Echeveria Care Guide

We were recently asked a series of questions by a customer about growing Echeveria indoors during the winter. So, we thought we’d post the information shared to hopefully help others. We were specifically discussing Echeveria, but it applies to all tender succulents.

Young’s has colorful Echeveria varieties available for sale online.

Echeveria with Ruffled Leaves

Echeveria with Ruffled Leaves

Echeveria and other non-hardy succulents look amazing in patio planters. Echeveria are originally from Mexico and Central America. They aren’t used to the cold and will die in freezing temperatures. Just because you live where winter is a real winter doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy these colorful plants.

You can keep them healthy during the cold months by moving them indoors. Then, once the threat of frost has past, gradually move them back outside in the spring. Other people who want to enjoy these colorful plants, but don’t want houseplants, treat Echeveria like annuals and just plant anew each spring.

Like they’re used to in their native growing grounds, Echeveria like full sun. However, try to avoid these two things: drastic sunlight changes and summer afternoon full sun.

Dramatic changes in lighting can stress plants out. If you are moving your plants outside in the spring, do it gradually. A couple hours in morning sun, then a few more, until they are in full sun.

Intense afternoon sun can, in some regions be too strong and the leaves will sunburn. Burned leaves will not heal and since Echeveria keep their leaves for a long time, it will look burned for a long time. If the damage is severe you will be best off to cut the head off the plant and let it re-grow from the stalk.

During the winter, when your plants are inside, put them near the brightest window in your house. Your plants will stretch if they don’t have enough sunlight. Ideally you would put your plants near a south-facing window. If that isn’t an option, though, put them near a window that gets the most light.

Echeveria plant without enough light

Echeveria stretches without enough light

Echeveria, indoors or outside, don’t like to be kept too wet, but they also don’t like to be kept too dry. We typically find that succulents like more water than most people think. In a house the dry home temperatures dry things our even faster. You don’t want your soil to be bone dry or it will wither the plant’s roots.

When you water Echeveria, water the soil and not the rosette. Pour on the water until it drains out the bottom. Repeat this a couple times. Then don’t water again until the soil has dried out. You don’t want your plant to remain soaking wet all the time. To help prevent this, don’t let the pot sit in a saucer full of water. The time between watering depends on the temperatures and conditions of the plant.

The most common problems seen on Echeveria are due to poor watering habits. Over and under watering can both produce similar symptoms. Wilting, shriveling, dropping leaves. You know your own watering habits best. Keep an eye on your plants and make adjustments if needed.

Damaged Echeveria Leaves

Damaged Echeveria Leaves

Dried out leaves

Dried out leaves


Like all succulents, Echeveria need soil that drains quickly. This helps prevent moisture from rotting the roots. Many growers will create their own special mixture of soil and perlite. However, good quality potting soil, or a cactus mix will work fine. As a rule of thumb, when you squeeze a handful of moist soil together, it should crumble apart again when released.

You will often read “sandy” in the soil requirements for succulents. This simply means that the soil needs to drain well. If you do add actual sand to your soil, make sure that it is coarse grained. Fine sand will clog the air pockets in the soil.

If you keep your plants alive for several years, you will want to re-pot them. Getting a fresh change of soil every couple years will keep them healthy and growing well.

Blue Rose Echeveria Plant

Blue Rose Echeveria

Fertilizer is not a continual requirement for Echeveria. Succulents grow natively in soil without a lot of nutrients. So, they are especially susceptible to fertilizer burn. However, they can benefit from the occasional extra boost. Use a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of spring, or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2-4 times more than normal and used less often than recommended. Use a low nitrogen mix or a cactus fertilizer. Remember that it is a lot easier to over-fertilize succulents than to under-fertilize.

When you pot up you Echeveria, you have a wide range of containers to choose from. Generally the smallest size possible, or something that is just bigger than the root ball is the right choice. People sometimes worry about overpotting. This is when you use a large container for a small plant. The potential problem is that greater soil volume can hold more moisture and lead to the risk of rot. However, the soil you use with succulents should have excellent drainage anyway and larger pots shouldn’t pose any problem. So, find the container that you think looks great, small or large, and let your Echeveria grow.

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Topsy Turvy Echeveria



  1. April 12, 2013    

    Hello! I’m trying to figure out a water schedule for my echeveria and other succulents. Right now they’re in clay pots in a window facing east (and a little bit of southern exposure, too). Should I water simply when the soil feels dry?

    • April 13, 2013    

      Some succulents prefer less water than others, but as a general rule your should let the soil dry out all the way between watering. So, double water the echeveria or succulent all around the plant and thoroughly until water comes out the bottom. Then take a break until the soil is dry.

