Echeveria 'Dark Vader'
Echeveria 'Dark Hawk', Echeveria 'Darkness Power', Echeveria 'Diablo Strength'
This succulent is a hybrid created by Volarth Chi in Taiwan. It is a result of the cross between Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' and Echeveria 'Black Prince'.
Echeveria 'Dark Vader', also known as Echeveria 'Darkness Power', is an unusual succulent that forms rosettes of green leaves that deepen to pink, red, or burgundy in bright sunlight. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Leaves are darker than the leaves of E. runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'. They are inversely keeled and curled up so that the tips point toward the center of the rosette. Flowers are reddish-orange and appear on arching stalks from late summer to fall.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Dark Vader'
Light: E. 'Dark Vader' 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. 'Dark Vader' 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. 'Dark Vader' 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. 'Dark Vader'. 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. 'Dark Vader' 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. 'Dark Vader', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: Like all Echeverias, this succulent is usually propagated from leaves or offsets. Spring is the best time to take leaf cuttings and separate offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Dark Vader'
E. 'Dark Vader' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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