Echeveria colorata 'Mexican Giant'
Mexican Giant Echeveria
Echeveria 'Mexican Giant'
Echeveria colorata 'Mexican Giant' is a beautiful slow-growing succulent that forms stemless, usually solitary rosettes of upright, arching, fleshy, lance-shaped leaves. The older leaves often have a blush of pink. Rosettes grow up to 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter. The leaves are covered with a powdery-white waxy coating that gives this plant a very attractive look. Flowers are salmon to orange on the exterior with yellow interiors and appear on up to 20 inches (50 cm) long stems.
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 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. 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.
This cultivar is a big form of Echeveria colorata.
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