Echeveria pulvinata or Plush Plant, a native of Southern Mexico, is an interesting Echeveria. Leaves are covered in fine white hairs that give the plant a silvery appearance when the sun hits the plant. They reach about 8 inches (20 cm) in nature and in containers.
Blooming Time: In summer, orange-red flowers appear at the tips of the plant.
Culture: Echeveria pulvinata need full sun to partial shade and warm temperatures. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts sand to 1 part loam to 1 part peat moss. Echeveria pulvinata should be watered well and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. The plants are native to nutrient poor soil, so fertilizer is not needed. In the winter months, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Too much water during the winter will cause the roots to rot.
Propagation: Echeveria pulvinata are propagated by division in spring or by leaf and stem cuttings. Leaf cuttings can be taken at anytime of the year. Carefully remove the leaves from the stem making sure to get some stem tissue. Leaves are then laid on top of the soil or slightly inserted into the soil. New plant emerges from the stem side of the leaf in 4 to 6 weeks.
Echeveria pulvinata was featured as Plant of the Week June 28-July 4, 2002.
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