Echeveria “Purple Pearl”
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Echeveria “Purple Pearl” is a nursery cultivar and thus doesn’t exist in nature. By the way, Echeverias in general are native to central and South America, where they grow in semi-arid habitats.
Echeveria “Purple Pearl” is a small succulent, forming a clump of rosettes made of crowded leaves. It is very appreciated by succulent growers for the highly decorative potential of its rosettes and its remarkable resistance to any stress: it is the perfect succulent for beginners. It is also used in wedding bouquets! It’s a small plant, reaching a maximum height of 15 centimeters and a maximum width of 30. Rosettes are borne by curved stems that become wooded as the plant ages. Its leaves are rounded to gut-shaped, pointed (mucronated in botanical language), olive green to bluish, shaded in purple: that’s the reason of its name. Blooming period occurs from Spring to late Summer. The plant produces inflorescences in spikes borne by an elongated stem (30 centimeters long, taller than the entire plant) that sprouts from the center of the rosette. Flowers are small and coral pink in colour.
Place Echeveria “Purple Pearl” in a bright spot: direct sunlight will enhance the lavender-rose tinge of its leaves.
Echeveria “Purple Pearl” should be kept at a minimum temperature of 7ºC. We advise to place it indoors as Winter approaches.
Choose a well-drained substraté, rich in sand and with an abundant mineral part and aggregates.
Water regularly and abundantly in Summer, though always waiting for the soil to dry up completely before each irrigation. In Winter, watering can be suspended. Nevertheless, if you see the leaves shrivelling, provide the
plant with some water. Don’t wet the rosettes while watering: stagnant water inside them can damage the plant.
Fertilization can be carried out once during the growth season (Spring-Summer) with a specific product for succulent, diluted at half the doses recommended on the label.
Repot the plant anytime you see that it outgrows its pot. The best opotion is to repot every Spring.
Propagating Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’ is super easy and fun! The first thing you want to do is to take a leaf cutting from a healthy mother plant. Make sure to choose a leaf that is plump and has no signs of damage. Once you have your leaf cutting, let it sit out in open air for a couple of days to callus over. This helps to prevent rot when planting. Once the leaf cutting is callused, you can plant it in a well-draining cactus or succulent mix. Water sparingly, if at all, until you see new growth. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole new plant! Another way to propagate Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’ is by dividing offsets, which are small rosettes that form around the base of the mother plant. Simply gently separate the offsets from the mother plant and plant them in their own pot. And that’s it! With just a little patience and some TLC, you’ll have a whole new batch of Echeveria ‘Purple Pearls’ in no time.
Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’ is a popular and ornamental succulent known for its unique, pearl-like purple leaves. This Echeveria cultivar is a hybrid between Echeveria setosa and Echeveria lilacina, and it forms rosettes of fleshy leaves that are a deep purple color. The plant produces yellow flowers during the summer. Echeveria ‘Purple Pearl’ is a popular choice for rock gardens, dish gardens, and as a potted plant. It’s drought tolerant and easy to care for making it a great choice for gardeners of all levels. The genus name Echeveria is named after the Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy. The cultivar name ‘Purple Pearl’ is likely a reference to the plant’s purple leaves that resemble pearls.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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