  2. Lila's Gravatar Lila
    June 14, 2013    

    Hi , i have a echeveria in my balcony and it is getting higher and the top of it it is going down 🙁 is it normal ?

    • Tisimss's Gravatar Tisimss
      December 13, 2016    

      You may have the type that grows over and down the edges of its pot. If it looks healthy, let it do it’so thing! I have this plant and it’s so easy. Once you have multiple it starts to look like a waterfall of spirals. So beautiful. Very easy to propegae as well

  3. DanPete's Gravatar DanPete
    July 15, 2013    


    Is the root growing too high? Is this what you are talking about?

    If the root is growing too long and now the plant is hanging downward now, I believe this is fine. It just means the Echeveria is growing and you might have to behead it and re-plant it. You can search on the internet of ways to do this.

    I think propagating is one of the most fun parts of succulents!

    Hope I am not misunderstanding your problem. Hope they grow and look beautiful!

  4. marian's Gravatar marian
    August 23, 2013    

    I am transplanting a blue rose Echeveria. did i understand you to say they dont need a deep pot?

    • August 23, 2013    

      No, they don’t need a deep pot. They should have something at least larger than the root ball though.

  5. Annalize's Gravatar Annalize
    August 24, 2013    

    Do birds eat on the leaves of Echeveria? Iwas away and came back to find one plant almost destroyed! There are no worms or root rot! Only leaves were eaten?

    • August 24, 2013    

      Birds don’t eat the leaves of echeveria. They may pick at them a little and mess up new transplants, though. Rabbits and deer are the most common culprits.

      • Teri Field's Gravatar Teri Field
        August 6, 2015    

        Yes, birds do eat echeveria. I’ve watched them completely tear mine apart. They peck at them for the inner moisture until th plant is shredded!

        • Marie's Gravatar Marie
          April 12, 2017    

          birds eating my echeveria plants

          • Marie's Gravatar Marie
            April 12, 2017    

            My Echeveria are totally destroyed by these birds. They usually flock together a whole bunch of six to seven birds at a time. In Afrikaans we call them “Muis Vredters”

    • Rachele's Gravatar Rachele
      November 10, 2015    

      Snails and slugs eat echeveria and it can look like birds did it 🙂

  6. R's Gravatar R
    September 14, 2013    

    My echeveria pulvinata hasn’t flowered since I got it in early summer, and the leaves are less fuzzy. It also hasn’t grown noticeably, but the leaves look more or less fine apart from losing their fuzz. I can’t tell if I’m doing something wrong or if the non-flowering is just seasonal. Any ideas? I live in a northern state and keep it indoors by a south-western facing window.

    • September 17, 2013    

      Echeveria flower at different times based on the variety. If I recall correctly, your variety flowers between late winter and early spring.

      • R's Gravatar R
        September 19, 2013    


  7. Lisa's Gravatar Lisa
    September 15, 2013    

    Hi, I have a number of succulents I’ve been growing outside all summer. I want to bring them indoors for the winter, but haven’t had great success in the past. I live in Michigan and don’t have good south-facing window options. Can I put them in the basement with fluorescent lights on them. How close should the lights be? Thank you!

    • September 17, 2013    

      Grow lights should be as close as possible to the plants, but so the light still reaches all of them.

  8. Tayla's Gravatar Tayla
    September 20, 2013    

    Can I keep my Suncup, Echeveria and Pachyveria plants on a window seal the whole year round?

  9. Kaajal's Gravatar Kaajal
    September 26, 2013    

    Hi There
    My Echeveria, lost all of it’s leaves, and the new ones just fell off too. The stalk of the plant feels hollow. What did I do wrong. Can I still save it 🙁

    • September 26, 2013    

      It sounds like the plant is a goner. Your best bet is probably to cut off the head of the plant, leaving just a short stalk and it may regrow from the stump. That will also show you if the stalk is hollow… which would indicate rot or disease.

      • Dee's Gravatar Dee
        December 9, 2016    

        Is this problem of leaves dropping off too much water or not enough. My Echeveria Douglas Huth is only one month old but as dropped all its leaves bar a small sprout in the middle on the stem. All my other Echeveria in the same area are growing fine.

  10. IDA's Gravatar IDA
    September 27, 2013    

    I put a echeveria leaf in soil to experiment, it has a pink like ball shape grown at its base, do I just leave it and see what happens ?

    • Alex's Gravatar Alex
      August 1, 2014    

      Congrats, you just successfully started a entirely new plant!

