Echeveria 'Blue Waves'
Echeveria 'Desert Queen'
Echeveria 'Blue Waves' is a low-growing succulent that forms dense rosettes of frilly-edged leaves. It is a little less blue than its sister Echeveria 'Blue Curls' and without as much red on the margins. Flower stalks are quite tall relative to the rosettes' height, each branching out into multiple branches. Flowers are reddish-orange and bell-shaped.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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. 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 Waves' is a hybrid noted as the sister seedling to another well-known hybrid, Echeveria 'Blue Curls'. 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 the names are used inversely in Europe. So, it is unknown what the correct use would be.
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