The Pachyveria (pronounced pak-ee-VER-ee-uh) succulent is a hybrid cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria in the Crassulaceae family. Popular for their thick, chubby leaves and colorful rosettes. In fact, 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. Additionally, she prefers a sunny position that will allow the plant to take on a compact rosette. And, needs regular watering in summer. Although, reduce watering during the winter. Definitely mistaken for Echeverias or Graptoverias.
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. Furthermore, they will do well indoors during winter. Give them plenty of light. This ensures healthy 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. Additionally, 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. Additionally, make sure your container has a drainage hole. This will ensure adequate drainage.
Most succulents need very little fertilizer. Watering with a well-balanced fertilizer. Do so once a month during the growing season. Finally, no fertilizer is needed in winter.
Flowers will occasionally produce between the leaves. The flowers and the plant generally do not have any fragrance.
Propagate these 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. These pests can be difficult to get rid of. See our pest eradication post here for more info.
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