Echeveria colorata 'Mexican Giant'
Mexican Giant Echeveria
Echeveria 'Mexican Giant'
Echeveria colorata 'Mexican Giant' is a beautiful, large cultivar, slow growing to form a mostly solitary, stemless rosette up to 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter, with distinctive, upright, arching, fleshy, lance-shaped leaves with a fine point and with the older leaves often having a blush of pink. All surfaces of the leaves are completely covered with a powdery-white, waxy coating that gives this plant a very attractive look. The flowering stems are up to 20 inches (50 cm) long and have flowers that are salmon to orange on the exterior with yellow interiors.
USDA hardiness zone 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 Echeveria 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. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Echeveria
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