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Care of the plant Echeveria pulvinata or Chenille Plant.

Care of the plant Echeveria pulvinata or Chenille Plant

The genus Echeveria, family Crassulaceae, includes 400 species of succulent plants native to Central America, Mexico and northwestern South America. Some species are: Echeveria pulvinata, Echeveria glauca, Echeveria gibbiflora, Echeveria elegans, Echeveria agavoides, Echeveria runyonii, Echeveria setosa, Echeveria pilosa, Echeveria shaviana, Echeveria derenbergii.

Common names: Chenille Plant, Ruby Blush, Ruby Slippers, Red Velvet. This species is native to Oaxaca, Mexico.

They are small succulent plants with spatulate oval leaves ending in a slight point and are covered with a fine layer of white hairs that give them a velvety appearance. The red or orange flowers appear on long flower stalks and last quite a long time. They bloom from spring to early summer.

They are used in pots for terraces and balconies and in rockeries with other succulents. The flowers are used to create floral decorations.

Echeveria pulvinata can grow in full sun (it takes on reddish tones) or in light shade (it remains greener) exposure. They resist the cold up to 5 ºC.

The soil can be a normal substrate with 20% sand and 20% leaf or peat mulch. The transplant is done in early spring.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry. Do not wet the leaves. In winter it's better not to water.

Fertilize every 15 days, during spring and early summer, with mineral fertilizer for cacti.

Prune off wilted flower stems.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests but sensitive to fungal diseases if there is excess humidity.

They propagate by leaf cuttings or from the suckers produced by the mother plant.

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Echeveria pulvinata
Echeveria pulvinata
Echeveria pulvinata
Echeveria pulvinata