldn't do this until the plant has perked back up.
There is a product called Miracle Grow quick Start which is reported to help with transplant shock. It is an nutrient additive that encourages root growth for a plant when it is being moved to a new container. I have not tried it so I can't vouch for it and I suspect it is better suited to flowering plants than succulents. Might be worth a try if all else fails.
It might be just a matter of time for it to get used to the new container and light conditions. Carol