Are you looking for plants to decorate your home? The most beautiful succulent plant Echeveria Devotion is the best indoor and outdoor embellishment option.
The soft and velvety plant with a burgundy red color and green leaves gives your house a vibrant look. It is perfect for decorating balconies, terraces, or doorsteps.
This is the most beautiful kind of succulent that is widely used to decorate wedding cakes, bouquets, artworks, or found in succulent gardens. Want to know more? Here in this guide, you’ll learn all about it.
Let’s get started.
Classification of Echeveria Devotion
To understand the needs of this plant, we will go back to its diverse history. Echeveria Devotion belongs to the family Crassulaceae native to semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico, and Argentina. It was first discovered after the 18th century by botanist “Anastasio Echeverria.” The genus is named after him.
These plants belong to the family (Succulents). The word succulent comes from “succus,” which means juicy. It has about 150 species. These plants have thick leaves that can store water for dry periods.
Features of Echeveria Devotion
Echeveria Devotion is a beautiful non-flowering plant. What do you think makes it unique from other succulents? The warm burgundy color with green leaves feel velvety and super soft. Moreover, the size of flashy green rosette leaves that get no taller than 12 inches depending on the type.
Shape & Size:
Devotion Echeveria has a gorgeous round shape that stays compact to a height of about 6 inches. Leaves are around 2 inches long and 0.8 inches wide. These plants do not contain flowers, and the red color seems more bright in strong light.
There is no toxic effect found in this succulent, but it would be good if you avoid eating it. You can use it as an ornament for wedding cakes.
Pets and animals are safe around devotion echeveria. So, rush to the nearest doctor immediately if your furry family member swallows it, because it may upset their stomach.
Echeveria Devotion usually goes dormant during the winter season. They will stop growing and turn on their “energy-efficient” mode. Temperature, weather, and sunlight are the factors that trigger succulents to go dormant.
During the dormancy period, succulents don’t need water and fertilizer. But they need sunlight to maintain their compact shape and fast moistening soil to keep dry.
Echeveria Devotion care
Usually, these elegant succulent plants are easy to take care of, but you have to follow some tips and tricks so that your plant can last longer. Here you will find a detailed guide. Let’s dive in.
Water: Once a week.
Sunlight: 4 to 5 hours direct light.
Humidity: Like high humidity.
Soil: Fast-draining soil.
Succulent plants like echeveria devotion require little water to survive. Remember that in winter or cooler months, do not water them. They only need water to prevent soil from drying during the winter season.
To be precise, watering the plant once a month is enough for the whole fall and winter.
Unlike winters, in summers, they need more water. According to an estimate, about once to thrice a week is a nice frequency for spring and summer. Howbeit, make sure don’t overwater or underwater them.
If you notice anything like overwatering or underwater indications, make changes in your schedule. It would be better if you use the “soak and dry” method. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering again.
While watering any plant, never let water stand on a rosette to prevent rotting and fungal diseases. Water directly on the soil. Poor watering habits can cause Wilting, shriveling, and dropping leaves.
They are native to semi-deserted areas like Central America, Mexico, and Argentina. They used to flourish in full sun and hot weather conditions. So, keep your plant in the full sun for approximately six hours each day, throughout the spring season.
Avoid placing your plant in the direct sun during the scorching summers because it will cause sunburn. If the sunburn is severe, they will not go on their own. You have to cut the head so that the plant can regrow from the stalk.
During winter or colder days, place your plant near the window that gets light most of the time. If your plant doesn’t receive enough sunlight, it will be stretched, laggy, and lose color.
A combination of full sun and colder nights is essential for plants to bring out their bright color. Keep your Echeveria in sunlight to maintain its beautiful shape and beauty.
Soil is another crucial element for growing any succulent plant. As discussed earlier, if wet soil sets in the roots for a long time, it can rot the roots.
Well-drained porous soil is best for growing echeveria devotion. Many planters create a mixture of soil and perlite. If you don’t want to make your mixture, you can go for good-quality potting soil or a cactus mix.
It is best to create mounds for the succulents planted in the ground. But if you’re harvesting them in a container. Use a container that has holes so extra water can flow out easily.
If your soil doesn’t dry well, you can mix perlite, pumice, or cross sand. You can use actual sand, but it should be thick-grained. Fine sand chokes the air coming from the soil. If you want to keep your plant healthy and fresh for several years, often re-pot them and change the soil every couple of years.
They are native to hot regions, so they can’t survive in freezing temperatures and humidity. If you live in areas that experience freezing weather, you can enjoy them indoors. Generally, the household temperature should be 21 degrees centigrade for any Echeveria plant.
Avoid placing them in the moist places of your home, such as near the laundry side and bathrooms. People who want to enjoy them only in their gardens can plant a new Echeveria every spring.
Generally, Echeveria plants don’t need any fertilizer. They can grow natively in soil with poor nutrients. But if you want to add any fertilizer, use it at the start of the spring season. Before using fertilizer, dilute it 2 to 4 times.
Excessive use of fertilizer can burn them. Try to use a low nitrogen mix or a cactus fertilizer.
Echeveria doesn’t need repotting until it is outgrown from the pot. You have many options for choosing a pot to plant an Echeveria. Go for the smallest size possible instead of larger. A pot that is bigger than the root ball is best.
Larger containers mean more soil in the pot leading to the risks of rots- excessive dry soil before potting into a new container. Find a pot that looks great, whether large or small. The start of the spring is the best season to re-pot devotion echeveria because they actively grow in the spring season.
Usually, this succulent plant doesn’t need pruning. When you see the roots are laggy and elongated, you can do pruning to avoid losing its gorgeous compact shape.
Echeveria Devotion Propagation
The succulent plants are easy to propagate. You can effortlessly propagate into any pot, container, or in your garden.
Usually, the Echeveria plants can be propagated by the following types.
- Propagation through leaf-cuttings
- Through offsets
Propagation through leaf-cuttings:
The easiest and the most common way to propagate is through leaves. Go for the leaf-cutting step when you want to have the greatest number of plants within a short duration.
In this phase, you have to gently pull off the leaves, make sure the leaf is healthy. The damaged or discolored leaf may not be able to survive. Try to take more than one leaf. Take a leaf base that is attached to the stem. The survival chances without base leaves are less.
Let them dry for a few days. Repot them in flat soil instead of sticking them in the soil. Try to place them in shady areas, not in the direct sunlight. It may cause shrivels and burns. If you live in a dry climate, moist them with the spray bottle when you feel the soil is dry. After about four weeks, you’ll see the pink petals thriving from the cut.
Propagation through offsets:
When you observe that the roots of your Echeveria are almost half the size of the mother plant, you can gently remove them with your fingers or use a sharp knife.
Place offsets into the top of fresh soil. Do not water them until you feel the soil is dry. Usually, the fresh soil doesn’t dry soon, but it may happen if you live in a dry climate. Don’t water them until they form a callus. This is a tissue that protects them from diseases and rot.
Also, try to avoid placing them in direct sunlight. Shady areas are recommended. Now, wait until the root begins to form.
Echeveria devotion is native to deserted areas from Mexico, Argentina, and southwestern central America. An elegant plant with a warm burgundy color along with green leaves. Its soft and velvety touch makes it unique from other succulents.
Bright sunlight and proper watering make your plants happy. Your first family members are safe because it has no toxic effects. Remember that it is not safe to eat but can be used as decoration on wedding cakes. Echeveria is from hot regions which is why they cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.