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Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’ – Variegated Hens and Chicks

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Scientific Name

Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’

Common Names

Variegated Hens and Chicks

Synonyms

Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ f. variegata

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae 
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Description

Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’ is a succulent plant that forms attractive clumps, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall of small tight rosettes up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide with short blue-gray leaves that have wide cream-colored margins with a hint of pink on older leaves and leaf margins, primarily in winter. It have nice orange and yellow flowers on a up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall inflorescence that rises vertically and then arches over gracefully.

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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

Origin

It certainly may share similar parentage to Echeveria ‘Imbricata’, which is thought to be a hybrid from the 1800s between Echeveria secunda (Echeveria glauca) and Echeveria gibbiflora var. metalica.

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