Echeveria and other look amazing in patio planters. Echeveria
are originally from Mexico and Central America. They arent used to
the cold and will die in freezing temperatures. Just because you
live where winter is a real winter doesnt mean that you cant enjoy
these colorful plants.
You can keep them healthy during the cold months by moving them
indoors. Then, once the threat of frost has past, gradually move
them back outside in the spring. Other people who want to enjoy
these colorful plants, but dont want houseplants, treat Echeveria
like annuals and just plant anew each spring.
Like theyre used to in their native growing grounds, Echeveria like
full sun. However, try to avoid these two things: drastic sunlight
changes and summer afternoon full sun.
Dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out. If you are
moving your plants outside in the spring, do it gradually. A couple
hours in morning sun, then a few more, until they are in full
Intense afternoon sun can, in some regions be too strong and the
leaves will sunburn. Burned leaves will not heal and since
Echeveria keep their leaves for a long time, it will look burned
for a long time. If the damage is severe you will be best off to
cut the head off the plant and let it re-grow from the stalk.
During the winter, when your plants are inside, put them near
the brightest window in your house. Your plants will stretch if
they dont have enough sunlight. Ideally you would put your plants
near a south-facing window. If that isnt an option, though, put
them near a window that gets the most light.
Echeveria, indoors or outside, dont like to be kept too wet, but
they also dont like to be kept too dry. We typically find that
succulents like more water than most people think. In a house the
dry home temperatures dry things our even faster. You dont want
your soil to be bone dry or it will wither the plants roots.
When you water Echeveria, water the soil and not the rosette.
Pour on the water until it drains out the bottom. Repeat this a
couple times. Then dont water again until the soil has dried out.
You dont want your plant to remain soaking wet all the time. To
help prevent this, dont let the pot sit in a saucer full of water.
The time between watering depends on the temperatures and
conditions of the plant.
The most common problems seen on Echeveria are due to poor
watering habits. Over and under watering can both produce similar
symptoms. Wilting, shriveling, dropping leaves. You know your own
watering habits best. Keep an eye on your plants and make
adjustments if needed.