There is a faithful Echeveria sat on the windowsill, in the office at Enthusiast Towers.
It is must be a couple of years old now and is doing that thing where they start to tumble over the edge of the pot, which to me is one of their most charming features.
Some time ago while cleaning the window, I knocked a leaf off, and Echeveria is so easy to propagate that simply leaving it where it fell was all that was required.
Before long the beautiful bright pink roots started to form, and today I removed the parent leaf, and popped my new plant into its new home…
As easy as falling off a log…
The Echeveria leaf, with its pink adventitious roots. The new plant is forming at the end of the leaf with its roots looking for the sand of a Mexican desert…
(Am I the only person to see a snail, or a snake in this picture? 😃)
I always marvel with these fabulous houseplants at how pink the roots are, and how they form them as they slowly creep, just imagine how effective this would be in developing a colony in the wild.
Echeveria, also known as stonecrop or Hens n Chicks are ideal houseplant to people who are just getting into plants.
There are 5 secrets to growing them…
- Light: Echeveria like light, they will lean towards it, and flop over the pot towards the window, rather than show off their beauty. They also need lots of light to develop their full colours. Incredibly in the UK (Zone 7 in the American system) they are hardy and can shrug off frost, cold and snow, but often rot away due to our wet winters.
- Compost: The secret here is to ensure the compost is very free draining, adding lots, (up to 30% by volume) of grit. In the wild they grow over rocks and in crevices in poor soil. Take great care never to overwater them, just a few drops of water every month should be enough to make them happy.
- Water: Echeveria thrive on drought, so allow the compost to dry out, to come away from the edge of the pot, to look far, far to dry and then only give enough water to make it damp no more. Water early in the day so the leaves are dry before the cool of the evening.
- Hardiness: Echeveria are cold hardy in most of the UK, (or zone 9 in the USA). They are not often killed by cold, but they are killed by rain and wet, so find a spot, like under the eaves of the house or a bay window to make sure they overwinter dry.
- Propagation: These gorgeous, pale paster colours plants can regrow from cuttings of offsets, leaves, and stems. You can even slice the top off and pop it on some dry compost especially if it has its pink roots growing.