      • Hilary's Gravatar Hilary
        June 6, 2017    

        That’s so good 🙂

    • Elle's Gravatar Elle
      October 6, 2015    

      A very small {1/4 x 1/4 inch} blossom was knocked off in the pot of my beautiful 5 huge blossomed Echevaria.
      It had a very small root….. its been about a month and has already grown to 1 inch! : ]]]]]

  11. Molly's Gravatar Molly
    October 3, 2013    

    I have twin echeveria that have grown from the size of a quarter to about 10 inches across each. They have become so big they now have a big long root/trunk (palm tree looking) that cannot support it. It’s bent over so much that it’s starting to break. How can I save my Barnicle? (Yes I named him!)

    • October 4, 2013    

      Cut off the head and plant it. Then leave the stem and new plants might grow from it.

    • Ava's Gravatar Ava
      August 4, 2016    

      Trim the leaves and plant them in other pots, this will take wieght off the stem, and it will guve you more plants.

  12. Linavee's Gravatar Linavee
    October 19, 2013    

    Hello! My beloved little echeveria (my first one!) hasn’t been doing well for about a month now. It has been loosing all of its large lower leaves (which, for the most part, looked healthy, although the most recent ones to fall off have a bit of dark black/brown color where they were in contact with the stem). Now that so much of the stem is exposed, I see the stem has turned from its regular green color to that same shade of black/brown. Is this root rot? What should I do? Thanks so much for your advice!!!
    PS. I took a couple photos to show you, but it seems like I can’t paste them into this comment box.

  13. October 29, 2013    

    my echeveria also has been loosing its lower large leaves… at first the leaves will just turn into yellow just like normal plants when they loose their leaves… i watered it every after the soil dries, i don’t think there is root rot because its pups at the base are growing nicely… i’m very worried that it might loose them all… huhuhu any idea what went wrong? or is it just normal… i get anxious everytime i saw pictures of echeveria with plenty of leaves…

    • Lilian's Gravatar Lilian
      July 23, 2014    

      It’s normal. The lower leaves dry out and new growth come from the center top.

  14. Kent's Gravatar Kent
    December 17, 2013    

    I have an echevaria on my office desk with no options for windows (basement dweller). I got a grow light for it, but was wondering how high above it the light should be.

  15. kaitlyn's Gravatar kaitlyn
    March 26, 2014    

    I really need help figuring out what kind of succulent plant I have… I’m 99.9% sure its in the Echeveria family just don’t know which one but I could be wrong

    would you be able to help me?

    • March 26, 2014    

      We’ll do our best. Just email us a photo of the plant… tlander@youngs-garden dot com

  16. bhill's Gravatar bhill
    March 26, 2014    

    Is there anywhere that talks about how big succulents can grow? I can’t find much info on the web about how big succulents can get. I’ve heard that they will grow as big as the pot u put them in. I want to put multiple succulents in large pots for my patio but have no idea how to space them. One plant I just potted was in a little 2″ pot but I’ve just discovered it can grow to 2 feet!

    • March 27, 2014    

      Succulents is a fairly broad term. It encompasses thousands and thousands of plants. Everything from trees to groundcovers to bushes. The first step to determining how large succulents grow is to determine which species of plant you have. When you purchase a succulent the plant description should give you a good estimate of how large that particular succulent will be when mature.

  17. Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
    April 10, 2014    

    I have a large Echeverea Gibbeflora and I think it is the Moon one, it had about 6 long stems with flowers on it which was beautiful pink at first and then as it dried got very red. My husband cut the stems of the flowers off. I wasn’t sure this is what we were supposed to do. The plant seems like it is growing new plants which I am going to cut and try to start new ones.

    Did we do the right thing cutting off the stems of the flowers?

    • April 13, 2014    

      The flower stalks on an echeveria don’t hurt anything, but they can certainly be removed once the flowers are spent.

  18. Dianne's Gravatar Dianne
    April 10, 2014    

    My Echeveria has grown quite tall and shed leaves leaving small leaves on top and bare stalks down to the roots. It’s still in its original plastic pot and I want to repot. Should I cut it back?

    • April 13, 2014    

      It sounds like it should have the top cut off, the part with leaves, and plant the top into new soil. Leave the bottom stalk part and it may produce from more plants from the trunk.

      • Dianne's Gravatar Dianne
        April 15, 2014    

        Thank U!!

  19. Jasmine's Gravatar Jasmine
    April 24, 2014    

    My Echeveria is in constant Florida sunlight and its bottom leaves are drying out. I water it daily but i I still find dryed out leaves constantly. What am I doing wrong?

  20. Chris Maciel's Gravatar Chris Maciel
    April 26, 2014    

    I need some guidance. My echeveria is no longer growing as a single stem but has started sending out new stems from the long stem, probably because it’s leaning into the light. I have it in a south/east window, gets sun all morning ’till 2pm. Usually watered from bottom.
    Should I cut the long stem and transplant it? it will probably make new roots, shouldn’t it?

    Thanks for your help!

