There is no doubt that succulents are among the most popular and admired plants. The thick fleshy leaves and attractive appearances are what make them stand out. Among all these beautiful succulents, we are introducing yet another, the Echeveria pulidonis plant.
Pale-green fleshy leaves with red edges and pointed tips join to form medium-sized rosettes. Each broadleaf is flat at the base and somewhat concave at the inner side.
Moreover, the plant blooms beautiful yellowish flowers on long stalks protruding out from the corners of the rosettes. This further enhances the beauty of the Pulidonis in the warm season. Finding it interesting? Keep reading to learn more about Pulido’s Echeveria Plant.
Echeveria Pulidonis Classification
Species: E. pulidonis
This genus of about 150 flowering plants is popular for its beauty and easy-to-care nature. These features not only make them famous but are also responsible for winning the American horticulture award.
These plants are found in unique appearances and sizes. Moreover, each of them has thick and fleshy water-retaining leaves, which is another popular feature of this genus.
Common Name: Pulido’s Echeveria.
Features of Echeveria Pulidonis Plant
The mature rosettes have a diameter of about 5 to 7 inches.
The pale bluish-green leaves are thick and fleshy, the typical succulent leaves. The tips are red and pointed with reddish borders throughout the leaf edges.
Echeveria pulidonis Flower
Beautiful yellow flowers grow on long stalk-like structures. These stalks give a distinct bent look due to the weight of the flowers.
Echeverias are generally known to be non-toxic for us and pets. Howbeit, it is better to keep an eye on kids and pets. Better not to allow them to mingle or ingest these plants.
Echeveria Pulidonis Care
These plants are easy to care for, perfect enough for everyone including the newbies. Just a little understanding about the basic Echeveria Care is enough to keep you going for this peep.
Water: Infrequent (after the soil gets dry)
Sun: Full Sun to Partial shade
Fertilizer: Monthly dose in spring and summer
Let us have a better understanding of “How to care for the Echeveria Pulidonis plant’.
Follow the common ‘soak and dry’ method here. It works as soaking the soil thoroughly and letting it get dry before the next watering.
The newbies can keep an eye on the soil or can even check by finger for its dryness. Once you understand the drying pattering, you can finally estimate a watering schedule.
It is easy to understand that the water requirement of the echeveria pulidonis plant will depend upon many factors. These factors include temperature, humidity, and sunlight availability for the plant. The plant will need more water in high temperatures and bright sun.
In the majority of growth zones, the suitable watering frequency falls between once to thrice a week for warm days. On the other hand, watering the plant once every three to four weeks is enough for the fall and winter. The outdoor peeps will not need help from you here especially in areas with rains. These rains will be enough to suffice for the plant watering requirements.
- Over-watering is one of the biggest enemies of succulents. Soggy and mucky soil can attract fungus and root rot. So, make sure you don’t water again unless the soil gets dry.
- Secondly, another important point is to avoid using cold water. It is better for the plant’s health to use very mild lukewarm water, especially in winter.
- Thirdly, make sure you water the soil only and not the rosette. Any water standing at the base of the rosette can attract issues like fungus and root rot. So, be careful while watering and avoid drenching the rosette.
Just like the majority of other Echeverias, this one too needs to be in bright indirect sun. Medium-lit places are also good enough.
A few hours of the direct morning sun are tolerable but never in the peak hours. Yes, they have poor resistance to strong direct sun. It can scorch out the fleshy leaves which if gone unchecked can even kill the plant.
Echeveria pulidonis have poor resistance to cold and frost. Besides stunting the growth, a temperature below 50 F can even kill the plant. So, make sure you bring the outdoor peeps to some warm indoor point before the middle of the fall. This is more important for people living in colder and frosty regions.
An estimated temperature range for all the members of the genus is between 60 and 80 F. For an easy understanding, the comfortable room temperature for you will be good enough for your succulent plant as well.
The thick succulent leaves of the echeveria pulidonis plant make them good to go without any additional demand for humidity. Just a normal moisture level in the atmosphere and the plant will be good to go.
However, in some dry zones, the heating systems in the winter may absorb the moisture of the room. In case you feel dryness for yourself, try using a humidifier to combat dryness.
Quick-draining and well-aerated soils are what you need for succulents and Echeverias. The common garden soil will be enough for the outdoor plants. While you can use a common succulent or cactus mix for indoor plantation.
A good quality fertilizer used once a month in spring and summer is a good fertilizing plan. Just keep the dosage in low concentration, preferably half of the stated dose. This will help you to avoid over-fertilization which can burn the foliage or even kill the plant.
Another important part of avoiding over-fertilizing is to stop feeding the echeveria pulidonis after the end of the summer. The reason behind this is the dormancy of the Echeverias. The sleeping plants have minimum nutritional requirements. So, any extra feeding can harm the plant instead of doing any good.
The outer leaves should be removed if you see them getting damaged. This will give a fresh look and a healthy appearance to the plant.
The majority of Echeverias are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11 b.
Echeveria Pulidonis Propagation
Another fact to love succulents is their ease of propagation. Let us have a look at the common methods:
Division of Clumps
Succulents spread by growing baby plants attached to the base of the mother. These platelets are known as clumps, chicks, or puppies. When you wish to propagate, you simply cut them out and replant them as individual plants.
Spring and summer are the ideal and the only seasons for propagation. When the adult plants produced clumps, it’s time you can use them for enhancing your collection.
Loose the soil around the pup and cut the link with a sterilized knife. Cut the connecting stem and the pup out. Be very gentle as you don’t want to damage the roots.
Plant the pups in dry well-draining soil or growing mixture.
Propagation by Leaves
This is another easy but time taking method. However, you don’t need to wait for the maturity of the plant to form pups.
- Just take a few leaves and place them over a slightly moist growing mixture.
- Cover the pot with a lid or polyethene sheet. Don’t forget to make a few wholes on the cover to ensure the passage of air.
- After a month or more, the leaflets will develop baby roots. Removing them carefully and replanting them is the next step before you wait for the development.
This initial care is for both types of echeveria pulidonis propagations described above. The initial week after the plantation needs to avoid heavy watering. Once the newly planted ones get rooted properly, you can finally follow the care as mentioned in the previous section.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let us clarify the common questions about Pulido’s Echeveria Plant.
How often do you water Pulido’s Echeveria?
The basic principle of succulent watering is well-applied here. Just ‘water the soil deeply and wait for the soil to get dry before watering again. Now, to find the suitable watering frequency of your region, you have to observe the drying pattern of the soil. Keep an eye on it and water right after the soil looks completely dry.
In a growing zone with an average temperature, about once to thrice is enough for spring and summer. However, never water the sleeping peep in excess. Watering them once is enough for three to four weeks in fall and winter.
How to propagate Pulido’s Echeveria?
This is easy to propagate succulent. You can follow the famous and quick method of division and replanting the clumps or puppies. Secondly, you can also root the leaves and plant them in your desired place. For a detailed explanation, please see the Propagation section in the article above.
Echeveria pulidonis is a Mexican native rosette-forming succulent. The leaves are pale green with reddish borders and red-pointed tips. All of these are flat wide from the base and slightly concave from the upper inner side.
These plants are easy to care for and propagate. Bright indirect sun and careful watering are what you need to keep them happy. Moreover, you can propagate them easily by following any of the methods like division or by rooting the leaves.