Echeveria Agavoides “Lipstick Succulent”

Echeveria agavoides
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Echeveria agavoides is an unusual and beautiful succulent that most people call a “Mexican Hens & Chicks” because of its baby plantlets on the mother’s body.

There are many different varieties of Echeverias, so don’t be fooled by just one! Make sure to research what the plant needs before buying, as some need more water than others.

Echeveria agavoides is a drought-tolerant succulent that can tolerate almost any light conditions. They are easy to propagate and will root in water or soil.

Propagation may be done by cutting the plant into sections with healthy roots, allowing them to dry for three days then placing the cut end side down in a pot of soil. Echeveria agavoides is easy to care for, requiring only the occasional watering if it starts to dry out and good sunlight or artificial light.

Origin and distribution

Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria agavoides is a member of the Crassulaceae family. It originates from the Mexican state Baja California Norte, between latitude 26°N and 27°N in elevation 250-700 meters (800 ft. – 2100 ft.).

The plant is found on rocky slopes within dry forests or semi-deserts.

Echeverias are the most commonly grown succulents in Central and South America. They are popular because they come in a wide range of colors, shapes, sizes and textures.

Echeverias grow as epiphytes on trees or rocks where water collects during the rainy season and then evaporates during the dry months. This gives them their succulent texture that is able to store water for long periods of time.

How to propagate Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria agavoides

Propagation is easy and can be accomplished in two ways: dividing the plant or taking cuttings. A mature Echeveria agavoides will produce a large number of offsets that are ready to be plucked off and potted up with minimal effort.

When propagating by division, simply dig down around the outside perimeter of the plant to find where new offsets are forming. Gently pull them off and pot up in a well-draining soil mix with plenty of coarse sand.

Alternatively, take cuttings from one or more tips that have been grown for a year or two until they produce roots on their own. Cuttings should be taken during the spring or summer months and should be from the previous growing season. Strip off any leaves that are above soil level, leaving at least one leaf on the bottom of the cutting to help it establish roots. Allow cuttings to dry for a day before potting up in well-draining soil mix with coarse sand added.

Do not allow cuttings to dry for more than a day or they will not root.

Propagation method

The propagation method chosen should also depend on the purpose of propagating Echeveria agavoides – is it simply to increase the number of plants in an existing garden, or are you trying to create hybrid varieties? If all that’s needed is an increase in numbers, then division will be a better choice because it is less time-consuming and requires minimal effort.

If the goal of propagation is to create new varieties with different color or form characteristics than the parent plant, then cuttings should be taken for that purpose. Division can still be used if someone wants more plants but may not have the time or desire to take cuttings.

If you are hoping for a hybrid variety with different color characteristics and form, then it’s best to use cuttings taken from one of these varieties that has already established roots on its own. Division may be used if an individual wants more plants but does not want new variations in color.

While propagation is the easiest way to increase Echeveria agavoides numbers, it can be time-consuming when propagating in a large garden with many plants. For this reason, cuttings taken from one of these varieties are often used for creating new hybrids that exhibit different colors and forms than the parent plant.

General care information

Echeveria agavoides

Light requirements

Echeveria agavoides will grow in full, indirect light conditions. Direct sunlight is too strong for this species and it should not be grown outdoors or close to a window with direct sun exposure.

The right kind of indoor lighting can also work well as long as the plant is provided enough natural light throughout the day.

Moreover, the plant should not be placed under an air-conditioning vent. This will dry out the soil and may result in leaf loss or stress to a new head of growth.

Soil/potting mix requirements

Echeveria agavoides will not grow well in a potting mix with more than 40% peat moss. It is important to use the correct soil mixture for this plant or it may dry out very quickly, loose leaves and develop brown tips on new growth.

The best kind of potting mix that can be used with Echeveria agavoides is a cactus potting mix containing 60% inorganic material and 40% organic material.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer should be applied, on a monthly basis, from late winter to early summer. Fertilizing is not required during other times of the year.

