Echeveria prolifica Moran & J.Meyran
Echeveria prolifica is native to Mexico (Puebla).
Echeveria prolifica is a small succulent that forms rosettes of light glaucous green leaves that can get flushes of pink when grown in bright sun. It offsets abundantly and spreads by stolons to form a low, dense clump. The rosettes grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter.
In early spring and sometimes until summer, the stout bell-shaped flowers (unique in the genus) with yellow petals appear held in compact clusters at the end of decumbent, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long stalks with easily detached bracts that fall off and root easily to form new plants.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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