Echeveria 'Black Prince'
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Echeveria 'Black Prince' is a slow-growing succulent that produces clumps of rosettes of fleshy, nearly black leaves. The rosettes grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves emerge green but shortly darken to a deep lavender brown. With age, the lower leaves widen up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) at the base with an acuminate tip with fine yellow edges. Flowers are dark red bell-shaped and appear on short stalks from late fall to early winter.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most 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 Echeverias are susceptible to mealy bugs. Finally, as with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.
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.
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 and remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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