Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ Care

Echeveria (pronounced ech-eh-VER-ee-a) ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ is one of my favorites. Definitely for its pearlescent pink and purple tones that can shade to blue-green. In addition, the more sun Perle von Nurnberg is exposed to, the more pink and purple it will become. Leaves of PVN have an elegant curve to them and a coating of farina gives them a soft sheen. Undoubtedly, a classic hybrid that is easy to find and grows well inside and out.


Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


Full sun to partial sun




Minimum 30-40° F or -1.1- 4.4° C


Well-draining soil, use a container with good drainage


May benefit from a balanced fertilizer in summer


8-10 inches (20-25cm) tall/6-8 inches wide (15-20cm)

Scientific Name

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’

Common Name

Perle von Nurnberg, Pearl of Nurnberg, PVN




Mealybugs, aphids, vine weevils, rot


coral pink flowers with yellow interiors


Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
There are so many types of echeveria. Indeed making it hard to choose just one. If you’re looking for beauty, ease, and elegance, then look no further than the Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg. Furthermore, it is great for beginners and easy to propagate. Absolutely stunning in succulent wedding bouquets as well. What’s more, below is everything you should know before growing this intriguing succulent.

Watering Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

Succulents, including Echeverias, store water in their plump leaves to survive drought. As a result, this plant does not have very high watering needs. Therefore, replicate its natural habitat by giving your Echeveria a deep watering. After that, let the soil dry out completely before watering again. Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg only needs minimal water during the winter. Without a doubt, as with most succulents, less is more! If in doubt, be sure to use a moisture meter. Indeed inexpensive and absolutely helped me when I was new to succulents. 

Light for your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg has moderate light needs. For instance, she thrives in partial to full sun. Six hours of sunlight a day is ideal. Furthermore, consistent exposure to full sun will bring out the deepest colors Perle von Nurnberg has to offer. If your echeveria is indoors, place it in bright light near a sunny window or use a grow light. PVN grows to be up to 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) tall with a spread of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) wide in ideal lighting conditions.

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'

Temperature for your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

This frost-tender evergreen prefers warm climates. Therefore, zones 9 through11 (minimum 30-40° F or -1.1- 4.4° C) are preferred. If you live in an area with a colder climate it is best to grow it in a container. Certainly, move it indoors in cooler months. Ideally, its environment should always be above 40° F. However, it can tolerate some cold temperatures from 25°- 30°F.

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Soil & Repotting

Well-draining soil is essential for keeping Echeverias happy. If your succulent is left sitting in water, it is susceptible to rot and fungal diseases. Therefore, add pumice or perlite to the soil to help increase extra drainage. Be sure to pick a pot with a drainage hole. In addition to this, I also like adding coarse sand with perlite to commercial potting (2:1:1 ratio). Even when I use a commercial cactus soil mix, I still like to add perlite for increased drainage.

Echeverias need to be repotted every few years to avoid compacted soil. Repot during the summer when the soil is dry. To begin with, start by gently brushing the soil off the roots. Next, inspect the roots for rot or other problems that are usually underground. Finally, place in fresh well-draining soil and hold off on watering for a few days. This will allow the roots to get comfortable and heal from any damage during the transfer.

Fertilize your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg

Fertilizer isn’t a priority with Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg. If you want to give it a try though, do so during the summer. Generally speaking, a liquid and balanced cactus or succulent fertilizer that is low-nitrogen is best.

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg' Toxicity

Perle von Nurnberg is generally non-toxic to humans and animals. Furthermore, visit ASPCA for more detailed  info or call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Propagation

Perle von Nurnberg naturally propagate via offsets. To speed up the propagation process, try leaf or stem cuttings. Moreover, once you have the process down, you can easily multiply your Echeveria collection. In any case, it is easy to do.

Leaf cuttings are taken by carefully removing the leaf off of the stem. First, gently twist the leaf to ensure that you remove the entire leaf. Specifically, do not leave any parts of the leaf  behind. This will increase the chances of successful propagation. In addition, the section in between the leaf and stem is what enables the cutting to grow roots.

After that, allow the leaf to dry out for a few days so that the ends can callous over. Once dry, set it on top of well-draining soil and mist it with water. Next, keep the soil damp until new roots have grown in. Finally, as the leaves begin to take root, return to a regular watering schedule.

Stem cuttings follow almost the exact same process as leaf cuttings. To begin with, take a sharp pair of scissors and cut off the top of the plant. Obviously leaving a few inches at the base. This may be a frightening experience at first. However, you will be happy with the results. In addition, allow the stems to dry for three to five days before planting in soil or propagating in water. Of course this can vary depending on your climate.

