Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina' is a succulent plant with large rosettes of frilled leaves that change color depending on the season and growing conditions.
Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina'
The hybrid name "Takasago No Okina" means "The Old Man of Takasago" in Japanese.
Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina' is a hybrid created in Japan. Since Echeveria crenulata is not in cultivation for a very long time, the parentage Echeveria crenulata × Echeveria carnicolor is probably wrong.
Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina' is an incredibly beautiful succulent that forms rosettes of broad, spoon-shaped leaves with pink, heavily frilled edges. The rosettes grow on a short stem and can reach a diameter of more than 12 inches (30 cm), producing offsets at the base as they mature. The leaves are soft green, but they turn reddish when exposed to colder temperatures in winter.
The flowers are dark pink, bell-shaped, with unequal and spreading sepals. They appear on branched stalks that can grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) in height, usually blooming in spring.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina'
Light: Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina' requires full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. Therefore, place it near the brightest window in your home. In addition, if you are moving 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 'Takasago No Okina' 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, the plant 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 it 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 'Takasago No Okina' can be propagated in the spring by leaves or offsets.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina'
Echeveria 'Takasago No Okina' has no reported toxic effects and is safe for growing around children and pets.
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