Echeveria Arctic Ice [Care Guide]


Echeveria Arctic Ice
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You’ve probably come across this beauty in a wedding bouquet or a bride and groom’s takeaway gift. Like Snow White, the Echeveria Arctic Ice is an eye-catcher whose appeal is tied to its icy, frosty nature.

Succulents are a perfect fit for planting newbies as they require minimal effort to care about them, and if you desert them for a while, those resilient plants can survive on their own. Such tough beings!

Echeveria Arctic Ice is no different. Today, we’ll get to know this beautiful plant, and we’ll tell you how to care about it.

What Is the Echeveria Arctic Ice?

The Arctic Ice is a descendant of the Echeveria family, succulent plants that are native to Mexico all the way down to Argentina, with over 150 variations. Most of them have this cabbage-like flowery appearance, and they have varying color hues. Unlike cacti, they look resilient yet welcoming!

The Arctic Ice Echeveria is composed of concentric, mounting rosettes of pale blue/green foliage with white powdery farina. The bell-shaped leaves proudly sport a dazzling coral orange color at their edges, enhancing their beauty.

Unlike the vibe its name gives, the Echeveria is grown in Texas to Central America. In fact, the Arctic Ice is a hybrid plant, courtesy of Altman Plants.

Known as the “Mexican Hens & Chicks,” the Arctic Ice Echeveria might produce new offsets around their mother plant. If given space, these “chicks” can expand on their own. You can also take them off and transplant them in another pot.

Echeveria Arctic Ice – Plant Profile

  • Height: 3 to 5 inches
  • Shape: Rosette
  • Foliage Size: Up to 6 inches in diameter
  • Leaves: Evergreen
  • Seasonality: Late winter and spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Soil: Porous soil with proper drainage
  • PH Level: 5.5 – 6.0
  • USDA Zone: 10

Echeveria Arctic Ice – Care Guide

Arctic Ice Echeverias thrive in desert-like conditions. Like most succulents, they love hot weather, and they’re to be watered in dribs and drabs.

Watering

As for watering frequency, the rule of thumb is that you should water a succulent when its soil dries out. This varies according to the weather and the season, but a rough estimate is once a week in summer and once or twice a month in winter.

If you’re going to get an Echeveria Arctic Ice, it’s better to get a container with drainage holes to let out extra water to protect your artic ice from rotting.

Soil

To make sure your plant gets the exact amount of water it needs, we recommend you get a succulent soil mix for optimal results.

Succulent soils have ingredients that allow for proper drainage like coarse sand, pea gravel, and perlite. The Professional Grower Mix Soil and Sun Gro Horticulture are good examples that you can find online.

Some sources recommend using ‘sandy’ soil for succulents. By ‘sandy,’ they mean draining soil. If you’re going to use actual sand, make sure it’s coarse-grained.

Light

Should I plant the Echeveria Arctic Ice indoors or outdoors?

Well, lucky for you, you can do both!

As long as it gets six straight hours of direct sunlight or bright fluorescent light daily, you can keep your Arctic Ice wherever you want.

However, succulents can get sunburnt just like us. It’s why they have this their protective powdery farina. If it’s sizzling hot outdoors, don’t leave your Echeveria Arctic Ice there for plenty of days without getting some shade. It’ll tolerate the heat for a while, but not necessarily for too long.

If you decide to go with the indoor option, we’d recommend you place it near a window to get the desired daily dose of sun rays. If that’s not the case in your house, then you can invest in a light for succulents unit. They’re about $20-$30 on average, and they can do a whole lot for your indoor succulent.

Temperature

As we said before, the name “Arctic Ice,” has more to do with the “frosty” appearance rather than the weather conditions. This plant requires a minimum of 20° F to grow. It won’t tolerate cold temperature for long, a thing you have to consider if you’re planning to keep your Echeveria Arctic Ice indoors.

Frost damage causes scarring of the Arctic Ice’s leaves, so you’ve gotta take this seriously.

Fertilizer

Don’t start with the fertilizer right away, especially if you’re using bagged soil, as it’ll probably be full of nutrients. When the plant starts growing, we recommend using a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season. One of the best smart release fertilizers for succulents overall is Osmocote’s 274150 Smart-Release Plant Food.

Another option is to use a weak liquid fertilizer solution every week, like AeroGarden’s Liquid Nutrients. You can use a 20-20-20 fertilizer at quarter strength or 10-5-5 at half strength. Just ensure that the nitrogen content of the fertilizer you’re using doesn’t exceed 5%.

Propagation

To propagate Echeveria Arctic Ice, you can use mature leaves or stem cuttings. Remember what we said about “chicks” growing around their mother’s stem? You can take these little chicks away to transplant them in a new pot.

To do this, gently pluck a leaf from your Echeveria Arctic Ice plant and leave it a few days. Then, you need to place this leaf in the new propagation medium with a 45-degree angle and leave it in indirect sunlight.

As we mentioned before, to get full control over lighting conditions, it’s best to use a grow light for succulents. You should expect roots after two to three weeks.

The best time to propagate Echeveria Arctic Ice is from early spring to late winter.

Wrap Up

Succulents are a perfect option for newbies, as they’ll withstand some neglect and will tolerate some rookie mistakes. However, a succulent plant doesn’t have to be a traditional cactus; there are various plants that you might not be aware of.

One of these beautiful plants is the Echeveria Arctic Ice; it looks nice, feels nice, and grows well!

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