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2. Echeveria stone roses
A little reminiscent of a garden rejuvenated, Echeveria strikes with the contrast of fragility and endurance. Very fragile, but incomparably beautiful and unique succulents with miniature rosettes resembling green flowers seem to be created to decorate indoor rock gardens, rock gardens and florariums with stone chips.
The choice of echeveria is very large, although the types of plants are rarely distinguished.
Echeveria, or Echeveria (Echeveria) - one of the most compact succulents. With a height of rosettes from 5 to 10 cm, only their peduncles are capable of growing up to 25 cm. The succulent leaves are spirally arranged in dense rows, forming a flowering basal rosette. As a rule, the leaves are slightly overlapped, forming a strict ornament.
Succulent, with a waxy bloom, plant leaves, most often, appear silvery or bluish. Echeveria species that form true stems are rare in indoor format. The diameter of the rosettes is gradually increasing, but most are limited to a modest size of 3-10 cm.
The wateriness does not prevent the leaves of Echeveria from remaining tough enough. They can be oval, diamond-shaped, ovoid, almost lanceolate, rounded, with a blunt tip. Echeveria peduncles are quite thick, crowned with lateral loose inflorescences with fancy yellow-orange flowers. The brightness of the color of both flowers and leaves directly depends on the intensity of light.
Echeveria species are very rarely chosen by name: all plants are similar to each other, but they still differ in the shape of the leaves and the effect they produce. In some echeveria, the rosettes resemble roses, in others - dahlias, in others - artichokes, in others the leaves seem fleshy and strikingly thick. It is worth choosing exactly according to which rosettes are more to your taste, focusing on shades of gray or darker colors and the general impression.
Conditions and care for indoor echeveria
Echeveria care is very simple. Rare watering after the soil dries out, dry wintering while observing a cold dormant period, light monthly feeding - that's all the plant needs. Echeveria are afraid not only of overflow, but also of getting wet: they need to be watered carefully, without getting on the sockets. Of the pests, only aphids threaten them.
Echeveria reveal their beauty most fully in the company of stones and stone chips, therefore they are very often used in decorative compositions of florariums and succulent gardens.
They have more than modest requirements for conditions. A cool, if not cold, wintering at temperatures from 5 to 10 degrees is needed only if you want to admire the flowering. Otherwise, Echeveria grows well at any room temperature and requires only good lighting.
In sunny places, they look more elegant and brighter. They are content with a typical substrate for cacti and succulents, can grow for a very long time without transplanting, and easily reproduce not only by daughter rosettes, but even by leaves.
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