Echeveria Miranda: Complete Care Guide

Echeveria miranda

Last updated on August 16th, 2022 at 07:57 pm

Echeveria agavoides miranda, more commonly known as Echeveria miranda, is the Latin name of this incredibly popular succulent plant. A relatively new variety of Echeveria, it has been rapidly gaining popularity among home and garden owners due to its compact nature and ease of care

Echeveria miranda is one of the most popular echeverias among succulent enthusiasts. Its compact size and variegated colors, ranging from light green to dark reds and oranges, make it hard to resist this beautiful flowering succulent.

Echeveria Miranda is one of the most popular echeveria species used in landscaping and in home decor.

Its ease of care and elegant colors make it a favorite among succulent gardeners, these Echeveria agavoides miranda care tips will help you keep your plant in tip-top shape for years to come.

Origin and distribution

Echeveria miranda is a species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family. It’s indigenous to regions of Mexico and Central America, but has become widespread as an ornamental plant and even as a weed throughout many other parts of North America.

Some gardeners consider it an invasive plant, though Echeveria miranda will also thrive in areas with favorable growing conditions. This succulent can be found in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 through 12. In these warm climates, it grows outdoors year-round. In cooler regions, you may need to bring your plants indoors during the winter months.

Echeveria miranda propagation

Echeveria miranda

Echeverias (and succulents in general) can easily be propagated at home. Look for stem or leaf cuttings that have developed a few sets of leaves and remove them from their parent plant.

Use a sterilized knife or razor blade to cut them off and let them dry for a few days before planting. They should root within three to four weeks of being potted. You can also buy echeveria plants online, which will likely arrive with small offsets already attached.

These are also an easy way to propagate new plants if you’re not feeling up to doing it yourself. When you receive your plant, simply separate these offsets from their parent plant and pot them separately. Within two months they should develop roots on their own.

As long as you keep them indoors, out of direct sunlight, they should continue to grow indefinitely.

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Echeveria miranda care information

Echeveria miranda

Take good care of your Echeveria Miranda and it will do well. Water should be plentiful, but you need to let it dry out between watering sessions, you don’t want to waterlog your plant.

During winter, when nighttime temperatures fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius), move your plant indoors or protect it from cold with a poncho made from plastic, cardboard, or some other material that breathes.

Light requirement

Echeveria miranda prefers bright light, but no direct sunlight. Use fluorescent lights at least 8 hours a day. If you live in a very sunny area, supplement with sun exposure as much as possible (aim for 10–12 hours of full sun a week).

Don’t place it near a window that receives midday or afternoon sun. The afternoon sun can cause your plant to become overly hot and dry out quickly, the most common reason growers kill their echeverias!

Soil/potting mix

Planting your Echeveria miranda in a soil-based potting mix will give it lots of room to grow and plenty of nutrients. It’s also better for your plant to have lots of room to grow, as long stems can be problematic in pots.

Echeverias need well-draining soil that doesn’t hold too much water; many gardeners recommend adding sand or perlite to a regular potting mix to improve drainage.

Watering

Echeveria miranda plants are succulents, and like many succulents, they grow best when watered sparingly. In general, these plants prefer to be kept on a regular watering schedule.

It’s important not to overwater an echeveria though because they have shallow root systems that can lead to root rot if they get too much water or grow in areas with poor drainage. If you notice your plant is starting to look droopy, it may be time for thorough watering.

A good rule of thumb is to water until you see moisture draining out of the bottom of your pot, then wait two weeks before watering again. This will help prevent over-watering and keep your plant healthy for years to come!

Fertilizer

Echeveria miranda is typically a low-maintenance plant, but they do require regular watering and occasional feeding. Fertilizing echeverias once a month with a dilute fertilizer solution (about one tablespoon of fertilizer per 10 gallons of water) will help them thrive.

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Apply fertilizer in spring and summer, but avoid fertilizing during hot spells or extended dry periods. If you do fertilize your echeveria in high heat or drought conditions, use a time-release fertilizer to prevent burning.

Some gardeners also report success with foliar feeding their echeverias. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) into 1 gallon of water and spray it onto your plant’s leaves two or three times each week.

Temperature

Echeveria miranda prefers temperatures between 68–75 degrees Fahrenheit during day and night, although they will survive higher or lower for short periods of time. Echeverias are not fussy about temperature and can handle a range from 40 to 90 degrees with no problem as long as it’s above freezing.

Echeverias may drop their leaves if exposed to temperatures below 32 degrees at night, so if you find your plant looking sad during the winter months, move it to a warmer spot indoors until spring returns.

