Echeveria Atlantis, also known as ‘Peaches and Cream,’ is a beautiful looking plant that’s ideal for those just starting out in the world of succulents. It’s one of the most commonly bought succulents due to its signature wide rosettes and pink leaf tips.
If you’re planning to own an Echeveria Atlantis succulent or already have one, you’ll find everything you need to know about it in this one-stop guide.
- Family: Crassulaceae
- Subfamily: Sedoideae
- Tribe: Sedeae
- Genus: Echeveria
The Echeveria Atlantis is hybridized by Renee O’Connell, a Succulent Plant Development Breeder at Altman Specialty Plants in Mexico.
Echeveria Atlantis has a blue-green rosette with light pink leaf margins. If you look closely, you’ll find that the slightly wavy thin leaves are lightly coated in farina.
During the summertime, the rosettes take on a powdery blue skin. In winter, the tips change from light pink to deep pink, which looks quite striking against its bluish-green leaves.
Care Guide for Echeveria Echeveria Atlantis
Like most succulents, the Echeveria Atlantis is easy to grow and care for at whatever skill level.
The Echeveria Atlantis is both an indoor and outdoor plant. Indoors, place it near or by a window so that it’ll get at least five to six hours of sunlight every day. If you don’t have access to a window or if there isn’t sufficient sunlight streaming through, consider investing in an indoor grow light to help it thrive.
If you plan on keeping it outside, search for an area with bright, filtered light and ample airflow. Don’t place it directly under sunlight as its leaves might burn and/or dry out.
The ideal daytime temperature is around 70°F to 80°F. At night, it can be kept at 40°F to 60°F. Don’t keep it in temperatures above 100°F or below 32°F.
If the temperature drops below 42°F in wintertime, they’ll need to be taken indoors. If left in freezing temperatures, the water stored in its membranes will expand and burst. Once this happens, there’s a high chance it’ll die.
Echeveria Atlantis succulents prefer bright light. Regardless, it’s important to keep them away from direct sunlight especially during the summer months as it may cause sunburn and stress.
For the first few weeks, try to acclimatize them by putting them in a slightly shaded location that gets only the morning sun for a few hours every day. Then, slowly increase their sunlight exposure over a week or so until they’re in full light.
In the event that the foliage gets sunburned, the best thing to do is to pluck the rosette out of the plant. If the leaf you’ve removed isn’t too damaged, it can be used for propagation.
During wintertime, place them in the brightest window you have in your house or under fluorescent grow lights on a 12 to 14-hour schedule.
There’s no special watering technique when it comes to Echeveria Atlantis plants. As with most succulents, these plants don’t have a definitive watering schedule. Simply drench the soil all the way through to ensure everything is properly watered, then let it completely dry before watering it again a few days later.
If your plant is actively growing, make sure the soil is sufficiently moist. During winter, water them sparingly; preferably once every two weeks or so.
When the rainy season comes, use the rainwater captured off your roof or backyard pots to water these succulents, as rainwater doesn’t have any minerals that can prevent or delay the bloom or pruinose on their leaves.
Don’t use water that comes from a water softening unit, as it may contain salts that may kill the plant. Never wet the Atlantis’ leaves as it might cause it to rot, as water doesn’t evaporate as efficiently on leaves as it does on the soil. Even if it does, it might leave unsightly spots on the leaves’ waxy coating.
Don’t use spray bottles; instead, use a small, long-pouted can or water bottle. Tempered water is recommended when watering these plants.
Use porous, gritty, well-draining soil with at least 50% to 70% mineral grit and inorganic amendments like coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. You can also use equal parts bagged cactus mix and standard potting mix.
Echeveria plants like the Atlantis don’t care for alkaline soil much, but if you’re planning to use it, make sure your water is also alkaline like that of rainwater. Avoid fine sand as much as possible as it may clog up the pores in the plant’s soil.
Echeveria Atlantis succulents don’t need to be fertilized often, but they’ll certainly benefit from the extra minerals during their summer growing period. Avoid fertilizing them during Autumn and Winter to give it a chance to heighten their color.
Use a fertilizer that’s low in nitrogen (no more than 5%) and a 5-2-3 or 10-5-5 NPK, then dilute it to at least half of what’s recommended in the fertilizer’s label.
Don’t over-fertilize as it may cause fertilizer burn, which is a condition that results in the scorching of succulent foliage due to excess nitrogen salts.
Echeveria Atlantis succulents are prone to mealy bugs on their leaves and aphids on the buds of their flowers. At the first sight of bug infestation, pluck them away with a paintbrush dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol.
If bugs keep reappearing, consider treating the soil with insecticide and distribute it throughout the whole plant. Then, quarantine your succulent so the bugs don’t spread and affect the neighboring plants near it.
It’s also best to remove overly dry leaves instead of trying to treat it. Crackling and scabby leaves means that it contains mycoplasma, a bacteria transmitted by insects. It’s difficult to treat this condition without killing the entire plant.
These plants have a USDA hardiness zone of 9 to 11. They’re not extremely cold hardy, and can only withstand temperatures down to about 20°F.
The Echeveria Atlantis pops brilliantly against the other green tones of succulent plants, making it a great addition to terrarium or temperate gardens. Like any other succulent, the Atlantis thrives in bright light and low to moderate water. As long as you protect it during cold winter months and the occasional bug, expect this plant to live a long life.Shop Succulents on Amazon!
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