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Fan Flower – Echeveria – Time Line Photos

The flowering of this echeveria is a sight to behold.  This drought tolerant echeveria has the most spectacular flowers that last for weeks.

How To Grow Echeveria

Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure to check out my tips for how to care for succulents.

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 in Flower

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.

Echeveria timeline for floweringThe 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.

Echeveria getting ready to flower

Diamond says “it won’t be long now.  I’m like a kid in a toy store….thanks for being excited with me…hugs.”

Echeveria in bloomSoon soon soon.♥   Diamond says this is a part of the Sedum Echeveia family

Another view of the echeveria flowerAnother view from August 30th.

Echeveria in flower♥ times 100!

Final display of echeveria flowerThis 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.

Another echeveria with really dramatic flowers is called “Neon Breakers.) The stems of the flowers can grow to two feet long. See my tips for growing Echeveria Neon Breakers here.

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Donna Bradford

Thursday 12th of September 2013

Where can I get these or can I get a start from someone? I'm out in the country, lots of miles from the nearest store where I might find these.


Thursday 12th of September 2013

Hi Donna,

Here is Raleigh, Lowe's and Home depot both carry them. They are available online from many places. I can't vouch for them since I have not purchased here, but this place has a big range of them.


Bessie Stephens

Monday 9th of September 2013

Is there a trick to getting them to bloom like a Christmas cactus? What time of year do they bloom? Mine is outside with little or no sun. Will it bloom anyway? Ty.

Rhea Graham

Friday 6th of December 2019

Mom puts hers outside in filtered sun for the summer then brings it in mid September or so and it is covered in bloom for Halloween. Cactus like to be fertilized and will bloom if fed usually. (Learned that from people in Arizona). Don't overfeed them, use a liquid and not too much of it.


Monday 9th of September 2013

this was a project that one of the readers of my facebook page did and shared with me. It is flowering now (september).

My experience with both cacti and succulents is that it is really hit or miss whether they flower and they have to have JUST the right conditions or you won't get them to do so.

Little or no sun is your problem though. Cacti and succulents are desert plants by nature and need a lot of sun to do well. Very unlikely to flower without it.


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