Humidity

Like most succulents, Echeveria Miranda loves a lot of humidity. When possible, you should place your plant on a pedestal above any water containers that might be nearby. If your potting soil is already damp or doesn’t have much drainage, add more sand to increase drainage.

You can also mist your plant with warm water occasionally, just don’t do it so often that you don’t give it time to dry out between mists.

The ideal humidity range is 40-50%. You can measure your plant’s humidity with a hygrometer. If you don’t have one, you can use a simple hand-held hair dryer to increase moisture in your air. Just make sure not to blast it on your plant for too long or it could burn.

Pruning

Once you’ve rooted your succulent, it’s important to prune away any dead or damaged leaves. For new plants, try to minimize damage to roots by cutting them only 1/3 of an inch below each leaf. To help build up a sturdy root system quickly, avoid trimming all at once; rather, cut away damaged leaves periodically throughout its life.

This will reduce stress on your plant and encourage continuous growth. If you notice that some leaves are turning yellow, however, feel free to trim those away, they won’t be able to absorb as much sunlight and may be taking nutrients from other parts of your plant.

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When in doubt about which leaves are causing problems for your echeveria miranda, remove more than you think is necessary until healthy growth resumes.

When to repot

Echeveria miranda

Echeverias enjoy being rootbound, so repot your echeveria only when it becomes necessary. Avoid over or underwatering your echeveria, because it will rot if water is pooling in its soil.

Depending on light and watering requirements, echeverias may need to be repotted every six months to once a year. If you have an echeveria that has outgrown its pot, move it into a larger pot with fresh potting soil.

Repotting an echeveria is easy; simply remove the plant from its old container and place it in a new one filled with fresh potting soil. Water thoroughly after repotting. If you notice any wilted leaves after repotting, reduce watering until new growth appears.

Dormancy/Winter rest

Like many other succulents, Echeveria miranda is a winter grower and needs plenty of warmth. During dormancy, you can leave them out in a sunny spot, or if you have very cool winters where you live (below 32F) they can be brought inside.

Watering during dormancy should be kept to a minimum, just enough to keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy; likewise with fertilizer during dormancy as well.

During a winter rest, Echeveria miranda will stop growing and producing new leaves. This is an important part of their life cycle. During a dormancy period, Echeveria can experience more water loss than normal, which means you’ll need to increase your watering schedule during these months.

When possible, water your Echeveria at least once per week to prevent it from drying out completely. If you live in a dry climate or have difficulty keeping your plants watered regularly, consider placing them on pebble trays or in shallow saucers filled with rocks.

These act as reservoirs for excess water that slowly seeps into the soil over time, keeping roots moistened and preventing them from becoming too dry.

Echeveria miranda flower & fragrance

Echeveria Miranda has a delicate scent and lovely flowers that come out at night. This makes it a great companion for any sort of cactus collection. However, Echeveria miranda is less drought-tolerant than many other succulents, so make sure you water it regularly during dry spells.

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It also needs lots of sunlight to thrive, although indoor settings can work too if they’re brightly lit.

Growth rate

All succulents are different, but in general, echeverias grow slowly. If you want to speed up your plants’ growth rate, try pinching off new growth tips to promote branching. Also, consider providing ample light—this will encourage faster photosynthesis and growth.

Toxicity

Though echeverias are sometimes referred to as Succulents, you should be wary of using them around pets and small children, who may eat them. Echeverias contain a substance called saponin which can poison humans if ingested in high enough quantities.

However, your typical echeveria will not pose any risks to people or animals if grown in a well-lit indoor environment with good air circulation.

USDA hardiness zones

Echeveria miranda thrives best in USDA hardiness zones 10 and 11. It will not survive winters in any other zone. If you live outside of these zones, consider growing echeveria miranda as a houseplant or container plant instead.

Pests and diseases

Echeverias are susceptible to a few diseases, so it’s important to know how to prevent them. Common issues include stem rot, powdery mildew, and leaf spots. To keep your echeveria healthy, keep it away from direct sunlight and plant it in well-drained soil (never water it from overhead).

Keep an eye out for insect infestations, if you see bugs or worms on your plant, spray with neem oil immediately. If you notice any wilting or discoloration of leaves, remove those leaves at once. If your plant becomes infected with disease, discard it; do not try to treat it yourself.

Conclusion

Echeveria Miranda is a beautiful succulent with striking rosettes. Like most succulents, it has a low-maintenance care regimen and is extremely durable, making it an excellent choice for those who don’t have much time to tend to their plants. It also makes a great gift for family or friends, as it can be easily propagated from cuttings.