How to Care for Your Echeveria
Echeverias are cool, popular succulents, well-loved for the rosette pattern their leaves will grow in. If you are looking to buy succulents, Echeverias are an excellent choice for beginners and experts alike. In our article “How to Care for Your Succulent”, we outlined some useful tips for general succulent care. In this article, we’ll show you some advice on how to care for Echeveria.
When learning how to take care of your Echeveria, you should pay attention to lighting: too much and the Echeveria will burn, too little and the Echeveria will wilt.
Echeveria plants prefer bright, but indirect sunlight. If you wish to move your Echeveria, you should do so gradually: place them in an area that receives morning sun for a few hours for a week before placing them in full sunlight. Afternoon sunlight will burn your Echeveria, particularly in the summer.
In the winter, place your Echeveria in a south or west-facing window.
Soil and Potting
Echeverias prefer coarse, sandy soil to grow in. A highly recommended potting mix for your Echeveria is a commercial potting mix (preferably for cacti), with 50% pumice or gravel.
When potting your Echeveria, you should pick a pot with a small hole at the bottom so that the water easily drains.
When learning how to care for Echeverias, one of the most important things you will learn is how to water them properly. “How to Water Your Succulent” should already give you the basics on this aspect of succulent care.
Echeverias come from the arid regions of Mexico and Central America, so they don’t need too much watering. In general, it’s best to water your Echeveria just enough to soak the roots: if they get too wet, the Echeveria may rot. In the spring and summer (their growing season), you should water your Echeveria once a week at the most; in fall and winter (their dormant season), you should only water them once a month.
Remember: NEVER soak the plant itself! This may cause it to rot! When watering your Echeveria, you should water the soil around the Echeveria, not the Echeveria itself.
You do not need to fertilize your Echeveria that often. If you want to give your Echeveria fertilizer, use slow-release fertilizer in the early spring, or liquid fertilizer that is diluted between 2-4 times once a month.
Congratulations on learning the basics about how to care for Echeverias. If you follow these basic tips on how to care for Echeverias carefully, you will have a beautiful Echeveria collection in no time. If you give them enough care and attention, you may even start to see them bloom!