The Echeveria pulvinata, also known as hairy Echeveria, belongs to the Crasulaceas family.
It is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico.
The common names by which it is known are: Echeveria peluda, Echeveria velvet, Echeveria peluda, Chenille Plant, Plush Plant
It has hundreds of species that are distributed in arid, semi-arid and temperate zones of the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
It is very popular in the whole world for the beauty of its leaves, flowers and its easy maintenance.
Description of the Echeveria Pulvinata.
Echeveria pulvinata is a species of succulent plant of the family Crassulaceae (native of Mexico) very popular in collections around the world for the beauty of its leaves, flowers and easy maintenance. This species is characterized for being a small plant with a low branching index of the central stem. It usually emits 1-4 branches that manifest with the apical division of the stem of the plant. Each branch emits roots that if they make contact with the substrate can originate new plants.
Variety or Hybrid of the Echeveria Peluda or Velvet, Echeveria pulvinata
The leaves are arranged in rosettes (like all plants of the genus Echeveria ) terminals where at late ages we can observe the basal region of the bare stem. All the leaves are fleshy, have an intense green color-with gray tones and with reddish margins (only if exposed to strong light sources). They also have a lanceolate shape (somewhat rounded in some varieties or hybrids) and each leaf ends with a small “thorn” (it is not a thorn, it is a projection of the same leaf but it is called in this way).
The most attractive feature of the leaves is that they are covered by numerous whitish hairs in view (if you look at these hairs under a microscope you can see that they really are transparent and globose) both on the beam and on the underside. These hairs create a texture very pleasant to the touch. The hairs are also found on the stems.
The flowers are very beautiful and are grouped in racemes inflorescences that are supported by long flower stems. Each floral stem has smaller leaves than the natural ones of the plant. The flowers are orange-yellow with red hues. You can see in the interior of these flowers numerous stamens and multi-lobed stigma.
The flowering season occurs mainly in spring seasons.
How should be the substrate and fertilizer for the Echeveria Pulvinata.
The soil to keep it healthy must be sandy, very well drained and enriching the substrate of succulent plants, using every 15-20 days, a specific fertilizer.
The fertilizer for succulent plants should be poor in sulfur, to avoid creating an excessive amount of vegetation.
They are easily attacked by diseases caused by fungi.
We suggest growing the the Echeveria pulvinata inside the home, or in the shelter, the minimum temperatures go down to 15ºC.
Use commercial fertilizer specific for cactus, diluted in water, according to the manufacturer, preferably in spring and early summer.
This plant, like most Echeverias, needs at least a few hours a day of sunlight.
Succulent plants can also be grown in cold areas, with temperatures, which for many species can be lower than 5 ° C.
In this case it is necessary to keep them completely dry.
How to avoid pests and / or diseases in the Echeveria Pulvinata.
As daytime temperatures rise, in the spring, a treatment with a broad-spectrum insecticide should be applied.
Use it when there is no flowering in the garden.
Before the buds swell excessively, it is also advisable to practice a treatment with a broad spectrum fungicide.
With this we will prevent the development of fungal diseases.
How to multiply Echeveria Pulvinata
Echeveria Pulvinata they are easy to propagate by separating shoots or leaf cuttings.
They do it preferably at the beginning of summer, keeping the cuttings with heat.
At the time we will see that from that sheet some small leaves are coming out.
After a few weeks they will have become a nice new plant.
After taking the cuttings, they should be left to heal for a few days and then plant them in a sandy substrate.
They can also be reproduced by seeds.