Water propagation is one of my favorite methods and you can read more here. When placing stem cuttings in soil, make sure the rosette is upright and in well-draining soil. You can test if it has roots by gently pulling on it. If there is resistance, it has established some roots. In fact, the base should eventually produce new babies. Follow the above watering suggested watering instructions for leaf cutting.

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Flowers

Spoon-shaped leaves are thick and fleshy. They overlap to create a stunning rosette. Soft lilac tones are as sweet as roses. The whole plant is a spectrum of blue-gray and pink with a hint of purple. In addition it’s dusted in frosty pruinose. In other words, a botanical term for white powder.

You won’t miss flowers when growing Perle von Nurnberg. However, in summer look for even more color when PVN blooms. Specifically coral pink flowers with yellow interiors. Above all, it is one of the most prolific Echeverias. For instance, often sending up 5-6 spikes each summer.

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg' with Air Roots

Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Problems

Be wary of overwatering your Echeveria. Indeed the number one killer of succulents. Overwatering kills succulents much faster than underwatering. Symptoms of overwatering include yellow, mushy leaves, that easily fall off. More importantly, you can remedy this issue by removing your succulent from the overwatered soil. Next, place it in fresh well-draining soil. Finally, hold off on watering for a week or so. If you still aren’t sure of when to water, a moisture meter will take out the guesswork. 

Underwatering is also harmful to Echeverias. On the contrary, much easier to fix. Give your succulent a good drink and it will usually perk up. When echeveria are underwatered, leaves will shrivel up and the plant will wilt. In addition, they can also send out air roots. Read more about air roots here.

Etiolation is a common, but preventable problem with succulents. When the plant isn’t getting enough sunlight, it stretches toward the sun. Consequently, if you don’t keep your echeveria in a bright location, it will grow stretched out. What’s more, is it will also appear less attractive than its typical compact rosette.

Once stretched out, it will not return to its tight rosette. Propagate the stem as mentioned above giving it a second chance. At any rate, increasing your collection size. 

What's in a name?

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ was created in Germany in the 1930’s by Alfred Gräser. A hybrid of Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ and Echeveria elegans. It should be noted that Perle von Nurnberg directly translates to “Pearl of Nurnberg”. Stunning leaves have a pearly appearance, so the name definitely suits it. 

Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'

Echeveria Pest or Problems

PVN’s generally do not require a lot of maintenance. Bottom leaves will brown and die off as the Echeveria grows. Without a doubt, this is totally normal. Be sure to remove dead leaves to keep the plant healthy. More importantly, so that they do not attract pests like the evil mealybug! 

Mealybugs are the biggest pest threat to your succulents. They love to hide in crevices on your Echeverias. Therefore, be sure to inspect your plants regularly. Signs of mealybugs will appear in the form of a white cottony web or disfigured leaves. Be sure to eradicate them immediately. 

These insects drink the sap out of plants. In addition to secreting honeydew that attracts ants. A Q-tip dipped in alcohol or spraying with an organic pest killing soap will do the trick. Read my complete post on mealybugs eradication here

Aphids are less common but still a potential threat to Echeverias. Like mealybugs, they suck out the sap. If left untreated, they will eventually kill your succulent. Nevertheless, protect your echeveria by applying diatomaceous earth to the soil and neem oil to the succulent. Also, use an insecticidal soap to control existing infestations.

Vine weevil is a black beetle (flightless) that chews through leaves. Specifically causing leaves to turn yellow and wilt. Diatomaceous earth will prevent them. Unfortunately, vine weevils are resistant to most sprays. Removing them manually is the most effective remedy for infestations. Furthermore, since vine weevils are nocturnal, you’ll be able to find them easily at night.

Learn more about Mealybug and pest eradication here.

Echeveria Diseases 

Make sure you never let your Echeverias stand in water. Otherwise, the chances of root rot and other fungal diseases will increase. Root rot is caused by consistent moisture. Subsequently leading to bacterial infections. In any event, the good news is that it is easy to prevent. Specifically, avoid overwatering and use a well-draining soil.

Root rot is best caught early. Therefore, routinely check for rot on your Echeverias. Rotted sections will be brown or black and mushy. The rot usually starts in the roots. Then, it spreads up the stem. If you find an infected part, you’ll have to remove it. Otherwise, it will spread. 

First, cut away the rotted section. Second, leave your succulent out of the soil for a few days so it can dry out and callous over. Third, repot in fresh well-draining soil and keep an eye on watering.

Echeveria Sunburn

Brown spots may appear on your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg. These are most likely from sunburn. Thus, move your plant out of direct heat to prevent further damage. Learn how to save your sunburned succulents here.

In conclusion, Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg is a real stunner. If you are looking for a beautiful low-maintenance succulent, look no further. If you have any additional PVN tips, please leave them in the comments below.


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