×Pachyveria 'Clavata' is a beautiful succulent with a growth habit between a loose rosette and a stemmed grower. It grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. The leaves are grey-green, elongated to spatulate, almost flat, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide. Flowers have reddish petals surrounded by fleshy sepals the same color as the foliage. They appear atop up to 10 inches (25 cm) long stems.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Pachyphytum will not tolerate frosts well. Temperatures below 20 °F (-6 °C) will kill the plant, and temperatures which may go below 45 °F (7 °C) during the extended period should be avoided. Pachyphytum tolerates high heat and intense sunlight. As with most Crassulaceae, Pachyphytum can tolerate (and even appreciate) poor soil conditions, so long as it is well-draining. Pachyphytum can thrive in full or partial sunlight.
Allow the soil to dry out before watering, and avoid getting water on the leaves. In winter, the plants will require more water as winter begins its active growth season. If you are unsure when to water your Pachyphytum, watch the lowermost leaves for signs of drying and water them then. Pachyphytum is FAR more likely to survive under-watering than over-watering. The thick fleshy leaves will appear wilted and a bit "under-full" when they need water.
Leaf-cutting entails cutting a young leaf from near the center of the rosette. Leave the leaf out in the open air for a day to allow the wound to callous over.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Pachyphytum.
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