  21. AnaV's Gravatar AnaV
    May 10, 2014    

    I would really appriciate an answer, since I cannot find it anywhere on the internet. I repotted 5 kinds of Sempervivum into a common pot. I know they are quite sturdy plants who like it on the dry side, but i just wanted to help them establish a new root system faster so i watered them until the soil was moist. Most of the chick lookl fine, but several developed droppy leaves (could be the change or watering). My question is: do droopy leaves recover and stand up again and in what time?? How long until i will know if the repotting was successful?
    Thank you very much for any information! Kind regards, -A

    • May 12, 2014    

      Follow a regular watering schedule (water whenever the soil drys out) and your plants should be fine.

  22. Christen's Gravatar Christen
    May 22, 2014    

    I really want to buy succulents. I am looking for a variety of species that I can grow in the same pot and I am looking to keep them indoors. Could you please give me some recommendations? Thank you for your help in advance!

  23. Janice Bates's Gravatar Janice Bates
    May 27, 2014    

    I’ve had a succulent for about six years now. I’ve been growing it in a three inch deep dish and have never transplanted it. I’ve already started three puts from it already! One day I noticed that one of the branches have grown to the shape like a fan and it has serval clusters of leaves on the top of it. Could these too be transplanted?

  24. Julia's Gravatar Julia
    May 28, 2014    

    I just received my first succulent as a gift and it is an Echevaria Nodulosa. I have it inside and facing window. However, most of the leaves seem to be cut off, and when I transplanted it to a pot, the few leaves on it fell off very easily. I wonder if this is normal.

    • May 29, 2014    

      The bottom leaves will wither and die when the echeveria is stressed. They can also break off when handled during transplanting. It’s not something that you want to happen, though.

  25. Sarah Hilton's Gravatar Sarah Hilton
    June 14, 2014    

    I have an Echevaria Afterglow in my Southern California garden. It has three big heads on it, and today, one of the heads broke off. Can I start a new plant from that head? If so, would I start it in water, or put it directly into the desired soil?


    • June 15, 2014    

      Make a clean cut on the plant head. Let the cut sit in the air for a day or so, until the cut tissue heals over. Then stick it directly into the ground. The most common problem with starts is rotting. So, don’t water much… the plant doesn’t have roots yet to pull in the water anyway.

  26. Michael Guihen's Gravatar Michael Guihen
    June 23, 2014    

    I have 4 Echevaria in a container and they are on 2 foot steams and they are not looking to happy on my window ledge they have full sun in the morning a in shade after 3pm in the afternoon i water 3 times a week, is that too much? i wish i could send a picture for you to see, can you help?

    Kind Regards

  27. Nicole's Gravatar Nicole
    July 1, 2014    

    Hi, I really appreciate it if you can help me out. I have a small Echeveria that has green leaves that are rimmed in red. The first day I took it home it was in pretty good shape but needed some tlc. I watered it and then put it in my window. Everything was good on the first day. Then on the second day the sides of the leaves started curling. I’m not sure if its species is naturally suppose to curl, but I didn’t see any in the store that were curly. I re-potted it to a bigger pot because it also started getting burnt spots on the tips of the leaves. I wasn’t sure if it was too much direct sun or if it needed more water. I tired watering it more but the soil was still moist and the burnt spotted haven’t gone away and it started curling more. I have now moved it to a spot with less direct sunlight. Please if you can, can you let me know if I should be watering it more, less, move it to another spot again, etc. Thank you!

  28. lisa's Gravatar lisa
    July 14, 2014    

    What causes the leaves to have brown streak?

  29. melinda's Gravatar melinda
    July 20, 2014    

    Hi! I bought a big blue echeveria, and I noticed it had smaller growths on the side, I I cut those off and planted them in a mound in my garden (thier not dying, but thier not healthy is it because I just transplanted them after 3 days of drying?) but my main plant dropped all its leaves and most of its core was a purple/blue color. What was it? Was it rot? I watered my pot every 3rd day, it was over 100 degrees for a long while. It was sitting on my concrete patio and it seemed all the water went straight trought it.

  30. Anastasia's Gravatar Anastasia
    July 23, 2014    

    Hi! I have an Echeveria Azulita and when I got it, it looked fine and pretty gosh darn healthy. I put it in a west facing window and have been watering it about once a week. At first a couple of the leaves towards the base of the plant fell off, and that didn’t really worry me. Then, however, more and more started falling off and now where the leaves fell off, little baby plants are sprouting! The main part of the plant looks unhealthy and a bit rotted towards the tip, so what do I do? Should I just let it do its thing or should I pull off the little plants and try to propagate?

    Thanks a ton 🙂


  31. Kathleen O'Connell's Gravatar Kathleen O'Connell
    July 28, 2014    

    I received a gift a of a small Echeveria in a sort of fishbowl with what appears to be black gravel only for soil. It has a short stalk on the bottom, but no apparent roots. Will it survive like this?

