Echeveria? Looks good or bad?

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, ALMarch 23, 2013

Got this plant a couple months ago, an Echeveria I think. A lot of the lower leaves fell off about a week later, probably got pretty cold at night at the store before I bought it.

I've been putting it out in the sun on days about 65 or warmer, and am not sure if it's looking better or worse. The new leaves are pointing up while the older ones are (and were, but not as much) pointing more down.

There are some weird spots on 2 of the stems. Any thoughts?

Is that a sunburn spot on one of the leaves? It doesn't feel any different than any other leaf.

It's in the peat it came in still, I've been letting it get very dry before watering, not getting water on the leaves but it's possible that a drop got on that one leaf while it was in the sun. Would that cause a spot like that?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Another angle.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Is that stem on the right cause for concern?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:48AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

This stem is the one on the left in the pic above.

Would it be possible to sever the nice-looking tips to root, or is it necessary to do single leaves?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:50AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Purp,

Yes, it's a Ech (don't know which) & I think broadly speaking it looks good. Echeveria are Crassulacae, & therefore cousins of Jades (Crassula ovata), so pls. consider remembering all you've heard & read abt mixes for Jades. I think this mix is horrid for it & likely hindering plants which otherwise seem to be working hard.

Dings, marrs, leave damage is (to me) far less a concern than the bad mix this is in. That's where I'd put my efforts. Also I'd consider maybe a bit larger pot & maybe even clay. All that said Purple, I did wish to say most folks I know struggle when growing these indoors, you have the luxury of moving them outdoors when weather allows & they should do well for you. Eches are mostly Mexican so pls, consider that & know they can & do want full, direct sun (after gradual exposure of course).

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hey PG, thanks! You know I hate this peat, but I don't want to repot and then un/repot again to complete the mini gardens, so trying to keep these plants happy as they are. The weather is not cooperating with the schedule I had in mind, I'm sure I'm in abundant and widespread company on that! I keep shuffling them in/out, and may have to get sheets out Tuesday night to cover some things. Sheesh!!!

I love the pretty color it's getting from getting outside some lately. The inside/outside thing you mentioned makes your advice especially helpful in certain ways, I appreciate it!

You also know I'm in remission from my overwatering addiction, so have only watered this when I think it will blow away outside if I don't.

I'd like to root the tips of these plants, the top 4-6 leaves on each. Would the tips keep growing as is, or make a new little plant come up from the new roots? ...or both? What would the mama stumps "do?"

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 3:12PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

It looks fine to me. I would root that one stem though if it was me. but it is not necessary

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 3:32PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hey, TG, I know it's not necessary. I just think the bottom part of these stems are kind of ugly, abused, and the vigorous tips with the leaves pointing up would be much cuter in a mini garden. One way to find out...

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:20AM
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