Echeveria 'Tippy', also sold as Echeveria 'Sunburst', is a small succulent plant that forms beautiful rosettes of fleshy, bluish-green leaves with prominent pink tips, hence the hybrid name. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter.
The orange, bell-shaped flowers appear on branched, arching stalks in spring.
In Europe, the name "Tippy" is often wrongly used for a hybrid of Echeveria chihuahuaensis and Echeveria colorata 'Lindsayana'. To avoid further confusion, this hybrid is renamed Echeveria 'Beatrice'.
Echeveria 'Tippy' is a hybrid created by Dick Wright in California, United States, in 1968. According to the breeder, it results from a cross between Echeveria agavoides and Echeveria derenbergii. However, this is rather doubtful.
USDA hardiness zone 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. 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. Place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix to propagate a leaf cutting and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
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