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Echeveria gigantea – Giant Hens and Chicks

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Scientific Name

Echeveria gigantea Rose & Purpus

Common Names

Giant Hens and Chicks

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae 
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Description

Echeveria gigantea is a large succulent plant in the Gibbiflorae group of Echeveria that rises up on unbranched stems up to 18 inches (45 cm) and has 2 foot (60 cm) wide open rosettes of large, broad, spoon-shaped, green to gray-green leaves that have a slightly wavy apex and reddish margin. Older leaves flush purple to pink. It bears a up to 6 foot (1.8 m), usually unbranched, inflorescence with nodding rose-red flowers in late fall through early winter.

Echeveria gigantea - Giant Hens and Chicks

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most of the common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeveria are susceptible to mealy bugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

Most Echeveria can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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