The best type of fertilizer for this species is an all-purpose plant food that does not contain nitrogen (at least 25%) or any phosphorus content because both nutrients are too strong for the plant.

It is important to read the instructions on the plant food label to know how much fertilizer should be applied each time as this will vary depending on what kind of fertilizing schedule you are following.

Watering

Echeveria agavoides

Echeveria agavoides will not need to be watered every day but rather when the soil has dried out. The best way to tell if your plant needs water is by feeling how dry it is; if you can feel that there are still moist spots in between the potting mix, then you should wait for a few days before watering.

If you water the plant too often, it may rot because your soil will not have enough air to dry out and this can lead to root problems or leaf yellowing.

Temperature

Echeveria agavoides will grow well in temperature ranges from 15°C to 30°C.

It is important not to expose your plant to temperatures below 12°C, because this may lead to stunted growth or leaf yellowing. Exposure of the plant’s roots should also be avoided when there are periods with a sudden change of temperature.

Echeveria agavoides will not grow well in temperatures above 33°C because this may also lead to stunted growth or leaf yellowing.

Humidity

Echeveria agavoides will grow well in humid conditions, but it is not necessary for the humidity to be higher than 50%.

If you want to increase the humidity around your plant, then make sure that there are no open windows or doors and use a small amount of water every day. This should help keep moisture levels high enough.

Repotting

Echeveria agavoides can be repotted whenever the roots have filled up your container.

The best time to do this is in spring and summer because it will help stimulate new growth, but you should not pot too early as this may lead to root problems. You should also beware of over-potting (i.e., potting too deep) because this may lead to root rot.

The best container for Echeveria agavoides is a pot with drainage holes; the bottom of your container should have at least one inch of air available.

If you repot in winter, make sure that the new soil mixture has been warmed up before putting it in the pot.

Pruning

Echeveria agavoides should not be pruned because this will lead to a loss of leaves.

The best time for the plant to flower is at night, which can happen in spring and summer when there are periods with plenty of water or after long periods without any watering.

If you want your Echeveria agavoides to produce more flowers, then you should expose the plant to a long night period. If your Echeveria agavoides is not flowering regularly, make sure that it has plenty of light and water as well as good air circulation – these are all important factors

Growth rate

Echeveria agavoides will grow between one and two inches in height per year.

The plant will start to produce flowers when it is at least three years old, which means that you should refrain from repotting it until this age so that the roots have enough room to grow.

Hardiness zone

Echeveria agavoides will grow in hardiness zones between 14°F and 30°F.

It is not the best idea to expose this plant to temperatures below freezing, which may cause it to freeze or die from frost damage. If you live above these two hardiness zones, then your Echeveria agavoides will need to be kept indoors.

The best way to protect your plant from frost damage is by mulching the soil around it and adding a layer of protection over the top, such as straw or leaves. This should also help maintain an appropriate temperature for Echeveria agavoides.

If you live below 14°F, then your plant should be brought inside and kept in a bright area with plenty of airflows.

If you live above 30°F, then try to keep your Echeveria agavoides outside as much as possible; it will need to experience some cold periods so that is can continue growing well year-round.

After the winter, the plant will need to go through a process of cold hardening in order for it to grow well again.

If you live between 14°F and 30°F, then your Echeveria agavoides should be protected from frost by mulching or adding a layer of protection over the top

Toxicity

Echeveria agavoides is not toxic. If you get any of the plant’s sap on your skin, then just wash it off with water or soap without rubbing excessively to avoid causing irritation.

Pests and diseases

Echeveria agavoides is susceptible to the following pests: Sooty mold, spider mites, and scale.

It may also be prone to stem rot (especially if it has been over-potted) or leaf-spotting disease.

If you are worried about these problems in your plant then you should use any of the following: neem oil, horticultural oils, or insecticidal soaps.


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