Echeveria 'Dondo' is a succulent with tight rosettes of gray-green leaves that are broadest near the leaf tip. The rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The leaf tips are sometimes blushed red and have a small, soft spine. Flowers are bell-shaped, dark yellow to slightly orange, and rise above the foliage on several stalks from the center of the rosette in late winter into spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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.
Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Several different hybrids may be found with this name. The parentage of Echeveria 'Dondo' is unclear as some list it as a hybrid of Echeveria derenbergii and Echeveria runyonii, while others as a hybrid of Echeveria derenbergii and Echeveria setosa.
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