Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’

Synonyms:

Echeveria x Imbricata ‘Compton Carousel’
Echeveria ‘Imbricata’ f. variegata
Echeveria ‘Lenore Dean’

Habitat:

E. ‘Compton Carousel’ is a hybrid created by J.B. Deleuila and its parents are Echeveria Metallica and Echeveria Glauca.

Description:

E. ‘Compton Carousel’ is succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. The plant has a shrubby habit and tends to grow in tuft. The succulent has a sessile rosette of leaves arranged in spirals and can reach 10 cm in height and 15 cm in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, flat, obovate and slightly pointed at the apex. This plant is very appreciated by collectors for its variety of colors: leaves are glaucous, silver-green in the center and then fade into yellow and pale pink at the margin. The plant like almost all Echeverias is spineless and blooming occurs in early summer. Flowers are yellow orange and are borne by long vertical stalks; at first they are erect and then they curve. The plant is used as planting borders in parks and gardens, but also as a bouquets and centerpiece.

Cultivation:

E. ‘Compton Carousel’ is a rare hybrid, easy to cultivate. The best sun-exposure is full sunlight, and the plant does not like temperatures below 10 °C so it needed to be placed indoors. The soil should be mixed with pumice, clay and loam to allow the drainage and prevent the root rot, the plant is prone to it indeed. Remember to use perforating pot to drain excess water. Watering can be done regularly from March to November: during the vegetative period you can water the plant (every 7 days), checking that the soil is completely dry before watering again; in winter you should stop the watering to allow to the plant to enter dormancy. If you want a faster and lush growth you can fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season with the specifics fertilizers for cacti; stop fertilizing throughout the winter. If the pot starts to be too small for the plant you can repot the plant in a pot 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season with fresh new potting soil. It is important to remove the dead leaves that fall at the base of the stem because otherwise the high humidity level increases the attacks of parasites, Echeverias are susceptible to mealybugs indeed.

Propagation:

Echeverias are one of the easiest succulents to propagate. Because Echeveria ‘Compton Carousel’ is a hybrid, in order not to lose the characteristics of the plant, propagation can only be done by cutting. By cutting you can use leaf cuttings during the spring. Cut the leaves as close as possible to the stem and then let it dry; after a few days the cut surface will dry and a callus will form, then place the cutting in a mixture of sand, soil and pumice. To increase success of propagation you can cut two or more leaves at the same time. For Echeverias, is recommended for cuttings, temperatures around 20 °C.

Curiosity:

The name “Echeveria” comes from Atanasio Echeverria, naturalist, botanist and Mexican artist of the late 1700s who painted and cooperated on the discovery and cataloging Mexico’s natural flora.

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