Echeveria “Dark Vader”
Echeveria “Dark Vader”
This a Game Changer
An outstanding new variety, which has fantastic folded leaves which curve over enough to see the underside of the leaves. Its Echeveria Topsy Turvy Heritage is more extreme with its inward curve and more open. A lovely variation on the original.
With sun it goes quiet dark having slightly redder tips. This plant is very hardy heat and humidity tolerant. From its “Black Prince” heritage
I expect growth to be about 200mm wide for the average grower, if grown in a low nutrient with high light and infrequent watering, I expect it to grow smaller and more colourfully than the pictures depict. Which is about a 50% shade environment. About 12,000 to 15,000 lux
This Echeveria will benefit from a head cut every 18 months to 2 years. See below for technical and propagation details
More inclined to be a solitary head occasionally offsetting.
This new game changer is a must for the succulent lover, even if you have limited room and have to move on a couple of plants to fit them in. These new ones are sure to excite the collector and enthusiast as well.
After years of looking around succulent nurseries around the world, I was truly excited by the fresh new look these two fine echeveria gave me. I feel they are benchmark standard plants which many breeders would aspire to achieve as good as. These two plants I am sure will stand and be wanted for many years to come. And be a favourite for any succulent lover or collector.
There are so many Echeveria with fine or very little discernible difference from others like it. These two have a standout look, and I am sure will stand the test of time. The public will decide ultimately.
“Notes”. Head cuts refers to the larger Echeveria that can in time grow tall on one stem. After between one and 3 years they often can look a bit ungainly like a picked Brussel sprout plant. Growers are inclined not to let them get to tall and cut the head off let it dry for a week or three, sometimes until the new pink roots show. Then pant it back in a pot to grow again. Often the base or old stem is kept as new young side shoots appear which can be cut and grown as new young cuttings this is the old collectors way of propagating larger Echeveria, which can be well nigh impossible from leaf cuttings
Baby Echeveria “Dark Vader”( showing immature leaves )
Grown and bred in Taiwan by noteworthy breeder Volarth Chi.
These plants have been tested to Australian conditions they survived my ultra hot collection house over summer. No air conditioning used.They also survived the dipping into oil by AQIS who tried their best to kill my plants, and then survived the chilly cold damp shaded winter Quarantine house. They’re tough.!
These can tolerate low nutrient levels, or be grown like brussel sprouts with lots of feed and water So they are very tolerant.
They have survived the high humidity of Taiwan’s summer
They have great jeans of well known parents so are bred tough to survive.
We have shot them with the heat measuring gun, and then I lost it after 55.!!
The Lux reader got a working out as well checking the tolerances.
Succulents for Australia