Echeverias are very popular succulent plants that grow in attractive rosettes with beautiful leaves in a variety of colors and sometimes stunning flowers. These plants have been extensively hybridized, so in addition to the main species, there are many varieties that have been specially bred for interesting leaf form and color.
Just like any plant, Echeveria needs proper conditions and care to thrive. If your Echeveria is wilting, check the growing conditions and environment around your plants, such as the soil, light, water.
1. Check the Soil
Echeveria plants require well-draining, loose soil, whether you are growing Echeveria 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 Echeveria to a new container that holds 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. Both too much and too little light can cause Echeveria leaves to wilt and drop. If you live in a very warm location, keep the plant in an area that receives partial sunlight. Avoid placing the plant in an area that receives full afternoon sun. In cooler climates, you may need to give your Echeveria more exposure to light. 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 the wintertime, when the outdoor temperatures dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), 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, in addition to providing nutrients for healthy leaves. Do not feed more than once. Overfertilizing could also lead to wilting leaves.
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