As its foliage matures, it transitions between a vibrant palette of colors, from purple to grey to green to blue, all with a hint of pink in their crinkled edges. The Echeveria Shaviana is an excellent addition to your succulents’ collection!
Not only do we think they’re pretty, reliable plants, but it seems to be a consensus. The Royal Horticultural Society in the UK has awarded the Echeveria Shaviana the Award of Garden Merit.
Today, we’ll get to know more about this dazzling plant.
What Is Echeveria Shaviana?
The Echeveria Shaviana is another variation among 150 others of Echeveria. It goes by many names like Mexican Hens and Pink Frillsreferring to the frilly pink edges that appear when they bloom.
The crinkly edges of its leaves are its most distinguishing feature. The leaves are gray-ish blue/green with a pale frosty layer all over them. They mount as short-stemmed rosettes, where they grow up to 6 inches. They’ll showcase a bright pink color when light falls upon them.
As it ages, the Echeveria Shaviana’s leaves turn purple, silver, or green. They also become more frilly. Like the rest of Echeverias, they’re native to Northern Mexico.
Echeveria Shaviana – Plant Profile
- Common Names: Pink Frills, Mexican Hens, Mexican Hens and Chicks
- Family: Crassulaceae
- Sub Family: Sedoideae
- Desired Light: Full to partial sunlight
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 9b to 11b
- Prone To: Root rot disease
- Size: Up to 8 inches high and 12 inches in diameter
- Bloom Color: Pink
Echeveria Shaviana – Care Guide
Let’s get to know how to take care of the Pink Frills.
Like the rest of Echeverias, this plant loves a bright sun!
To flourish, it needs six hours of direct sunlight daily, especially in winter. It can withstand some shade, though, but not for so long. When it comes to summer, strong afternoon sunlight might do more harm than good to your Echeveria Shaviana. It’d be better to put it in a partial shade then.
If you’re keeping your plant indoors, make sure you place it near a window where it can get its daily sun intake. If not, you can use artificial light for plants.
Echeveria Shaviana is sensitive to abrupt light changes, so don’t move it from shade to direct sunlight quickly. Do it gradually to prevent its scorching from the sun.
Echeveria Shavianas love hot weather. They need the temperature to be above 20 °F for it to work for them. If you live in a cold area and you’re thinking of planting some, it’d be better to plant them indoors where it’s warm, assuming you can provide them with direct light.
Succulents, in general, can tolerate drought. This doesn’t mean you can leave your succulent plant to dry out. The right practice is to use the soak and dry method for watering, in which you soak the soil in water and let it dry out completely before watering again.
If you follow this method, you’ll know quite well when to water your Echeveria Shaviana. Actually, it works for all succulents. When the soil is entirely dry, you go ahead and soak it again.
On average, this is about once every two to three weeks.
In all cases, don’t let the water level rise to the leaves’ level, as it can rot them.
The thing is that Echeveria Shaviana is prone to rot fungus disease in the roots. That’s why it’s vital to take good care of its watering regimen. The soil is not to be left drowning in water, and you should ensure that the pot provides proper drainage.
The Echeveria Shaviana needs a well-draining soil mix, like its fellow succulents.
You can get a decent succulent soil mix from Amazon. The Next Gardner’s Professional Grower Mix Soil Fast Draining Pre-Mixed Coarse Blend is among the best.
You can go ahead a make your own soil mix, as well.
The Echeveria Shaviana is prone to infection with mealybugs, which are wingless bugs that have the appearance of cotton balls that grow on your plant and feed on it, causing the plant to wilt and decline. To protect your plant against them, make sure to remove dead leaves out of the pot as soon as you spot them.
The best time to fertilize the Echeveria Shaviana is during its growth periods, spring and summer. They’ll do well on their own, so don’t start on the fertilizer right away.
When you do, use smart release fertilizers that release their content gradually. Among good options are EarthPods Premium Cactus & Succulent Plant Food and Schultz Cactus Plus Liquid Plant Food. These are dedicated to succulents and are available online.
You can use seeds for this if you want. However, propagating succulents by seeds isn’t recommended as it takes a whole lot of time. Yet, if you wish to pursue it, throw in the seeds in some well-draining soil and put them in the sun.
The propagation method of Echeveria Shaviana isn’t different from other plants of the Echeveria family. You pluck out a leaf gently -you might need to use a knife for this- and leave it for a few days to callous. Then, plant it in the new propagation medium with the root facing downwards, preferably at a 45-degree angle. You can use a bamboo stick to support it at first.
Start to water it when the soil dries out and wait for your new Shaviana!
You can do the same with offsets produced from a mother plant if you have it. Just keep into consideration that the mother won’t start producing offsets before a year. To propagate using offsets, you should follow the same steps we described for propagation using cuttings and leaves.
There you have it, all about the stunning Echeveria Shaviana!
Regarding the best place to plant it, it’d be nice to plant as an individual specimen or a part of a rock garden. Just watch out for drainage!Buy Echeveria On Amazon!
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