Succulent plants are not only easy to love but easy to care for too! The Echeveria plant is just one of the many examples of a hardy plant that can thrive even during periods of neglect and lack of water. You shouldn’t always neglect your plant, however, so here are our tips to make sure that your Echeveria thrives year-round!
It All Starts with the Soil
As with any succulent plant, your soil should drain water well. Echeverias don’t like to sit and soak or else their roots will start to rot. We recommend that you should choose a gritty cactus commercial mix with some extra aggregate thrown in for faster draining. You should avoid soil for your Echeveria that is very fine or compacted, as those types of soil will store water for longer.
Watering Your Echeveria
You should water your Echeveria based on the temperature and climate outside. During the hot, dry months of summer you’ll need to water your plant more, and during the winter when it’s cooler, you won’t need quite as much.
When it comes to the type of water to use for your Echeveria, rainwater is ideal. You don’t want to use water with minerals because it can mar the bloom or damage the leaves. Whatever you do, make sure that you never use water that’s passed through a softener as the salt will kill the plant.
When watering your Echeveria, try to wet the soil all the way through to ensure that it is soaked. After that, don’t water the plant again until it is completely dry. Hopefully, your soil drains well so the plant’s roots won’t be exposed to moisture for very long.
Light for Your Echeveria
Echeveria, like many succulent plants, prefers to be in bright, warm environments. That being said, don’t put your plants directly in the summer sun or they might sunburn! You should gradually get them accumulated to the environment by placing the plant in an area of your home that only gets the morning sun for a few hours of the day. Then after a week, you can increase their sun exposure.
You should always avoid the afternoon sun as it will stress the plant out and could cause the foliage to burn. If you do notice that part of the foliage is burned, you can simply take off the damaged leaves, and they will grow back. Pro tip: if the leaves aren’t too badly damaged, you could potentially use them for propagation!
Echeveria like many succulent plants can survive in a wide range of temperatures. They prefer warmer climates and like to live in areas with around a ten-degree difference between the day and nighttime. They can also handle colder temps during the winter too, down to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night and around 60 degrees during the day.
During the summer seasons, Echeveria can withstand much warmer temperatures, especially if they are in a greenhouse climate. That being said, you should keep your plants in the shade if the temperatures go above 86 degrees or so.