Is any plant lovelier than a ruffled echeveria? These rosette succulents are soaring in popularity, and new cultivars are being introduced all the time. Look for echeverias throughout my books and in many of my videos.
We have brides partly to thank---they prefer bouquets that match the blue of their eyes, or that come in hues of aqua, dove, lilac, silvery pink or celadon. Echeverias offer all those colors plus a bonus: They can be planted afterwards as living mementos of the occasion.
Keep in mind that new leaves grow from the centers of rosettes and lowest leaves eventually wither. So to tidy echeverias over time, old leaves should be removed. If you don't like looking at the resulting exposed stems, snip off the heads and replant as cuttings. If you set the old plant aside, it may form new little rosettes along the stem. These also can be removed and planted. (The thicker the stem, the more likely it will produce offsets.)
Echeverias will grow toward greatest sun exposure, which is especially noticeable when bloom stalks lean. Echeverias grown in low light will have elongated leaves (from trying to expose more surface to the sun) and will revert to green. Expert Dick Wright advises that two hours of full sun daily is ideal. Age also is important; young plants may not display the ruffled edges, layered leaves and the carruncling (bumpiness) of mature ones.
Don't miss my YouTube series featuring renowned Echeveria hybridizer and grower Dick Wright:
Echeverias #1: Meet Dick Wright
Please Note: Dick Wright wants to thank everyone who has contacted him as a result of the YouTube series. He's been swamped with inquiries, so please be patient. "It's wonderful, but I can't keep up with them all," he says. Providing a list of plants is difficult because, "I don't know what we'll have from week to week." His son Kraig is often away, so "I'm a crew of one," Dick adds with a laugh. Moreover he had an accident---cut his finger and had to go to the ER---but he's doing fine. "I heal real fast." Dick turned 90 in Sept., 2018.
Where to buy echeverias:
Family-owned Mountain Crest Gardens sells quality echeverias and other rosette succulents via mail-order. Many of MCG's plants for containers and garden beds are available in assortments, as solo specimens, and (to a limited extent) as cuttings.
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In My Books:
Designing with Succulents, pp. 208-211
Succulent Container Gardens, pp. 95-97
Succulents Simplified, pp. 162-169, Step-by-step: Make a Special Occasion Succulent Bouquet of Echeverias and Roses:
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