Echeveria gigantea Rose & Purpus
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Echeveria gigantea is a succulent plant with an unbranched stem crowned by a large rosette of green to gray-green leaves with a slightly wavy apex and reddish margins. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The leaves are spoon-shaped, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, and up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide. The older leaves flush purple to pink. Flowers are small pink and appear on erect, up to 6.6 foot (2 m) tall stalks from late fall to early winter.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most 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. Finally, 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 some 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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
This species is native to Mexico.
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