  32. September 3, 2014    

    I have a Graptoveria Debbie (I think – purple succulent) and I don’t know if I’m over or under watering it!
    I used to leave it outside and only water it once a month, if that, and it grew very healthy. However, when I moved, I tried to leave it outside and found that sprinklers came on every night and were overwatering it, making the outside leaves look sickly – squishy and lumpy and some withering. So I brought it inside and I’ve left it by a window. No water for a month now, but it doesn’t seem to be showing signs of improvement. 🙁 How long does it take for a plant to recover? Or am I not treating it correctly?

    also two mini-me’s of the plant of sprung up next to it – should i try to transplant them or leave them in the pot?

  33. Jack's Gravatar Jack
    September 12, 2014    

    I have a strange Fuzzy/Frosted Echeveria problem I could use some help on. The plant looks green and healthy but the base of the pedals have started to turn black/break off leaving the stem bare but fuzzy. Is it dying or getting ready to do something? Please help

  34. Lauren's Gravatar Lauren
    October 1, 2014    

    I was wondering if you could recommend a type of soil or a mixture maybe for me? I’m repotting myfirst Echeveria ‘Mazarine’ – Echeveria Hybrid and my Cobweb – Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cebenese’, I have no clue what to get other than what ever the internet may recommend, just wondering if you knew anything particular to get, thanks!

    • October 6, 2014    

      They aren’t too picky and will grow in anything that has really good drainage. Gritty stuff like cactus mixes work great.

  35. Lucy's Gravatar Lucy
    October 28, 2014    

    I have (i think…) Echeveria (hybrid) ‘Blue Sovreign’, bought it a few years ago, n’ just can’t quite seem to get it right, From what i’ve read here i think it doesn’t get enough light as is growing very long n’ twisted, the leaves are also falling off.

    I have just had to remove it from the soil as it was rotten, so i cut the “healty” bit of the plant off and now it is in a shallow bowl of water (this is beacuse it has grown squint n’ wont fit in a glass.

    So i’m guessing i have been over watering it…but i never seem to water it? its lucky if it gets a water once every 2 weeks n’ thats just a small amount of water – litratly if water comes out bottom it doesnt get anymore and gets excess water removed. I have had this bother before and did what i am doing n’ replanted it when it started sprouting (as did sone of the leaves – which turned into babies – these have all died 🙁 )

    I am now going to research more into this plant, n’ see the correct way to replant it, As i don’t wanna loose it but whatever i do just seems to not make a difference, i seem to just do a total 360 with it lol! Any help would be great.

  36. Randal's Gravatar Randal
    November 18, 2014    

    I have an echeveria red velvet in the pot that I purchased it in, on a window sill with southern exposure. I really love it, but I’m finding that the flowers that it produces are starting to wither. Not sure if I’m not watering quite enough; and that this is the problem, or that it is the natural order of the species? What I wanted to know is if the withered flowers should be picked off or just allowed to fall off the stem? Also are there any suggestions to combat the problem? Thanks in advance for help and suggestions!

  37. BettieAnn's Gravatar BettieAnn
    November 29, 2014    

    I purchased a very small Echeveria Hybrid “chroma” a couple days ago. It is reddish and has a long (6-8inch) red stem that sprouted from the main stem. It had a few little buds on this long, vine-like stem, but now each of the buds are dried up and the long off-shoot stem is startling to dry out at the tip, moving towards the main stem. Should I cut the off-shoot stem off and plant it I the soil? Thanks for your help.

    • November 29, 2014    

      If it is an offset on a stalk then you can cut it and transplant it. However, if it is a flower stalk (which it sound like) and the flower buds are done and withering then you would just want to cut the stalk off.

  38. Melly Limbara's Gravatar Melly Limbara
    May 22, 2015    

    Hi.I live in a tropical area. I bought a green echeveria just a week ago and it has some small ones, not even 1 cm wide, around it. I decided to take the small ones and planted it in a terrarium. However, I saw that it was not well this morning. Maybe because of the rain yesterday? I saw the leaves are now flat and quite brown. Maybe because of the dirt? But I moved it again just now. Stupid me. And planted it again. I can see that the soil is still a bit wet from the glass. I don’t know what I should do now in order to save it. Please help!!

  39. Emillia's Gravatar Emillia
    May 25, 2015    

    I have had an Echeveria Secunda for about a year now I reported it a few months ago and ever since it has been wobbly in the pot, now the leaves except from the slightly newer ones have gone sort and bendy can I fix it?

