Echeveria ‘Diamond State’


There are not synonyms for this plant.


Echeveria ‘Diamond State’ is native to semi-desert regions, predominantly found in Central America, Mexico, and northwestern South America. These plants have adapted to thrive in rocky outcroppings and cliffs, where they receive plenty of sunlight while being sheltered from harsh conditions. Their habitat is characterized by well-drained soils, moderate temperatures, and low rainfall.


Echeveria ‘Diamond State’ is a rosette-forming succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. This plant is known for its stunning, symmetrical appearance and it is often used in terrariums, mixed container gardens, and as a standalone specimen in decorative pots. The rosettes can grow up to 15-20 cm in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, and display a range of colors from green to a reddish-pink hue, especially when exposed to sunlight. In spring or early summer, it sends up a flower stalk with bell-shaped, pinkish-yellow flowers, attracting pollinators. A unique characteristic: the colors not only shift with the amount of sunlight received but also evolve from season to season, offering repeated delights with their vibrant transformations!


This is a slow growing plant, easy to cultivate. The plant needs a full sunlight exposure but is recommended to avoid direct sun-light during the hottest periods. The plant is sensitive to temperatures below 10°C, so it should be moved indoors in colder weather. The soil should consist of a mix of pumice, clay, and loam to ensure proper drainage and prevent root rot, to which the plant is susceptible. To facilitate excess water drainage, it is recommended to use a perforated pot. Watering plays a crucial role in the well-being of this species. During the vegetative period, it is recommended to water the plant every 7 days, ensuring that the soil is completely dry before the next watering. In winter, watering should be suspended to allow the plant to enter dormancy. Regarding fertilization, a moderate application of specific succulent fertilizers during the growing season is sufficient. Fertilization should be discontinued in winter. You should repot the plant every 2 years in a pot 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season using fresh potting soil. It is essential to be vigilant for red spiders and mealybugs, as these pests can pose a threat to the plant’s health. Regular checks and prompt intervention are advisable to keep these potential issues under control.


Propagation for this plant is primarily done through leaf cuttings and offsets. Leaves can be gently twisted off the stem and left to callous for a few days before placing on well-draining soil. Offsets, or “pups,” grow around the base of the plant and can be separated and replanted. Propagation is best done in the warmer seasons to ensure successful growth.


Additionally, this plant is believed to have air-purifying qualities, adding to its appeal for indoor gardeners. 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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