This succulent is an Echeveria agavoides hybrid.
Echeveria 'Benimusume' is a beautiful succulent that forms rosettes of fleshy, pointed, green leaves with a red to dark red tip and margins for most of the year. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm), usually about 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, producing numerous offsets at the base. The dorsal part of the leaves can go completely dark red during the colder months. Flowers are bell-shaped, coral pink to yellow, and appear in clusters on tall arching stalks, usually in summer.
The hybrid epithet "Benimusume" means "Crimson Girl" in Japanese.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Benimusume'
Light: E. 'Benimusume' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when your E. 'Benimusume' is inside, put it near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Temperature: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. E. 'Benimusume' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 °F (-3.9 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9b to 11b, 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C).
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering E. 'Benimusume'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. Water your plant just enough to keep it from shriveling during the winter months.
Fertilizing: E. 'Benimusume' grows well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your E. 'Benimusume', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: Like most Echeverias, this succulent is usually propagated from leaves or offsets. Spring is the best time to take leaf cuttings and separate offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Benimusume'
E. 'Benimusume' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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