×Pachyveria 'Elaine' is a beautiful branched succulent with short stems that terminate in a dense rosette of thick, fleshy, blue-green leaves covered with a powdery bloom. The leaves have pinkish or brownish tips and take on yellow hues in the summer sunlight. Flowers are bell-shaped with yellowish or reddish petals covered with sepals the same color as the leaves and appear in clusters on arching stalks, usually in summer.
How to Grow and Care for ×Pachyveria 'Elaine'
Light: ×P. 'Elaine' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, put your ×P. 'Elaine' near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Temperature: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. ×P. 'Elaine' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering ×P. 'Elaine'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. Water your plant just enough to keep it from shriveling during the winter months.
Fertilizing: ×P. 'Elaine' grows well without fertilizer. Still, it will benefit from extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your ×P. 'Elaine', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: This succulent is usually propagated from leaves or stem cuttings. Spring is the best time to take cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of ×Pachyveria 'Elaine'
×P. 'Elaine' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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