Echeveria 'Blue Curls'
Echeveria 'Blue Curls' is a usually solitary succulent with a rosette that grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Leaves are frilly-edged and aqua blue-green. They take on showy pink hues in spring and fall. Flowers are reddish-pink, well-spaced along with long stalks, and appear in summer.
USDA hardiness zones 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 Echeverias 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.
Most Echeverias 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 potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Echeveria 'Blue Curls' is a hybrid noted as the sister seedling to another well-known hybrid, Echeveria 'Blue Waves'. It is presumed to be an Echeveria gibbiflora hybrid, created by Frank Reinelt. EC descriptions of E. 'Blue Curls' and E. 'Blue Waves' suggest that in Europe, the names are used inversely. So, it is unknown what the correct use would be.
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