Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' is a popular Japanese hybrid with foliage that changes color depending on the season and growing conditions.
Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan'
Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' is a beautiful succulent with compact rosettes of blue-green leaves with pink to purple tips and a fine powdery covering. The rosettes are about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and produce offsets at the base to form a small clump. The leaves are thick, fleshy, at first erect but become spreading with age. When stressed, the outer leaves turn purple, starting from the top.
During the spring, the rosettes produce clusters of small, bell-shaped flowers that hang from arching stalks. The flowers are pinkish-red outside and orange inside.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan'
Light: Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' requires full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. Therefore, place it near the brightest window in your home. In addition, if you plan to move the plant outside in spring, do it gradually and avoid exposure to intense afternoon sun.
Soil: Having soil that drains quickly is most important for growing a healthy succulent. While many growers prefer to create their own soil mix, commercial soil for succulents will work fine.
Temperature: High temperatures are not a problem as long as there is plenty of fresh air, but Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' is a tender succulent and must be brought indoors if there is a risk of freezing temperatures. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: During the growing season, the "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for this plant. Water deeply and then let the soil completely dry out before watering again. Water sparingly during the winter, only enough to keep the plant from shriveling. Above all, if you have a saucer under the pot, do not forget to empty the excess water.
Fertilizing: Although it can grow well without fertilizer, Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' may benefit from extra nutrients. Feed only during the growing season and use a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.
Repotting: If growing this plant in a container, repot as needed in spring or early summer, but ensure the soil is dry before you start. Also, always use a container with drainage holes.
Propagation: Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' can be propagated by leaves or offsets, with the best time being in the spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan'
Echeveria 'Sarahime Botan' has no toxic effects reported. However, although it is safe for growing around children and pets, it is not advisable to eat it.
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