How to Grow and Care for Echeveria Green Abalone
Written by Gabrielle Smith
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The Echeveria Green Abalone is a popular succulent native to the desert-like climates of Central and South America, and is relatively easy to care for!
Known for its unique color, with blue/green rounded leaves that grow in a rosette formation, this will make a striking addition to any plant collection.
|Botanical Name:||Echeveria 'Green Abalone'|
|Common Name(s):||Echeveria Green Abalone|
|Place of Origin:||Central America, Southwestern South America and Texas|
|Sun Exposure:||Direct sun|
|Watering Schedule:||Every 14 days|
|Seasonality (best time to plant):||Year-round|
|Toxicity:||Safe for cats and dogs|
Like most succulents, the Echeveria 'Green Abalone' doesn't require frequent waterings. Deeply water your plant every 2 weeks with ½ a cup of water or until the top inch of soil is moist.
Rule of (Green) Thumb: Ensure that your Echeveria’s soil is completely dry before watering again.
Your Echeveria should be placed in a location where it receives direct sun. Direct Sun is the most intense form of light that your plant will receive from indoors as they will be directly exposed to the sun's rays in this spot!
The ideal indoor location for your Echeveria is in front of, or within 2-3 feet from a southern or western-facing window.
If you don't have the right lighting in your home, you can also grow these succulents using a grow light!
Rule of (Green) Thumb: When exposed to enough sunlight, the leaves of the Echeveria Green Abalone will turn pink!
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Echeveria Green Abalone Temperature & Humidity Needs
An ideal temperature for your Echeveria is between 60°F and 85°F. Although the Echeveria prefers moderate to high temperatures, it can handle moderate to lower temperatures at night - This means that the average house temperature will be ideal for your Echeveria.
In addition to high temperatures the Echeveria also prefers low humidity. Low humidity is between levels of 20 and 35 percent. If your home is prone to higher humidity levels, make sure to set up a fan or dehumidifier near your plant, this will increase air circulation and lower the humidity levels.
Echeveria Green Abalone Soil & Fertilizer
The ideal soil for your Echeveria is sandy soil. Sandy soil is a light and dry soil usually high in acidity and low in nutrients. This type of soil drains quickly and is best used when paired with a high nutrient fertilizer.
Since the Echeveria is considered a low maintenance plant, it only requires fertilization once a year during spring. The best fertilizer to use for your Echeveria is a slow-release fertilizer.
A slow-release fertilizer is one in which your plant is receiving a slow, steady amount of nutrients over time rather than all at once. Slow-release fertilizers come in both organic and non-organic forms.
Organic fertilizers add nutrients to the soil by breaking it down and causing decomposition. Non-organic fertilizers are typically made from chemicals such as sulfur polymers or plastic-based resin. These chemicals also work to break down the water, heat, and sunlight of the soil to cause decompostion.
Echeveria Green Abalone Repotting
The Echeveria growth rate is relatively slow. It is recommended that you repot this plant once every 3 years or once its pot is looking a little tight!
Rule of (Green) Thumb: Don’t be too quick to repot plants, it can be super stressful for them so only do it when you are certain they would benefit from a change of scenery!
The easiest way to propagate your Echeveria Green Abalone is via cutting. Start propagation during the warmer months of spring due to the increased natural sunlight.
Ensure you cut about 20 to 30 cm of a healthy leaf of your Echeveria. Once you have your cutting, place it in a well-draining pot with cactus soil combined with coarse sand (use a 2:1 ratio).
Be sure that your cuttings are receiving filtered sun and water about once a week or when the soil is dry.
Rule of (Green) Thumb: Propagation is the process of multiplying plants and can be split into two different categories. There is sexual propagation that is through seeds and planting seedlings and then there is asexual propagation which is through taking cuttings of your plant to place in soil or water to grow as its own plant.
1. Root Rot - Root rot is primarily caused by overwatering and not allowing your plant to properly drain. A major sign of root rot is mushy roots and moldy soil. In order to check for mushy roots is to take your plant out of its pot and check the roots themselves! Healthy roots have a white appearance. If the roots appear a black or brown color and a slimy texture then they are definitely suffering from root rot!
2. Scale, Mealy Bugs, & Thrips - Scale, Mealy Bugs, and Thrips are common pests that can cause growth and health issues for your Echeveria. These pests typically begin their infestation at the base of the plant’s leaves and feed on the fluids inside the leaves. The best way to protect your plant from these pests is by regularly removing all dead leaves from the pot and removing dust from leaves using a damp cloth or a direct spray of water to wash them off your plant.
Echeveria Green Abalone Toxicity
Luckily, the Echeveria is not poisonous to cats and dogs! Your fur babies will be safe living with these plants in your home.