Echeveria ‘Magic Pearl’
There are not synonyms for this plant
Echeveria ‘Magic Pearl’ has garden origin.
Echeveria ‘Magic Pearl’ is a small succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. The plant is stemless and spineless and has a rosette of leaves which can grow up to 15 cm in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, flat, obovate to roundish, pointed at the apex, curved upward like a spoon, dark-green to reddish in color and with white edges that turn on pink at low temperatures. The leaves are covered with a white pruina useful to protect the plant from radiation. This plant is unique for the shades that the leaves can take on, they can turn from pale green to bright pink to violet to deep purple. Blooming occurs in late spring and early summer and blossom are borne by long stalks; the flowers are thin, bell-shaped, bright red to yellow and the plant changes hue depending on sun-exposure. The plant stands out from other echeverias for its elegance and beauty and it is perfect to decorate your office or your home.
The plant has a slow growth rate but it easy to cultivate. The plant needs a full light sun exposure but is recommended to avoid direct sun-light in the hottest periods. The minimum temperatures that the plant can withstand are 10° C, below this temperature it begins to suffer so it needs to be placed indoors in the coldest periods. 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. Using a perforating pot, you can drain excess water. Watering can be done regularly in Spring and Summer: 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 the plant to enter dormancy. About fertilization, for this plant is sufficient to fertilize moderately during the growing season with the specific fertilizers for succulents and stop fertilizing during 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. Be careful to red spiders and mealy bugs.
Propagation can be done by cutting or by seed. By cutting you can make the cut during the spring and then let the cutting 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 the success of propagation you can make two or more cuttings at the same time. For cuttings it is recommended temperatures around 20 °C. By seed it is very simple to propagate the plant, it is enough to sow the seed in a sandy loam soil and keep it with a high level of humidity and at temperature of 14 C°.
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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