Echeveria Fabiola is one of the rarest house plants belonging to the Crassulaceae family. The spade-shaped grey-green colored leaves with red tips growing in the form of rosette make it a worthy selection for all plant enthusiasts.
You only need to provide abundant light and occasional water and enjoy its spectacular beauty throughout the year. The small and low-maintenance plant also acts as an effective purifier. The only thing you must avoid is frosting conditions.
Classification of Echeveria Fabiola
Origin of Plant
Echeveria Fabiola is considered a hybrid of Echeveria purpusorum and Echeveria derenbergii.
Features of Echeveria Fabiola
Quick Plant Features:
Common name: Echeveria Fabiola
Plant life cycle: Perennial
Plant habit: Succulent
Growth habit/shape: Rosettes
Leaf color: Grey/green
Flower color: Orange
Preferable zone: 9b-11b -3.9 °C (20 F)
The spectacular beauty of Echeveria Fabiola is because of its compact rosette-forming leaves. The thick and fleshy spade-shaped leaves with velvety appearance forming tight clusters make it easily recognizable as Echeveria.
The small plant with mostly grey-green colored leaves and red tips makes it best for adorning any corner or windowsill of your house.
The perennial plant like other succulents keeps embellishing your house throughout the year. These evergreen plants maintain their freshness throughout the year.
The height of a mature Echeveria Fabiola is 4 inches whereas its width is 6 inches.
The flowers of Fabiola Echeveria are orange-red in color and they appear on the short stalks. And these stalks emerge from compact rosette leaves. Being a polycarpic species, Fabiola can bloom flowers more than one time a year.
Flowering generally consumes a significant amount of plant energy; therefore, it is recommended that in case of weak or sick plants, the flower stalks should be removed.
It is a slow-growing plant, therefore, any one of you fond of succulents must have to wait patiently for relishing its full beauty.
It is a durable plant as its life span may range from 3 years to many decades.
You need not worry about this perennial succulent plant as it can thrive beautifully throughout the year with only a little care and time.
The winter season is classified as a dormant period in the case of all succulent plants. Therefore, like its other family members, Echeveria Fabiola goes into a dormant stage during the winter season.
The only thing you need to do during the winter season is avoid frosting temperature and change its position from outdoor to indoor environment.
Air purification is one of the most special attributes of all succulent plants and similar attributes are also present in Fabiola Echeveria. So, keeping this succulent plant will not only adorn your house spectacularly but also make the surrounding air worth breathing.
You can keep this plant anywhere within or outside your house without worrying about your pets or children. This succulent plant is nontoxic and possesses friendly nature with all living beings.
Echeveria Fabiola Care
A quick care guide:
Light: Full sun to partial shade
pH: 5.5-6.0 Acidic
Soil: Well-drained and fertile
Fertilizer: Sparingly after diluting it
Light is one of the basic necessities of all succulent plants. The endemic succulent plant can thrive both in bright direct sunlight and partial shade. The provision of sunlight 6-hours a day is critical for the growth of this plant. Without this light, the plant will either start stretching or losing its attractive compact form.
The plant thrives beautifully in well-draining and fertile soil. You can use a mixture of succulent soils and well-draining cactus with 50-70% mineral grit like perlite, pumice, and coarse sand.
The occasional or infrequently watering your plant is enough for fulfilling its water needs. You must adopt a cautious attitude while watering your plant as it can survive dry soils to some extent, however, cannot survive excessive water. Therefore, the best way to water it like other succulents is the soak and dry method.
This perennial plant is fond of warm climates. However, it cannot tolerate frosting temperature. Therefore, during the winter season, you must transfer your plant from the outdoor to the indoor environment.
Like other succulent plants, Echeveria Fabiola does not demand fertilizer recurrently. The sparing addition of fertilizer after diluting it 2-4 times is enough for its optimum growth.
Your plant does not require frequent repotting; therefore, you only need to repot your plant when it doubles in size as compared to the original size. And it happens at least within one year.
The preferable time for repotting is the warm season and you must also ensure that the soil of the container is dry. During this process, you must remove the old soil from roots and also eradicate dead or rotted roots.
Pruning gives a fresh and attractive appearance to your houseplant. However, this succulent plant does not require pruning at often. You only have to prune it in case dead leaves are found at the bottom of the plant.
Echeveria Fabiola Propagation
Propagating Echeveria Fabiola is one of the simplest tasks. The propagation can be done through a variety of methods i.e., stem cuttings leave cuttings or seeds. Anyone of you having this perennial plant can increase the number of these plants by following the simplest method using stem cuttings.
- Choose a healthy stem for propagating your Fabiola.
- Cut it softly with the help of sterilized and clean scissors.
- Now let the stem dry and after drying it is ready to be planted
- While planting always place it 2 inches deep within the soil
- Water the soil properly
- Again, water the plant only in case the upper layer of soil gets dry
- After a few weeks, new roots will start coming and it indicates that you have propagated your plant successfully.
All individuals enthusiastic about having a succulent plant must know about common issues and problems faced by Fabiola Echeveria. The most common problems generally arise due to an inappropriate supply of water or light.
For instance, in case of over-watering or presence of water on the surface of rosettes can encourage fungal or bacterial attack. The pest attack can lead to rotting or mushy leaves. Moreover, dead leaves within the plant should also be removed timely as it will act as a haven for different pests.
Similarly, under-watering is injurious for plant growth as well and it may lead to withering or wrinkling of leaves. The presence of adequate bright light is also necessary for the optimum growth of this plant. As both excess or absence of adequate light influence the plant growth negatively.
The best way to avoid these problems is to provide adequate water and light to your plant. In case the problem has arisen then removing the dead leaves or washing the leaves with neem oil or antiseptic soap may help.
Echeveria Fabiola, a dwarf, friendly, and low-maintenance plant are one of the most spectacular succulent plants. You can easily grow it by providing abundant light and occasional water. The plant can survive dry soils, however, excessive water or frosting temperature is lethal for its growth.