Fat plants

Echeveria

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How much to water

Echeveria must be watered, but without leaving stagnant water and without wetting the leaves. To avoid these unpleasant drawbacks, it is best to immerse the pot in water for a few minutes to allow the earth to absorb the humidity needed by the plant. So the watering must be done when the soil becomes dry and in winter they must be significantly reduced in relation to the temperatures. It is also good to avoid stagnations in the saucer that could cause root rot. Echeveria must be repotted in spring if its roots have already exploited the space available. If, during the operation, black or grayish roots occur, they must be eliminated with sterilized scissors. Afterwards, sprinkle the wounds with a fungicide and finally repot and water with immersion after a week.


How to cultivate

The Echeveria plant can be grown by seed, by cutting or by suckers. If you choose the multiplication using the seeds you could get plants not identical to the original ones, however the sowing can be done in pots from January to March on a soil of sand and soil wet with water. Drain the surface water and place the seeds on the ground without burying them. Afterwards, it will be sufficient to spray a little water to make them adhere better. Then cover with plastic to maintain the ideal temperature and prevent the earth from drying out immediately. Check the humidity of the soil every day by removing the condensation that has formed. The pot must remain in the shade and at a temperature of 18 ° C until germination. When the seeds sprout, remove the plastic and as soon as the seedlings are able to be transplanted, they must be moved to their pot and treated as adult plants.

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