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Pachyveria scheideckeri (Jeweled Crown)

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Scientific Name

x Pachyveria scheideckeri (de Smet) E.Walther

Common Names

Jeweled Crown

Synonyms

Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’, x Pachyveria ‘Schedeckeri’, Echeveria x scheideckeri

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: x Pachyveria

Description

x Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’ is a very variable hybrid of Pachyphytum bracteosum and Echeveria secunda. It is a compact, rosette-forming, tender, evergreen succulent with thick, fleshy, spoon or lance shaped, red-flushed, pale grey to blue green leaves. Cymes of red-flushed, yellow flowers bloom in spring or summer.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 extended period should be avoided. Pachyphytum tolerates high heat and intense sunlight. As with most Crassulaceae, Pachyphytum can tolerate (and even appreciated) 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 be careful to 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 lower most 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

Origin

It is a hybrid cross between Pachyphytum bracteosum and Echeveria secunda.

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