Echeveria agavoids in the shape of a mini agave is a particularly decorative small succulent plant. Reliable and easy to maintain, it can accompany you for years in a bright room or outside during the summer.
Scientific N. Echeveria agavoides
Synonyms Echeveria obscura, Echeveria yuccoides, Urbinia agavoides
Flowering end of winter in cultivation
Flowers orange yellow
Height10 / 15cm in leaves, 30cm in flowers
Plant and cultivate
Hardiness slightly hardy, to -6C
Exposition sunny bright shadow
Solplutt drainant, mais tolrant
Acidity basic neutral
Humidity normal trs sec
usegreenhouse, veranda, indoor plant, outdoor in Mediterranean area, outdoors during summer
Multiplicationcutting, divisions, seedlings
Echeveria agavoids where small agave echveria is a succulent plant belonging to the family Crassulaceae. She comes from high places in the mountains of central Mexico. This beautiful little echéveria, original with its angular leaves is common, easily cultivated; there are also under many horticultural forms. He makes a plant succulent extremely complacent pot.
Its high altitude origin makes it an echéveria relatively rustic, as long as it stays dry.
Description of Echeveria agavoides
The small agave echeveria produces a dense leaf rosette. This rosette, wide and 7 to 12 cm high, is generally unique: apart from a few proliferating varieties, it rarely makes 1 or more adventitious rosettes on old plants.
Its leaves are very tight, arranged so as to completely hide a very short stem. These thick and succulent leaves are triangular and pointed, bright green to bluish green depending on the individual.
The inflorescences ofEcheveria agavoides are not easy to obtain, they appear at the end of winter : they unfold in a swan neck and carry a few bell-shaped flowers, yellow.
With sunlight, the color of the small agave echéveria can vary, especially the tips of the leaves which stain pink, red or crimson. On the contrary, in light shade, this echeveria retains a luminous fresh green hue, a little satiny.
Varieties of small agave echéveria
- Echeveria agavoïdes var corderoyi is a variety very interesting and rather rare botany: finer and denser, with very pointed leaves.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Romeo Rubin’ is an entirely bright red plant if it is sufficiently sunny.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Red Edge’, is a shape with very angular bright green leaves with crimson ends.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Ebony’, more bluish, shows almost black leaf tips.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Lipstick’ is acid green, contrasting with red tips
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Prolifera’ makes side rosettes much more readily and can therefore be qualified as proliferating.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Cristata’ is a monstrous crest shape, it develops like a fan.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Gilva’ shows more rounded leaves, much less typical, but bluish.
- Echeveria agavoids ‘Sirius’ is blue and may turn quite pink in the sun.
How to grow Echeveria agavoides?
The small agave echeveria is not really not complicated to grow in a pot, indoors all year round, near a window or outdoors from April to September. It can show a hardiness up to -6 ° C, but on condition of being completely dry. This allows the grow nevertheless in a cold greenhouse or in a veranda without worrying about the cold.
Native to rocky slopes, this echeveria requires a substrate drainingpreferably quite mineral. To land should not be too rich, because it loses its beautiful thick and short shape. And the soil should not retain too much irrigation water, because this species is extremely drought resistant, but sensitive to excess humidity. On the other hand, it is quite slow to grow, but reliable.
Sometimes these succulents are sold in a 100% substrate potting soil, it is better then repot in loam made more draining by adding gravel. This repotting is possible anytime outside the winter rest season.
Echeveria agavoides accepts a exposition of light shade until full sun, and is therefore tolerant. But his skin can burn irreparably if it is suddenly passed from one to the other.
It will be watered from April to the end of September, but only when the soil in its pot is dry. Outside, however, where the atmosphere is perfectly ventilated, excess rain will be accepted as long as the pot is not bathed in a saucer.
The contributions offertilizer are to be avoided for this species, because it will tend to taper or become fragile to fungal attack. To nourish it, a renewal of the earth around the motte of roots or repotting in a larger pot every 2 years is best.
From the end of September to the beginning of April, the small agave echevereria prefers a hivernage fresh between 0 and 10 ° C, completely dry, therefore without any watering. When idle, it can be installed in a garage or attic if necessary, even if there is little light.
How to multiply Echeveria agavoides?
This echéveria only rarely produces lateral rosettes which can be divided during the summer months. Taken 1 or 2 days after a copious watering, they are well swollen and take root without difficulty, simply placed on the ground.
If your Echeveria agavoides does not rejection, it must be multiplied by cuttings leaves, which works wonderfully from May to July:
Once the plant is well re-inflated by watering, it is necessary to release the stem a little under the leaves to be able to take 1 or more leaves among the lowest. It is unhooked from the rod with a precise movement, by pulling from side to side, without crushing the leaf between his fingers.
Did you know ?
Because of its silhouette in mini-agave, very aesthetic, Echeveria agavoides is regularly sold as an artificially colored plant in paint (green, blue, gold, etc.). Decorative as they are, it is unlikely that they will then survive such treatments, their skin being completely obscured, these Echeveria will be asphyxiated.
Species and varieties of Echeveria agavoides
150 highly ornamental species
- Echeveria elegans, elegant echeria
- Echeveria gibbiflora, a massive plant that can reach 1 m in height
- Echeveria glauca, bluish
- Echeveria derenbergii, very easy to grow
- Echeveria nodulosa, a rarer species
- Echeveria Ionic, a velvety plant
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