August Succulent: Echeveria Minima Hybrid
Echeveria Minima hybrid are the little black dress of the succulent world. These beauties form tiny rosettes with chubby, light blue leaves with frosty rose tips. Echiveria require bright light to maintain their compact form, making it a great fit for a south window or, if you don’t get a lot of light in your home you can supplement with a lamp with a plant bulb. Make sure to plant it in high drainage soil like cactus mix or make your own cactus mix by mixing potting soil with sand or rocks. Water lightly once a week during the growing season using a spray bottle to wet the soil, avoiding the foliage. Echeveria Minima Hybrids are not frost or cold tolerant, so if you take your plant out on a hot day, don’t forget to bring it in at night to keep it from getting too cold.
Echeveria Minima Hybrid need bright light to maintain their compact form . Remember to transition into direct light slowly to avoid sun-burning your plant. If you don’t have a window that gets at least four hours of bright light, grow lights have become more compact and easier to use than ever and are a great way to supplement light. If your Echevarria starts to get a little “leggy” you can trim it back and a new rosette will form, but it’s best to maintain bright light and avoid the problem all together. We reccomend these if you need a grow bulb.
During the summer water when the soil has completely dried out – about once a week, We recommend using a spray bottle to avoid over watering or getting water in the leaves. If there is a lot of humidity in your home you may want to water even less. You can tell if your plant needs water by checking the firmness of the leaves. If the leaves feel soft or are starting to shrivel like an old grape, it is time to water your plant. In the winter watering can be stretched out to just often enough to avoid shriveling. Planting in a small well-draining container with cactus mix or a moderately dry blend of potting soil and sand will help you avoid over watering. If you have a pot with a hole and a dish under it make sure to empty water from the dish afterwards.
Eheveria Minima Hybrid can be fertilized a monthly during the Summer. Over fertilizing can result in “leggy” plants that aren’t as durable, however, so less is more with this plant. During the Fall and Winter the plant is dormant and will not require fertilizer.
Long Term Care
Echeveria Minima Hybrid do not do well as an outdoor plant, but they can last for years indoors if they are kept warm and dry. Repot in the spring when they have used the nutrients in the soil or have out grown their container.
Echeveria are not toxic to your pets or kids.