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Botanical name: Echeveria derenbergii
Painted Lady Echeveria is an evergreen perennial succulent which bears a dense basal rosette of pagoda-shaped, frosted, bristle-tipped, silvery-green fleshy leaves.
Painted Lady Echeveria bears bell-shaped yellow flowers with red tips which look-like they have been painted and hence the common name, 'Painted Lady'.
Painted Lady is a short plant which grows to a height of about 4-6 in. only and is easy to grow even for a beginner plant parent.
Painted Lady Echeveria 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 derenbergii is endemic to Mexico and is named after Atanasio Echeverría Godoy, a botanical illustrator.
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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Painted Lady Echeveria grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight.
Avoid exposing your Painted Lady Echeveria to too hot sunlight before acclimatizing it as it can get sun scorched. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Painted Lady Echeveria 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 as it can lead to rotting; watering from the bottom is safer.
Water the Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria.
Protect Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria. It has no need for high humidity. Ensure good air circulation for your Painted Lady Echeveria to prevent fungal diseases.
Feed Painted Lady Echeveria every 2 weeks during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer.
Withhold feeding for Painted Lady Echeveria during the dormancy stage (cold season) as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Painted Lady Echeveria have a small root system so frequent repotting is not necessary.
Repot Painted Lady Echeveria 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 your Painted Lady Echeveria and be careful not to bury the stems to prevent rotting.
The best soil for Painted Lady Echeveria should be loose, free-draining and rich in organic matter.
Pruning Painted Lady Echeveria is easy. Remove dead or diseased leaves as they act as a breeding ground for pests and diseases.
If the Painted Lady Echeveria 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.
Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria offset in its individual pot in moist free-draining soil.
Water the Painted Lady Echeveria offsets sparingly, only when the soil is dry and avoid soggy soil as it can lead to rotting.
Painted Lady Echeveria leaf cuttings root easily and have no need for a rooting hormone.
Take leaf cuttings from your Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria plants will develop from the base of the leaf cutting.
Carefully lift the new Painted Lady Echeveria plants and pot in individual pots while taking care not to damage the delicate roots.
Maintain the soil slightly moist until the new Painted Lady Echeveria plants are well established.
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One cause of sudden leaf loss in Painted Lady Echeveria is watering with very cold water.
Water your Painted Lady Echeveria with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.
The other cause of sudden leaf loss in Painted Lady Echeveria is underwatering.
Water the Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria is caused by too little light.
Painted Lady Echeveria grows best in 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 Painted Lady Echeveria are due to underwatering.
Water the Painted Lady Echeveria 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.
Overwatering during the cold period is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves in Painted Lady Echeveria.
Reduce watering for your Painted Lady Echeveria during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.
Also, ensure the pot for your Painted Lady Echeveria has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.
Rotting plant base and stems collapse in Painted Lady Echeveria is an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.
At this point, the Painted Lady Echeveria 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 Painted Lady Echeveria are an indication of leaf spot disease.
Avoid wetting the center of the rosette and improve air circulation for your Painted Lady Echeveria to discourage disease infestation.
Avoid wetting your Painted Lady Echeveria leaves and water from the bottom instead. Also improve air circulation for your Painted Lady Echeveria.
Painted Lady Echeveria (Echeveria derenbergii) are non-toxic to humans and pets. They are safe to grow indoors.