Echeveria 'Cubic Frost Cristata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Echeveria 'Cubic Frost'
This succulent is a form of Echeveria 'Cubic Frost' selected for its crested growth.
Echeveria 'Cubic Frost Cristata' is a fascinating succulent with cool lilac to lilac pink leaves densely packed along the top of a crested stem. It is smaller than the normal Echeveria 'Cubic Frost' but more interesting in form. The leaves are also smaller. Each specimen is uniquely shaped. Some growths are stable, but others tend to revert to normal growth.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Cubic Frost Cristata'
Light: E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when your E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata' is inside, put it near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Temperature: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. Water your plant just enough to keep it from shriveling during the winter months.
Fertilizing: E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata' grows well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: This succulent is propagated from stem cuttings. Spring is the best time to take cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Cubic Frost Cristata'
E. 'Cubic Frost Cristata' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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