Echeveria gibbiflora is a very popular succulent amongst succulent enthusiasts. What’s so special about this plant?
How can you grow and care for Echeveria gibbiflora? Read this easy guide.
What Is Echeveria Gibbiflora?
Echeveria Gibbiflora is a succulent that is also one of the largest species in the “Echeveria” genus.” This magnificent species is parent to a lot of Echeveria hybrids, and Echeveria gibbiflora caruncula is a common example of Echeveria gibbiflora hybrid.
The plant was first documented in 1828 by a botanist, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. Though native to Mexico and Guatemala, Echeveria gibbiflora is now commonly found all over the world in succulent garden nurseries and stores.
– Uses of Echeveria Gibbiflora
Echeveria gibbiflora has a lot of uses. Some of which are:
- Medicine: In Mexico, Echeveria gibbiflora is mixed with other ingredients to make contraceptives and other local medicines.
- Succulent garden plant: This beautiful and large succulent is a great addition to your garden. It can attract hummingbirds and other special pollinators during its bloom period.
- Suitable for hanging baskets: If you can properly care for your Echeveria gibbiflora and place the basket in the right location, you will enjoy the sight of your plants in hanging baskets.
As you already know, Echeveria is a very popular genus with so many species. How can you identify Echeveria gibbiflora? Continue reading.
– How To Identify Echeveria Gibbiflora
Something common in the genus is that most species grow in clumps and it gives them a special type of beauty. Other features of Echeveria gibbiflora are:
- Rosette: The rosette typically has no more than 15 leaves. The stem can grow 16 inches tall, and about 1 inch in diameter. It is one of the few succulents with long stems.
- Leaves: The leaves of Echeveria gibbiflora are broad and are described as glaucous leaves. They are spoon-shaped, reddish-green, and can grow 8 inches tall.
- Flowers: Echeveria gibbiflora has a tall flower stalk (can reach 40 inches). The stalk can contain over 150 flower buds. These plants bloom between September to January. Each bloom can last seven or eight days. The flowers are bell-shaped, red and yellow in color.
- Fruits: Echeveria gibbiflora produces dry fruits. Each fruit can contain over 200 small seeds.
Beautiful, isn’t it? How can you care for your Echeveria gibbiflora?
Echeveria Gibbiflora Care
You should note that Echeveria gibbiflora is not a fast grower. Even though it grows slowly, caring for Echeveria gibbiflora is very easy as this species is easy to care for and it is low-maintenance.
– Getting Your Echeveria Gibbiflora
Echeveria gibbiflora is very easy to find in succulent gardens and shops. You can also get seeds, seedlings, and cuttings from online shops. Before your Echeveria gibbiflora plant arrives, make sure that you already have a suitable potting mix.
You can buy a succulent or cactus mix for your Echeveria gibbiflora. If you’d love to make the substrate yourself, make sure that you mix two-part sand, perlite, or other inert minerals with one-part organic materials such as topsoil, loam, and compost.
– Planting Your Echeveria Gibbiflora
For your first Echeveria gibbiflora, you should start with seedlings. Growing seedlings is easy as all you have to do is transplant them into a new pot. Make sure that the pot has drainage holes through which excess water and moisture can drain off.
When transplanting your Echeveria gibbiflora seedlings, make sure that the substrate is completely dry. Water your new plants two or three days after planting.
– Water Requirements
Watering Echeveria gibbiflora is just like other succulents. Only water the media when it is fully dry to prevent root rot from attacking your plants. To water your Echeveria gibbiflora, soak the potting mix with water. When you see water dripping from the holes below, stop watering. Make sure that the water drains off quickly, else you may need to change the potting mix.
You can also water your Echeveria gibbiflora plants by misting them. You do not need to water your plants in autumn and winter.
– Echeveria Gibbiflora Light Requirements
Echeveria gibbiflora needs full sun. You should plant your succulents in a location where they can get six or more hours of direct sunlight daily. Always remember that Echeveria gibbiflora needs more sun and less water.
You can grow your Echeveria gibbiflora with grow lights indoors. Note that indoor plants do not grow as fast as those grown outside.
– Temperature Requirements
As a temperate succulent, Echeveria gibbiflora is cold-hardy. Your plant can tolerate temperatures between 25 to 40 F (-3.9 to 4.4 C). Echeveria gibbiflora grows best in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 10b, so if you live in those regions, you can easily grow this large succulent in your garden outside as it is a perennial plant.
