Botanical name: Echeveria carnicolor
Echeveria carnicolor is a short succulent plant which has a very flat rosette with gray-purple leaves with a whitish margin and the flowers are orange-red.
The leaves in Echeveria carnicolor are pointy, long, and thin; about 4 in. long and 1.2 in. wide. Echeveria carnicolor plant is a compact plant which grows to a height of 4-5 in. and about 5 in. wide.
One of the most notable feature in Echeveria carnicolor are the dark green leaves which turn slightly darker when stressed.
Echeveria carnicolor produces numerous offsets (pups) at the base of the plant which can be used to propagate new plants.
Echeveria carnicolor is endemic to Veracruz, Mexico.
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 carnicolor grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight.
Avoid exposing your Echeveria carnicolor to too hot sunlight before acclimatizing it as it can get sun scorched. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Echeveria carnicolor 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 your 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 carnicolor.
Protect the Echeveria carnicolor 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 your Echeveria carnicolor. It has no need for high humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.
Feed Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor 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.
Use a shallow pot for Echeveria carnicolor and be careful not to bury the stems to prevent rotting.
The best soil for Echeveria carnicolor should be loose, free-draining and rich in organic matter.
Pruning Echeveria carnicolor is easy. Remove dead or diseased leaves as they act as a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
If Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor 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 carnicolor offsets from the mother plant and allow the offsets to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before potting. Use only an offset which has several leaves.
Pot each Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor leaf cuttings root easily and have no need for a rooting hormone.
Take leaf cuttings from your Echeveria carnicolor while ensuring that you are using the complete leaf as leaves whose base is broken may not root.
Allow the 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 carnicolor plants will develop from the base of the leaf cutting.
Carefully lift the new Echeveria carnicolor plants and pot in individual pots while taking care not to damage the delicate roots.
Maintain the soil slightly moist until the new Echeveria carnicolor plants are well established.
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One cause of sudden leaf loss in Echeveria carnicolor is watering with very cold water.
Water the Echeveria carnicolor with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.
Another cause of sudden leaf loss in Echeveria carnicolor is underwatering.
Water your Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor is caused by too little light.
Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor are due to underwatering.
Water Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor is due to overwatering during the cold period.
Reduce watering for Echeveria carnicolor during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.
Also, ensure the pot for your Echeveria carnicolor has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.
Rotting plant base and stems collapse in Echeveria carnicolor is an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.
At this point, the Echeveria carnicolor 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 carnicolor are an indication of leaf spot disease.
Avoid wetting the center of the rosette of leaves and improve air circulation to discourage disease infestation.
Avoid wetting the rosette of leaves and water from the bottom instead. Also improve air circulation to discourage disease infestations.
Echeveria carnicolor are non-toxic to humans and pets. They are safe to grow indoors.