Friday, March 5, 2010

In Praise of Succulents: Echeveria Edition 3; The Rest of Them

In previous posts, I've written about my Echeverias by assigning them to (fairly loose) categories. This post highlights those that didn't fit with the others, or that I just didn't think to mention at the time.

But first, the promised update on Echeveria ramilette, mentioned in part 2, when it was about to bloom. Here it is with the flowers open:

Echeveria ramilette with its yellow and orange flowers open. I'm also pleased to see the small offsets to the right and left.

Here is another of my favorite Echeverias: E. pulvinata. This plant was once considerably better looking. One of my cats knocked it off its shelf a couple of years ago, breaking what was once a single, multi-branched plant into several pieces. I was able to root the parts that broke off, and replanted them in the same pot, but it is not quite the same.

Echeveria pulvinata

Close up of a single rosette, showing the texture of the leaves. Click the picture for more detail

Another hairy one. I think this is Echeveria setosa. The center of the photo looks blurred, but it is not, the leaves are just that fuzzy.

Here is one I've shown before, and two I haven't:

Echeveria 'Black Prince'

Echeveria nodulosa and Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

'Black Prince' is an easy one, but I'm very surprised that the latter two are doing as well as they are. I've had at least two of each before, and they were rather temperamental. 'Topsy Turvy' seemed to become etiolated if we'd had so much as a cloudy day, and I never knew what to do to keep E. nodulosa happy. It even seemed to decline while outdoors in summer, which is usually everything that a succulent could want, and more. But for now, they seem happy enough in my basement under lights.


mr_subjunctive said...

I had exactly the same experience with E. nodulosa and E. 'Topsy Turvy.' Though your nodulosa looks a hundred times better than any other one I've ever seen.

Karen715 said...

Thanks. The Echeveria nodulosa is pretty new (I think I bought it in September, looking much as it does now) so there is plenty of time for things to go awry.

I think I have a better chance with 'Topsy Turvy.' It seems to behave more like a typical Echeveria, albeit a fussy one. E. nodulosa is just weird.