Plant of the Month Archive: Echeveria Agavoides
all about echeveria agavoides
Hey friends, it’s Rachael again sharing info on this month’s plant of the month, the ECHEVERIA AGAVOIDES, and all its many varieties.
This beautiful and hardy echeveria, commonly referred to as echeveria “lipstick” - is native to rocky areas of Mexico. With its plump green leaves beautifully contrasted with varying shades and stripes of red – it’s no wonder this soft succulent has been bred into numerous and varying hybrids. These stemless succulents have more triangular shaped leaves, leading to the name agavoides – which means looking like an agave.
I also find these to be one of the few echeveria that can handle lower light situations without stretching out (etiolation) – although they will lose much of their vibrant red highlights in lower light conditions. I often use these echeveria for lower light arrangements, because they maintain their beautiful rosette shape for long periods, and need very little watering or care.
caring for your echeveria agavoides:
Luckily, these lovelies can thrive in both bright direct light and low indirect light. More intense reddish-pink tips and margins will occur in direct and bright sun. In lower light conditions, the plant will maintain more green hues. Be sure to remove any dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. This ensures the plant’s health and helps to diminish chances of pests, like mealy bugs, that like to live in leaf litter.
Like most succulents, these plants do not like to be overwatered. They prefer for their soil to be well draining and for the soil to go completely dry between waterings. In summer months this means you will typically be watering once per week, and in the winter months more like twice per week (but always best to check the soil).
When watering, aim the water at the root area, trying to avoid allowing water to sit in the rosette area. This can lead to fungal infections and even rot. Water the root area thoroughly, giving them a nice soak, and then ensuring that any excess water is drained away from the roots.
caring for your aloe vera:
Aloe vera are easy to care for and maintain while making eye-catching statement plants style wise as well. They reproduce readily when properly cared for, so are easy to propagate and gift to friends!
LIGHT: Low sunlight to direct sunlight is best. In full direct sun they will often take on a maroon color, especially in their leaf tips. Be careful to acclimate them to full sun or else they do tend to burn. These plants do well in low light areas indoors as long as they are not overwatered.
WATER: Water only when soil is completely dry – water thoroughly and allow water to drain. Do not overwater. Will need more water in brighter hotter conditions, than in cooler and shadier conditions.
CONDITIONS: These amazing medicinal plants thrive in more temperate climates and do not tolerate frost or cold drafts well. They prefer warm temperatures and indirect light. They also prefer well-draining soils, so if planting in pots make sure to use a cactus blend soil, or add some pumice or sand to your houseplant soil to ensure it does not retain too much moisture.
RACHAEL COHEN is the creator & owner of INFINITE SUCCULENT, a plant art, styling and educational service in San Diego, Ca.
Through her art and styling, as well as her writings & workshops, Rachael connects and engages her clients with the natural world. Simultaneously, she helps them achieve the botanical atmosphere of their dreams!
Rachael’s book of succulent crafts - Infinite Succulent: Miniature Living Art to Keep or Share - will be released end of February 2019.
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RACHAEL & zoey