Echeveria harmsii 'Ruby Slippers'
Echeveria 'Ruby Slippers'
Echeveria harmsii 'Ruby Slippers' is a shrubby succulent, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and about the same in width, with woody stems densely covered with foliage. The color and texture of its leaves will warm your heart. They are paddle-shaped, green, and covered with soft, silvery fuzz. The tips of the leaves are a deep pink-red. The flowers are bright orange, bell-shaped, and carried in clusters on stems that rise above the foliage.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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.
Most Echeveria 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 a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
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. See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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