Caring Echeveria Plants In Your Garden
Echeveria is one of the largest genera of drought-resistant plants in the Crassulaceae family, consisting of over 150 recognized species. These perennial plants are tiny, rarely growing more than a few inches tall and slowly expanding across the soil to form small patches. They come in a rosette shape and reproduce themselves by way of little offsets – miniature versions of the mother plant – that emerge on all sides. Tiny little blossoms appear in summer, which resemble asters. Their exotic form is best viewed close up, such as in a rock garden or planter. The most important part of good Echeveria care is watering. The biggest issue with the succulents is overwatering. Provide moderate amounts of water in the hot, dry season. Let the soil dry out completely before you irrigate again. Potted plants should not be left in a wet saucer. Soft rots and root rot issues occur when the plant is too wet. The only other issue of concern is the mealybug.
Their feeding behavior can seriously minimize the plants vigor. Situate the plants in full sun and mulch around them with gravel or sand to help prevent weeds and conserve moisture. Protect the plants from freezing temperatures and store potted plants indoors in winter. The plants do not need pruning, but you may pinch off damaged or errant growth as needed.