  40. Zaira's Gravatar Zaira
    June 15, 2015    

    I’m trying to grow a blue echavaria from a seed. Should I Water it consistently until the seeds germinate or should I follow the directions for echavaria that are already starting to grow? I already put the seeds inside potting soil and they are super tiny so I don’t think that I could take them out.

  41. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    June 18, 2015    

    I was given an Escheveria Hybrid for my birthday at the beginning of June. I put it on my back porch which does not get much sunlight. I’ve watered it once. The lower leaves have turned black and disintegrated. The long stem/flowers has flopped over. I have moved it to my front porch which gets a lot of sun in the afternoon hours (it faces West), thinking this may dry the soil if the plant was too wet. I have stuck the leaves that have fallen off in some dirt in a pot to see if they will catch on. Any suggestions? After reading other comments I am wondering if the change in sunlight from where it was purchased to my back porch caused it undo stress. HELP!

  42. Evelyn's Gravatar Evelyn
    July 19, 2015    

    I have an big Echeveria Cante that when I got it at the nursery was fine. But it got two long stalks now and I’m ok with that but the flower is very droopy and button leaves are discolor some with some light yellow.
    I have in doors near a French door.
    I heard that we are support to the stalks because they take energy from the plant.
    Is this true? Do I have to cut them off? What can I do with the stalks?

    I have another medium Echeveria cante outdoors with one stalk and its fine. So I’m not sure what’s wrong with the large one.

    Please help I don’t want it to die.

  43. Jess's Gravatar Jess
    August 8, 2015    

    Hi all, i have lots of echevira plants at home and they all have a white powder on the stems is this normal or is it powdery mildew?

  44. michelle f's Gravatar michelle f
    August 22, 2015    

    Hello! i received an Echeveria flamingo plant as a gift. It the one with the tall arches stems. Well it has gotten so tall that its growing sideways. Is this normal? should I stake them up or something?
    I have photos but I cants post them here

  45. September 5, 2015    

    They do stretch out in low light, for sure, I didn’t realize how much of a difference windowsill light would make. I grew some babies from leaf propagation and the babies are much more colorful compared to the parent. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was two different plants. Mine were Echeveria pulidonis.

  46. Judy's Gravatar Judy
    September 15, 2015    

    I goofed and let my Echeveria glauca stay in a glassed in room with no ventilation, in direct sunlight for days. Of course, it was overwhelmed and died. However, I found a couple limp, still greenish but very questionably alive “midgets” with roots that I potted in hopes that would resuscitate. To my surprise, they grew and I now have 2 beautiful offspring! These great plants are real survivors, and so showy. I’ve managed to kill all my other succulents, but these have lived in spite of my neglect. Now I treat them with more love and respect!

  47. ariel's Gravatar ariel
    September 26, 2015    

    Hey there, I believe I have an echevaria pulvinata… see pics here:
    I’m concerned about over/under watering. I have it in a non-draining pot (is this not a good idea? Sorry I have a brown thumb) so I can’t water it till it drains… should I water it once a week? Or just if the soil is dry? Also I don’t have any windowsills, so I’m keeping it in the bathroom but from this article I take it that’s not a good idea because it wants light… yet it’s too cold to keep it outdoors.
    Anyone have any suggestions? I love the little plant but it’s not doing so hot and I don’t want to kill it! Thanks!

    • October 5, 2015    

      Succulents, like the echeveria you have, want excellent drainage and bright light when grown indoors. If you are growing in no drainage and not a lot of light it will be very difficult to keep healthy.

  48. Kristin Reepmeyer's Gravatar Kristin Reepmeyer
    September 28, 2015    

    Hi, I have an echeveria that has sprouted two “babies” and they are growing very long and tall. I don’t really want to propagate new ones. Can I just cut them off? Will that hurt the plant? I don’t know what to do with them.

    • October 5, 2015    

      You can certainly just cut off the stalk on an echeveria if you do not want the flower of offsets.

  49. Deborah's Gravatar Deborah
    October 8, 2015    

    I have two flowering echeverias – one with very long, thin flowering stalks (“elegens”?), one with shorter, thicker flowering stalks (“afterglow”?). They are both pink and grey in color. When and how is the best time/way to trim the flowering stalks? The flowers lower down on the stalks are dead, but there are still live flowers at the tips. Thanks.

  50. Gracie Boyd's Gravatar Gracie Boyd
    October 9, 2015    

    Hi, I have an echeveria that has a 3 mm brown spot on one of its leaves. I would really appreciate some help as I don’t want it to die. Thank you.

  51. Katie's Gravatar Katie
    October 15, 2015    

    Cubic Frost seems to be doing fine but has just hint of color. Topsy Turvy in same area has color. Does CF darken with more light, age ?? Pups growing on stem where leaves had apparently broken off are a very nice dark lilac.

