Echeveria 'Bombicina', Echeveria × bombicina, Echeveria × bombycina
Echeveria 'Bombycina' is a lovely succulent plant that forms a short-stemmed, usually solitary rosette of thick, pale green, spoon-shaped leaves densely covered with fine, long, whitish hairs. The rosette is larger than Echeveria setosa, more perfect than Echeveria pulvinata, and can reach more than 4.8 inches (12 cm) in diameter. The leaves are silkier and less broad than those of Echeveria pulvinata.
In late summer and early fall, the rosette produces short flower stalks bearing urn-shaped, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long flowers, usually entirely red, sometimes yellow-orange or yellow and red outside and yellow inside. The flower stalk is up to 4 inches (10 cm) long.
This hybrid is different from Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'.
USDA hardiness zone 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. 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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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