Echeveria agavoides Frank Reinelt - Succulent Care
How to care for Echeveria agavoides ‘Frank Reinelt’
Named for the man who crossbred Echeveria agavoides ‘Prolifera’ and E. colorata back in the 80s, E. agavoides ‘Frank Reinelt’ has the classically waxy leaves of the agavoides. This rosette-forming succulent isn’t just beautiful in shape, when you look close enough, the striking red colour is iridescent. Ideal conditions are required for Frank Reinelt to shine its brightest, but the natural ebb and flow of colours through the seasons is a beautiful journey to be on. The fresh green of new growth begins to take over the leaves of the plant in spring in a slow transition from red, to orange, to green. In summer and winter, Frank Reinelt’s colours are the most exciting. Classic Echeveria bell-shaped flowers in medium pink and soft yellow hang from delicately branching stems. This is a top choice for lovers of red Echeveria!
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LIGHT: For the most intense colours, give Frank Reinelt as much sun as it can take. Anywhere from semi shade to full sun will work, but you may experiment with light to get the best colours. As long as the plant is not suffering from sunburn, it isn’t getting too much light.
WATER: Allow soil to dry out between watering during the warm growing season. Reduce water during cooler dormant months (autumn and winter) by allowing the soil to remain dry for longer periods (5–8 weeks). Less water results in less growth but colours are more intense.
SOIL: Use a well-draining gravelly mix.
PLANTING: For vibrant colours, outdoors often provides a better combination of temperature and sun than glasshouses. Frank Reinelt is suited to 20 cm pots, and up to 30 cm as it grows. Arrangements and gardens also work well.
FERTILISER: You may use a small amount of fertiliser in spring, but too much food can jumpstart the growth of the plant and the bright red colour can fade.
BLOOMING: Tall flower stems sprout from the sides of the rosette, with branching stems at the ends. This is where the pink, bell-shaped blooms hang. The inside of the flowers are yellow. Blooms form in autumn.
DORMANCY: Echeveria are dormant during winter months when water should be heavily reduced. Frank Reinelt is a hardy Echeveria and can take brief frosts down to -3.9° C, but can not withstand it for extended periods.
PROPAGATION: Echeveria are easy succulents to propagate via leaf. They can also grow pups around the stem as the plant ages. You can separate and root these offshoots in their own pots.