Echeverias are popular succulents that grow in attractive rosettes with beautiful leaves in various colors and sometimes stunning flowers. They have been extensively hybridized, and many cultivars have been specially bred for impressive leaf form and color in addition to the main species.
Just like any plant, Echeverias need proper conditions and care to thrive. If your Echeveria is wilting, check the growing conditions and environment, such as the soil, light, and water.
1. Check the Soil
Echeverias require well-draining soil, whether you are growing them outdoors or in a pot indoors. If you find that the soil is tightly compressed or compacted, use a garden hoe or rake to incorporate new, aerated soil into the bed. If your container is filled with poorly draining soil, move the plant to a new container with well-draining soil. Replant during a dormant period.
2. Adjust the Amount of Sunlight
Though some hybrids can adjust to low light conditions, most Echeverias require at least partial sunlight. Too much and too little light can cause the leaves to wilt and drop. If you live in a hot location, keep your Echeveria in an area that receives partial sunlight. Avoid placing the plant in an area that receives full afternoon sun. You may need to give your Echeveria more exposure to light in cooler climates. Choose a location that gets full morning and afternoon sun.
3. Water the Plant Moderately
Whenever the soil dries out, you can water your Echeveria. In winter, when the outdoor temperatures dip below 60 °F (15 °C), water only once every two weeks, or when the soil is dry 4 inches (10 cm) down. This is for both outdoor plants and indoor container plants.
4. Fertilize Once in the Spring
If all other conditions are met, the wilting may be a symptom of a nutrient imbalance. Fertilizing once in the spring with a low-nitrogen succulent fertilizer will help stimulate growth and provide nutrients for healthy leaves. Do not feed more than once. Overfertilizing could also lead to wilting leaves.
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