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Botanical name: Echeveria amoena
Echeveria amoena is an evergreen perennial succulent with a stem of about 8 cm long and grows in the form of a compact rosette, with fleshy, full-margin and accumulated apex leaves.
Echeveria amoena's inflorescence is simple, reddish zinc, with several alternate ascending, succulent, green, reddish or pink-orange bracts.
Echeveria amoena is a short plant which grows to a height of about 4 in. only and is easy to grow even for a beginner plant parent.
Echeveria amoena like other Echeverias rapidly produces a colony of small offsets (pups) at the base of the plant which can be separated from the parent plant for propagation purposes.
Echeveria amoena is endemic to semi-arid areas of the Mexican states of Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz and was was described by Edward Morren in 1875.
Many gorgeous hybrids have been developed and there is a wide selection to choose from. Their leaves are 1-3 in. long and each popular species or variety has its own distictive feature.
Some common varieties include;
Some Echeveria Plants are low growing as flattened rosettes and others grow as rosette-topped trees.
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Echeveria amoena grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight.
Avoid exposing Echeveria amoena to too hot sunlight before acclimatizing it as it can get sun scorched. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Echeveria amoena thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.
Avoid wetting the center of the rosette of leaves as it can lead to rotting; watering from the bottom is safer.
Water the plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking the plant as it can result in reduced growth.
Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Average warmth between 16-280C during the growing season is ideal for Echeveria amoena.
Protect the plant from cold draughts to avoid sudden changes in temperature inorder to maintain a constantly warm temperature. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Average room humidity is ideal for Echeveria amoena. It has no need for high humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.
Feed Echeveria amoena every 2 weeks during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer.
Withhold feeding during the dormancy stage (cold season) as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Echeveria amoena have a small root system so frequent repotting is not necessary.
Repot the plant at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes crowded in its current pot.
Use a pot 1 size larger and one that has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting and eventual death of the plant.
Use a shallow pot for repotting and be careful not to bury the stems to prevent rotting.
The best soil for Echeveria amoena should be loose, free-draining and rich in organic matter.
Pruning Echeveria amoena is easy. Remove dead or diseased leaves as they act as a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
If your Echeveria amoena is straggly with a nice rosette sitting on top of a long woody stem; cut off the rosette, allow it to dry (callus) in dry potting soil and it will root and grow into a new plant.
The woody stem can also be used for propagation where plantlets will form at the top of the stem. These plantlets can then be seperated from the stem when about 4-6 leaves have formed and grown in their own pots.
Echeveria amoena can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from offsets (pups) which form at the base of the plant or from leaf cuttings.
Carefully seperate the Echeveria amoena offsets from the mother plant and allow the offsets to dry for 1-3 days before potting. Use only an offset which has several leaves.
Pot each Echeveria amoena offset in its individual pot in moist free-draining soil.
Water the offsets sparingly, only when the soil is dry and avoid soggy soil as it can lead to rotting.
Echeveria amoena leaf cuttings root easily and have no need for a rooting hormone.
Take leaf cuttings from your Echeveria amoena while ensuring that you are using the complete leaf as leaves whose base is broken may not root.
Allow the Echeveria amoena leaf cuttings to dry (callus) for 1-3 days to promote rooting and prevent rotting.
Lay the leaves on moist soil and do not allow the cut end to touch the soil.
Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist by light misting.
Roots should grow into the moist soil and soon after, new Echeveria amoena plants will develop from the base of the leaf cutting.
Carefully lift the new Echeveria amoena plants and pot in individual pots while taking care not to damage the delicate roots.
Maintain the soil slightly moist until the new Echeveria amoena plants are well established after which routine care can begin.
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Sudden leaf loss in Echeveria amoena may be caused by watering with very cold water. Very cold water will shock the plant causing sudden leaf loss.
Water the plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.
Another cause of sudden leaf loss in Echeveria amoena is underwatering.
Water Echeveria amoena moderately and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.
Elongated stems and misshappen in Echeveria amoena is caused by too little light.
Echeveria amoena prefers bright light with some direct sunlight. Too little light will cause the plant to grow weak, elongated stems in an attempt to reach the light source.
Brown leaf tips in Echeveria amoena are due to underwatering.
Water Echeveria amoena thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
Wilted and discolored leaves in Echeveria amoena is due to overwatering during the cold period.
Reduce watering for your Echeveria amoena during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.
Also, ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.
Rotting plant base and stems collapse in Echeveria amoena is an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.
At this point, the Echeveria amoena is far gone and cannot be saved. Use the upper stem to propagate new plants and discard the infected parts.
Brown, soft leaf spots in Echeveria amoena are an indication of Leaf spot disease. Avoid wetting the center of the rosette and improve air circulation for the Echeveria amoena.
Avoid wetting the Echeveria amoena leaves and water from the bottom instead. Also improve air circulation for your Echeveria amoena to discourage disease infestations.
Echeveria amoena are non-toxic to humans and pets. They are safe to grow indoors.