New succulents

I’ve recently gotten a few new succulents.

Echeveria
Echeveria Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’

One new Echeveria Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’. It’s a touch etiolated but I imagine that’s fixable. It’s fairly compact at the tip, it’s just got a long stem leading up to the good parts. Just pot it deeper into the soil? Cut it off and re-root and see if the stem will re-sprout? It’s got some nice colour to it. The lower leaves were badly wilted when I got it but I gave it a good soak and they’ve plumped almost right up. The soil it’s in right now is really bad though because of the way it pulls together when dry.

Haworthia sp.
Haworthia sp.

Another new Haworthia. No ID on it and I haven’t really gone looking yet. It’s nice though. All the conversation starting ability of its windowed leaves with none of the difficulty of Lithops etc.

I’ve read that Echeveria and Haworthia both prefer some shade during mid afternoon but otherwise like lots of sun? Would that be a fair assessment? Water when dry for both as well?

I’ve also gotten a small offset from a nice blue Echeveria that seems to grow to about 4″ across and offsets readily. Also about 3 small stem cuttings from a Sedum morganianum and a good sized piece of Sedum burrito that fell off a hanging basket when it was being unpacked. Even if they root quickly it will be a long time before I’ve got anything of note out of them. I’ve got time though. And I’d rather not pay $35 for a 6-8″ hanging basket. Especially when there’s an agave geminiflora that I’d much rather pay well to get a good sized specimen than something like a Sedum.

Update: I strongly suspect (99% sure) this Echeveria is actually Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ and I’ve updated the archives to reflect this. Let me know if I’m wrong!

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6 Responses to New succulents

  1. Megan says:

    Cute Echeveria! You'll get babies if you plant the chopped off stem.

  2. I had an Echeveria very similar to that one (possibly 'Perle von Nurnberg;' I was never sure on a cultivar) that I lost when it got too long and I decided to try to cut it back and plant the stem. Some of the problem was that I had not yet discovered aquatic "soil" as a soil amendment, so the cutting probably rotted from being overly wet, but I'm not sure it would have worked even if I had had a better soil mix. I really don't know what to suggest for your problem. They're easyish to start from leaves, though. Karen 715 would probably be the person to ask for culture advice w/r/t light and stuff.The Haworthia looks like H. retusa or maybe H. emelyae; I haven't yet figured out how to tell those two apart. Also those aren't the only two species that look like that. But I'd still guess it's one or the other of those. If it's outside, it probably doesn't actually need any direct sun at all; the ones I have inside get very filtered sun (filtered through other plants and window screens) and aren't that close to the windows in the first place, and they do fine. And yes, they're much, much better than Lithops.

  3. Andrew says:

    My plan with it was to chop off the tip that looks good with a good amount of stem and root that. Plant up the leaves that had to be removed to get a long enough section of stem for part a, and finally leave the bottom section in its pot (maybe with a leaf left on it?) to see if it will re-sprout as well.H. retusa looks a little closer from the pictures Google's giving me.How does a soil mix of maybe 1/2 standard potting mix or slightly more and 1/4 each or slightly less or more each of aquarium gravel and Perlite with the two biggest goals of a fast draining soil that won't compact when dry.

  4. Andrew says:

    Though apparently H. retusa does not sucker freely so maybe H. turgida is more likely?

  5. Karen715 says:

    Did I hear my name mentioned? 😉 I do think your Echeveria is E.'Perle von Nurnberg,' which, IMO, is one of the fussier ones. It definitely needs strong light to look its best. If it were my plant, I would cut it back, let the end of the stem dry for a few days, then place it into dry potting mix. Do Not Water the cutting until roots begin to form. Until then any moisture is overly wet. You are right about the stump, it will probably resprout new rosettes.

  6. Andrew says:

    Hmm. strong light over the summer's no problem. I'll have to see what I can pull off over the winter though!

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