  52. Valérie's Gravatar Valérie
    November 8, 2015    


    I just accidentaly dropped my echaveria on the ground (the plastic inner pot broke when I held it) and now two leaves (almost) broke off. One of them tore open the stem quite a bit. I do not know what to do, is he gonna be alright? Should I take the leaves off entirely, or just leave it like this?
    Thank you very much (I’m almost surprised I’m this worried)

  53. Shabeer's Gravatar Shabeer
    November 10, 2015    

    Hi Young,

    All these tips and suggestions are really useful. I would love to share an experience of my glass terrarium using succulents which i ve created to decorated few months back.

    Mistake i did is i ve chooses a very container with very narrow opening and humidity created inside the pot killed my two Chinese dunce cap succulents . I would have read your article , which you mentioned about this moisture problem which can lead to death of plants.

    I have a written a blog article after that and collected few inspirations to make succulent terrarium to decorate home.

    Would u like to take a quick look at my blog post , Suggestions and feedbacks are most welcome

    Here is the link:

    -Shabeer Ali

  54. Julie Browning's Gravatar Julie Browning
    January 12, 2016    

    My cheyenne the leaves go brown and I spray them with plant food 4 these plants what can I do please help they are in the house

  55. Irie's Gravatar Irie
    February 9, 2016    

    I have Echervria “Irish Mint” plant that I noticed has a small baby plant growing at its base. The baby does not look too healthy it is very light and almost transparent. Could I take the baby off and try to plant it or does it seem that it wouldn’t make it? it is very tiny.

  56. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    March 22, 2016    

    My small Echervria has browning leaves that had spread almost completely turning almost all the plant dark green. (I water like instructed)It shares pot with another echervria of its kind. I am getting increasingly worried. It usually has exposure to the north and lives in a dry climate in Cali. I have a terracotta pot that is breathable. What do I do?!?

  57. lauren wickham's Gravatar lauren wickham
    March 25, 2016    

    What type are these?! Please help so i can care for them properly?!? I just got these at the store I loved the way they looked and I have a hard time keeping plants because my cats eat them. But these seemed like they won’t bother them with the thicker harder leaves which I was right and they haven’t bothered them yay! But the store had a bunch mixes together and what not. I’ve matched them by picture to the Echeverias . but what kind please help! It won’t let me add photos. But looks most like the one in the pictures about about them stretching for light not stretching like that just that look mine have the pretty rose kind of formation and they’re like a purple blue guess a tad green too.

  58. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    April 9, 2016    

    I have an echevaria that has stretched out despite me putting a grow light on it daily. It’s rather frustrating! Is it possible it’s about to flower? Everything about the appearance says more stretching than extending a flowering stalk. It’s also in a large pot with a lot of room, so I wondered if the soil is draining too quickly. I’ve been careful not to overwater it (having killed some plants prior to this) but from this article it sounds like I’m not watering enough.

    Any advice on the stretching would be great. Should I try to propagate it? Thank you!

  59. May 25, 2016    

    I just purchased a Graptoveria Debbie plant. It needs potting. Should I use a deep or shallow pot? This plant is about 6-8″ across and has flowers ready to blossom, it is in a very small pot right now. I am new to plants, any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  60. Aura's Gravatar Aura
    June 8, 2016    

    Hi. I was given s “Kosmic cactus” as a gift recently and have found out that it is, in fact a succulent. I believe it is an echeveria, but I do not know what kind. It looks similar to the plant in the fourth picture on your page (brown, dried out leaves and all), except the leaves are more pointed and covered in white bumps. Could you help me identify so I can learn how to best care for and nurse it back to health?

  61. Peggy Gyulay's Gravatar Peggy Gyulay
    June 16, 2016    

    I have had my echevaria for several years in a large pot in my yard. In the beginning the leaves were mostly green with a tinge of pink. Now the leaves are more and more pink and much less green.
    After reading many comments I am asking, not enough water or too much? It is outside all year as I live in So. Cal. Thanks!

    • Elliot's Gravatar Elliot
      September 1, 2016    

      If they look otherwise healthy, a pinker or redder tinge can just be the summer heat and the plant maturing. If they are turning yellow, mushy, or wrinkly, then you may have a problem.

  62. Kyla's Gravatar Kyla
    June 16, 2016    

    My echeveria plant is changing from a light green to a pinkish color at the tip of the leaves. I can tell the outside leaves are starting to die. I’m afraid I’m over watering. Advice to bring it back to life/keep it from completely dying?

    • Elliot's Gravatar Elliot
      September 1, 2016    

      Some varieties of echeveria do change colour in summer heat to a redder, pinker or purpler tinge. This is normal in their cases. Do you know what the variety is?

