Pachyveria (pronounced pak-ee-VER-ee-uh) is a hybrid cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria in the Crassulaceae family. Popular for their thick, chubby leaves and colorful rosettes. They grow best in well draining soil full of phosphorus and potassium, but low in nitrogen. Be sure to allow them to thoroughly dry out between watering. Prefers a sunny position that will allow the plant to take on a compact rosette. Needs regular watering in summer, but reduced watering during the winter.
Most pachyveria varieties love bright light to full sun. Too much direct sun in high temperatures can cause sunburn so be sure to provide some shade in severe heat. During the winter, they will fend-well indoors. Give them plenty of light to ensure good and compact growth. Be careful not to allow the plant to stay too warm; otherwise, their growth tends to become stretched and soft.
Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. Most succulents don’t like to have wet feet. And the pachyveria is no exception. Leaves will pucker if soil gets too dry. It will happily recover within 12-24 hours after watering. Overwatering can affect the appearance of the fine, waxy leaves over time. They can also experience root rot which can kill the plant and force the plant to fall over.
Succulents need well-draining soil. Potting soil with added perlite/pumice and sand will also work well. Make sure your container has a drainage hole to ensure adequate drainage.
Most succulents need very little fertilizer. Watering with a well-balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. No fertilizer needed in winter.
Flowers will occasionally produce between the leaves. The flowers and the plant generally do not have any fragrance.
Propagate this succulents from stem cuttings or healthy leaves. Let stem cuttings dry and callus over for 2-4 days depending on your climate. Place the stem cutting in well draining soil and keep the plant out of direct sunlight. Leaves will propagate at a much slower rate than stem cuttings. They can still produce adorable little plant babies.
Susceptible to mealybugs, aphids and thrips and these can be difficult to get rid of. See our pest eradication post here for more info.