Growing Echeveria can be super rewarding if you follow a few basic principals and rules. They are not very demanding succulents but reward your care efforts with spectacular blooms.
The majority are semi-desert to subtropical plants that grow at higher altitudes off cliffs and on rock faces where extreme weather conditions ebb and flow. Good drainage and ventilation are essential to replicate their natural habitat. And since they are so well equipped to handle drought, if you forget to water them for six months they won't die on you.
Here are some quick tips to help get you started:
- Water these plants based on the seasons. Spring begins the growing period. Increase water through spring and into summer. Dormancy takes place in autumn and winter, water once a month to every six weeks.
- The most common death: root rot. Avoid waterlogged soil as it leads to root rot. They can also handle any cold snaps if the roots are dry. Some species can live through frosts if they are completely dry.
- Less is more. If you're not sure if it's time to water, skip it. Echeveria will die much quicker from over watering than under watering.
- Echeveria love the sun! Over winter and summer keep it bright, but avoid that hot burning western sun which can fry them.
Read our more about how to care for Echeveria here.