      If by outside leaves you mean the lowest, oldest leaves (new growth comes from the centre of the rosette), it is normal for these to dry up and fall off. If the centre growth and that immediately around it looks fine, your plant is probably fine.

      You haven’t mentioned how often you are watering. If you think the problem is overwatering then advice is water less. You are more likely to kill the plant with overwatering than with neglect, so leave off the watering for a while. I water mine about every two weeks, but have gone up to three times as long in the past without water and the plants have been fine (although that was probably pushing it – it is possible to underwater of course). Just make sure the soil is dry right through before you water again and that your soil drains well. They do not want to be soggy.

  63. Unkown's Gravatar Unkown
    June 19, 2016    

    I have a Echeveria, and I brought a white small pot for it, but what soil do I use? The one that it given (From Bunnings??)

  64. cactusmom's Gravatar cactusmom
    August 14, 2016    

    I have an Echeveria and I water it once a week. Yesterday it was raining hard and even if I kept it sheltered, it got a little wet. I immediately put it inside our house and pat dry the leaves with tissue, on a closed but bright windowsill. But then, just this morning I noticed the second to the innermost layer of its leaves kind of straightened/flattened out (noticed that echeveria’s leaves are slightly curled?) and I’m scared now. Is it a sign of being overwatered and it’s on its way to rot? Can I do anything to stop it from rotting? The last time I watered it was exactly seven days ago and with enough water to wet the top of the soil.

  65. Vanessa Wall's Gravatar Vanessa Wall
    September 6, 2016    

    The leaves on my echeveria look like when your fingers are in the water too long. Does this mean that they need more water or that they were overwatered?

    • November 7, 2016    

      Echeveria generally have issues with over watering. Dig down an inch into the soil. If it’s soggy at all then over watering is the most likely culprit.

  66. Aaron Jory's Gravatar Aaron Jory
    September 6, 2016    

    Hi I’m in Cornwall I have a thriving plant and a leaf got nocked off will it root like some like this

  67. Georgia's Gravatar Georgia
    September 16, 2016    

    Hi, I’m not too sure what succulent I have bought but I’m pretty sure it is a blue rose Echeveria. I have had it in a tall glass jar for about a month now and the leaves at the bottom are starting to shrivel and go purple. The plant is still growing well and has become about 5cm taller since I bought it. The top of the plant is just resting on the rim of the glass jar so it is hard to get water onto the soil so I just spray it on the leaves. Do I need a different pot? More water? It is also an indoor plant as I can’t have it outside and it is direct sunlight most of the day. Thanks

  68. Teresa a's Gravatar Teresa a
    September 27, 2016    

    Hi my Echeverría is leaves are thin and are getting yellow from the center of the stem they are outside I live I. Florida idk of I’m underwatering it I usually water them once a week .

  69. Deanna Milne's Gravatar Deanna Milne
    October 19, 2016    

    I just got a baby Echeveria, and am wondering how long they generally take to mature as an indoor plant.

  70. Lynna Karanutsos's Gravatar Lynna Karanutsos
    December 22, 2016    

    I need to repot my black Prince Echeveria . It is in bloom ……is it safe to repot NOW? Will it continue its bloom cycle?? I want to pot it up for a xmas gift. Any advice appreciated………

  71. Sara's Gravatar Sara
    January 14, 2017    

    I’m so have to have my first echeveria agavoides. It’s beautiful! My whole house has a lot of indirect light as I have no curtains and lots of windows with the only sun coming in east in the morning for a bit, and from the west I have 4 hours or so in in later afternoon. During the winter is it best to leave in the west? Can I leave it indoors for the summer with my lighting? or best to plant outdoors.
    Thank you so much for helping make so many plants happy, and so goes the owners!

  72. Lyca Delgado's Gravatar Lyca Delgado
    February 25, 2017    

    I bought my Echeveria pulidonis when it was bare root. Its been months since I grew it and its going well. But the roots aren’t growing. Like… There’s almost no root at all in its bulb. Yesterday it grew baby roots. They were white and pinkish. I was so happy and watered minimally after 2 weeks of not watering it. But today, I noticed the roots were gone again. The white pinkish baby roots were unnoticeable. Maybe shriveled and turned brown. What should I do to make it root faster?

  73. Hope's Gravatar Hope
    March 2, 2017    

    I just got my seculent a week ago and I put it in the only south facing window we have and the only window in the house that our cat won’t mess with it. The plant has already begun stretching out and I don’t know what to do to get it more sun. It’s been cloudy for few days, could that be contributing to the problem.

  74. Smvb's Gravatar Smvb
    May 26, 2017    

    Hi my echeveria was purple but now the leaves are nearly light green and every two or three days a leaf fall. it was short but now it is so tall and there is to much space between the leaves is it normal? what should i do?

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