Echeveria species

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Echeveria elegans, E.imbricata and others

How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular succulent. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor succulents, check out our ‘Succulents Indoors’ factsheet.

Hens and Chickens or Hens and Chicks is a common name given to several succulents, this is just one of them. Many species of Sempervivums also have this common name. Their habit of producing babies (pups) which peep out from underneath the edge of the rosette gives them their common name.

More than most, succulents really reward the right choice of container. Choose a container that repeats the shape of the succulent, and contrasts or complements the colour, and you end up with the perfect arrangement. The dense clusters of rosettes of Echeveria spp look enchanting when congested and spilling over the edges of a shallow glazed or terracotta pot.

Water when the top of the potting mix had dried out in warmer months. In cooler months keep fairly dry, watering only every 4 to 6 weeks. Never allow water to collect in the rosette. Perfect drainage is essential, never leave the pot standing in water.

Very bright indirect light. Can take direct winter sun, but direct sun through a window in the warmer months can result in scorch.

Temperature and Humidity
Will take almost any heat, but try to keep above 10C. Likes a cool period over winter.

Apply slow release fertiliser at half strength in spring.

In warm months in the morning occasionally shower or mist heavily to remove any dust from the surface.
Repot only when really congested, they look better when full in the pot. Follow instructions in our ‘ Succulents Indoors’ factsheet.
Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.

Trouble free if not over watered and they get enough light!