Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is a perennial evergreen succulent with the original species being native to Mexico. Topsy Turvy is a mutation of the original form, and the first mutation was in cultivation in California. Plants form clumps and freely produce offsets. The grey-green spatulate leaves are found in rosettes that are 3 inches (7.6 cm) long by 1 inch (2.5 cm) across. Plants will reach 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) across and 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) in height. They are very fast growers. This is a very striking succulent in containers or in the landscape and is very easy to grow. Plants are hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
Blooming: The plants bloom in the fall with tall arching racemes of bright reddish orange flowers. They are very showy when in bloom.
Culture: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' do best in full sun to light shade, or very high interior lighting with a well drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of equal parts of loam and sand, with small gravel added to ensure good drainage. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry thoroughly before watering again. This is very important for plant health, as the most likely cause of plant die back is over watering. We fertilize the plants once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. During winter months, water is restricted to only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Propagation: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is propagated by removal of offset and by division of large clumps.
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' was featured as Plant of the Week November 28-December 4, 2008.
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