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Should You Cut Echeveria Flowers?

Here and in my new video, "Should You Cut Echeveria Flowers?" I explain why you should snip echeveria bloom stalks, and how you and your plants both benefit.

Debra with cut echeveria flower

You may not think of succulents as a source of cut flowers for floral arrangements, but succulent flowers are actually better than thin-petalled lovelies like roses. Because they're succulent, they hold moisture, and they last a LONG time---sometimes weeks, depending on the variety.

And for us plant people, there's an even better reason to remove succulent flowers: Thick stalks and large blooms can exhaust small rosettes. Popular Echeveria‘Afterglow’, for example, ends up sad and droopy, as though it had a difficult pregnancy.

For nurseries it's a trade-off: Although echeverias in bloom may sell better, it's better in the long run to remove the flowers. That keeps its growth and energy in the plant.

Echeveria 'Fireball'

Echeveria flower stalks stretch the plants toward maximum sun exposure.

Then there's the light factor: Buds crave sun.They'll lean horizontally to get it, spoiling what we love most about rosette succulents: their symmetry.

Save some stripped-off leaves. They're rarin' to go. Tuck a few plump ones back in the pot under the parent plant, and they'll form roots and new little leaves from their stem ends. Voila: Tiny new plants with no trouble at all.

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11 Comments

  1. JoEllen Arnold on August 22, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I love seeing hummingbirds coming to the various succulent flowers so I don’t cut them.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 22, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Yes, good point. Definitely a reason for NOT cutting them. Thanks very much for pointing this out, JoEllen.

    • Delia Pascua on August 25, 2019 at 12:19 am

      For me it looks neat without the blooms so I cut them off .

  2. Mike Bush on August 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I cut them to avoid/remove black aphids that are particularly attracted to echeveria blooms.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      I hadn’t thought of that. I guess mine get good enough air circulation that pests aren’t a problem. Good suggestion!

  3. Tess Schoenbart on August 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Debra, it is OK to put the flower stalk in water with other flowers or do you mean an arrangement of just succulent flower stalks? What will happen to it in water?

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Yes, I put them in water. I suspect it helps them stay fresher longer, and it can’t hurt. I haven’t experimented with all succulent flowers, but I do know some don’t need it…they can live off the moisture in their leaves just like cuttings do. Like aeoniums…I have a 3-foot tall glass cylinder vase with a wide base that I fill with 4-foot aeonium flower stalks every spring, no water. They start out in bud and over the next few weeks, the buds open into flowers.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Tess, yes, you can combine them with other flowers. The succulents will far outlast regular flowers, unless maybe alstroemeria.

  4. Christina Seebold on August 22, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I’m all about the hummingbirds as well. I have quite a few in my garden. Since it is mostly all succulents, cacti, and natives, I appreciate every blossom. The love the native Dudleyas and the Echeverias.

  5. Mike Baird on August 25, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Debra love the article on cutting the stems but wanted to know if I can plant them after or just put them in a vase like you did. Or throw away?
    Mike

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on August 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Mike — The flower stalks won’t grow (although occasionally they form platelets, which can be removed and planted). But the leaves along the stem are supposedly eager to root. Set them under the mother plant, on top of the soil, and some may grow tiny leaves and roots from the stem end.

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