The hybrid name "Melaco" means "molasses" in Portuguese and refers to the rich glossy leaves.
This succulent is a hybrid created by Renee O'Connell. The parentage is unknown.
Echeveria 'Melaco' is a beautiful succulent that forms rosettes of glossy, spade-shaped leaves that vary in color. The rosettes can reach a diameter of up to 6 inches (15 cm) and produce offset as they age. The leaves can be salmon, copper, or brown during summer and plum to chocolate brown from fall to spring. The rosettes often have a green center.
The bell-shaped flowers are orange and appear in clusters on branched stalks in spring and summer.
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, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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