– Nutrient Requirements
You should fertilize your Echeveria gibbiflora with a water-soluble fertilizer. You can get different types of fertilizers specially made for the genus Echeveria in garden shops. You should use a balanced fertilizer (diluted to be half-strength) for your Echeveria gibbiflora.
You do not need to fertilize your succulents if the potting mix or soil is nutrient-rich. In nutrient-poor substrate, fertilize your Echeveria gibbiflora twice monthly in the growing season.
– Repotting Your Echeveria Gibbiflora
Repot your Echeveria types every two or three years in summer. You should repot your plants when the pot is becoming too small for them or when the substrate is not draining water as quickly as it should. Note that any substrate that retains moisture is not suitable for Echeveria gibbiflora.
– Pruning Your Echeveria Gibbiflora
Check the leaves at the bottom. If they are dead, weak, brown, or building moisture from the ground, you should prune them off. When repotting your plants, check the roots. If you can find dead roots, remove them.
You can easily propagate your Echeveria succulent by yourself. There are so many methods of propagating this large succulent. Here are some methods that you can try:
– Leaf Cutting
Propagating succulents such as Echeveria gibbiflora through their leaves is a very common and fun method. All you have to do is collect a healthy and large leaf (preferably among the bottom leaves).
Place the leaf in a suitable potting mix. Allow the leaf to dry out or callus in three days. On the third or fourth day, you will notice new plants growing attached to the edges of the leaf.
If the number of the new plants (pups) growing is more than what you need in that pot, you can thin some out. After ten days, you cover the roots of the pups with sand or mulch. Water the pups by misting until they are well-established.
– Stem Cutting
Propagating Echeveria gibbiflora plants using their stem cutting is another common method. Cut a stem and wait until it forms a callus, usually in two or three days. Make sure that there are no fresh wounds in the stem.
You can plant the Echeveria gibbiflora stem cutting immediately in a suitable potting mix, or dip it in a rooting hormone before planting. Water the stem cutting by misting. In less than two weeks, you should see signs of new leaf growth.
Offsets or pups are little plants that grow attached to your matured Echeveria gibbiflora usually after pollination. If you properly collect the pups, you can plant and care for them so that they can grow healthy.
To collect the pups, brush off excess substrate away to reveal where the pups are attached to the mother Echeveria gibbiflora. Carefully turn and twist the pups away from the mother plant. Place the Echeveria gibbiflora pups on a surface where the wound can callus in four or five days.
Plant the pups in a suitable potting mix or soil. Water them by misting. Note that they will take more than two weeks to show signs of growth, so you should not remove them from the potting mix to check for roots.
Propagating Echeveria gibbiflora is easy, right?
Even though Echeveria gibbiflora is easy to grow and care for just like other succulents, you may encounter some challenges when growing the plant. Here are some examples:
Echeveria gibbiflora plants are frequently visited by pests such as aphids. If you live in an area with American bushtits, you do not have to worry about aphids. Other pests that can attack your Echeveria gibbiflora are mealy bugs, snails and slugs.
If you notice that the tips of your Echeveria gibbiflora leaves are becoming brown and dry, you should water your plants as they lack water. While Echeveria gibbiflora can withstand some levels of drought, they cannot survive completely without water. Make sure to water your Echeveria gibbiflora occasionally.
– Plant Rot
You know what happens when you do not give enough water to your Echeveria gibbiflora. Do you know what happens if you give your Echeveria gibbiflora too much water?
Root rot in Echeveria gibbiflora is caused by various fungi species that thrive in moist soil or potting mix. In a moist substrate, succulents are easily attacked by these fungi species and they can be disastrous.
Symptoms of root rot include brown, wet and dying leaves. To help your Echeveria gibbiflora, remove it from the substrate, prune off every dying root and leaves, and then wait for it to callus in two days. Plant it afterward in a dry and well-drained substrate.
Is Echeveria gibbiflora easy to grow and care for? I think so too. Please remember the following points below:
- You can grow your Echeveria gibbiflora year-round outside if you live in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 10b.
- Only water your plants when the substrate is fully dry to prevent root rot. Remember to water regularly.
- You can propagate Echeveria gibbiflora plants through their leaves, stem cutting, and by offsets that they produce.
- Repot your Echeveria gibbiflora every two or three years when the pot or substrate is no longer suitable.
- In nutrient-rich soil, you do not need to fertilize your plants. The best type of fertilizer for Echeveria gibbiflora is one made specially for the Echeveria genus.
What are you waiting for? Start growing your Echeveria gibbiflora. Remember the useful tips in this guide.
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