I’ve been caring for echeveria plants in the home for a few months now. As you probably already know, I have been growing an indoor garden as of late and I am really enjoying it– a lot more than I thought I would! I don’t enjoy outdoor gardening at all; I can barely distinguish between a weed and a plant (sometimes they just look so colourful!) and it just seems like a big job on a large scale but indoor gardening has been for me!
Every morning before work, I take my coffee to the floor by the window while I prune and water all my plants where necessary and every evening after work I check on them and move them into the sunlight where necessary and I just love spending time around them and having plants with colour makes so much difference to a home.
I now look after: a cherry tomato tree, a tall sunflower, a bunch of great smelling lavender, some blueberries, some strawberries, parsley and two different types of echeveria plants.
Now, I’m no expert because I am a new fan to indoor gardening but I know that various succulents are becoming popular, especially echeveria plants, probably because of how effortlessly beautiful they are. But they do take some care.
Pick an echeveria with good leaves
Before you buy an echeveria plant, study its leaves. The plants are easily rotten so it is important to start of with a healthy plant if you hope to have any sort of chance at maintaining one! You want one with no discolouring and all leaves should be dry and waxy.
Any pot will do but the soil must be drainable
Unlike most plants, echeveria plants do not mind where you pot them, they do not mind insulation and they do not require drain hole plant pots. I’ve even planted my newer echeveria babies in small glasses! The soil, however, cannot be soggy, it must get wet and dry quickly because they are very prone to rotting.
Neither direct sunlight nor shade
Echeveria plants adjust to their sunlight wherever you place them but they do prefer to be cool and out of direct sunlight which can burn their leaves — something they do not tend to recover from! Placing them in places that get a little sunlight– enough for a happy plant but not too much, is the best way of giving them what they need.
Water them every two weeks – with GREAT caution!
Echeveria really do not like water. That is not to say that they don’t need it because they really do but you’ll have to be really careful going about it. The plant itself cannot get wet because of rot. The best way of watering them (in my opinion anyway) is to water them from the bottom by taking the plant out of the pot. Place your hand on the top of the plant, turn it upside down to take the pot off, hold and rotate the soil under a light faucet until all the soil is wet and then return the echeveria plant to its pot carefully without touching your wet hand on the dry plant. It is really fiddly; I don’t know why people say succulents are easy! But on the bright side, you only have to go through this fiddly process once every two weeks!
Replanting and Propagation
My purple round leaf echeveria has not reproduced of her own accord but the green spiky one has reproduced twice! Look underneath the plant on a regular basis and observe any changes or unusual looking leaves. For example, this plant is easy to spot because its leaves are all long, thin and spiky so when one leaf splits off into more leaves, it’s quite obvious. I then know to prune them and replant them in a new pot. Echeverias’ power to produce more of themselves so often is magical. Apparently taking one leaf and placing it in soil will encourage a new plant to grow but I’m only just testing this out!
Echeverias are really great plants but they do need a little bit more care than people think! I hope this was useful in some way to anyone also bringing the outside in.