Echeveria “Spruce Oliver”
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Echeveria “Spruce Oliver” is a nursery cultivar, thus it doesn’t exist in nature. Echeverias in general though, are native to Central and South America.
Echeveria “Spruce Oliver” is a strong, succulent plant, perfect for beginners. It is in fact very tough and shows a glowing, abundant vegetative growth, resisting to drought and any adversities. It consists in a cluster of succulent stems, that get wooden at their base, curved and spreading in all directions, that bear rosettes of abundant leaves. Leaves are bright green, shaped like rabbit’s ears, slightly curved upwards, pointed and regularly arranged in geometric layers around the stems. Their green colour get often tinged in yellowish at their edges and scarlet red at the point of their leaves. Leaves point are marked and visible, and their red tinge is enhanced by strong, direct sunlight. The apical part of leaves edges, close to their point, is often equipped with a soft, white hair. Flowers sprout at the top of elongated stems that grow from the center of the rosettes an might be orange to reddish to yellowish.
Place your Echeveria “Spruce Oliver” in a bright spot: direct sunlight will enhance the reddish tinge of its leaves.
Echeveria “Spruce Oliver” 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.
The propagation of this cultivar can be done by leaf cuttings or by replanting the lateral suckers that sprout near the rosettes. Cuttings should be placed under direct sunlight, at a temperature of 20ºC. The removing of the offshoots is actually the easiest method and the one with highes rate of success.
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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