Echeveria Agavoides Ebony

The Echeveria agavoides ebony is an evergreen plant that is native to the United States, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.

In general, it does not have a stem or trunk, but there are some exceptions since there are species of Echeverias that do rise a little from the ground.

The leaves of this type of plant are flattened and fleshy, and rosette-shaped.

In tropical areas, this plant grows very well and does not require too much care. 

However, in areas where there are frosts, especially if you have long winters, you should be a little more careful to prevent the plant from suffering since these plants are from hot climates.

The Echeveria Agavoides Ebony is a species of flowering plant of the Crassulaceae family, native to Mexico’s rocky areas.

Echeveria Agavoides ‘Ebony’ is an evergreen succulent. 

This plant has a rosette shape; its leaves are fleshy, pointed, and green in color. 

Sometimes the leaves have red margins.

This plant can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) wide.

This plant blooms in late winter to spring; the flowers are reddish with yellow tips.

Echeveria Agavoides Ebony Care:

Echeverias are easy plants to care for. If you follow the following tips, I assure you that your plant will live happily for a long time. With a good substrate, good lighting, and proper watering, this plant is happy.

Watering

The main weakness of the echeveria is watering. It’s essential that you keep good watering habits with this succulent plant. Keep in mind that succulents die more from overwatering.

Watering will depend on the time of the year; usually, during summer, the plant will require more water than during winter. The key is to always check the soil and wait for it to dry before watering.

Substrate

Remember that excess moisture is terrible for succulents, so the ideal substrate for echeveria is an airy, loose soil with excellent drainage, a mixture of 50% peat, 25% coarse sand or river stone, and 25% topsoil.

You can also mix universal soil with any element that improves drainage, such as perlite, vermiculite, river stones, among others.

Lighting

Echeverias are plants that need to be placed in very bright spaces; these plants need to receive a good amount of sun daily.

If you want to have the plant inside your home or office, I recommend putting them near a window or balcony where it receives a good amount of sun.

But if on the contrary, if you want to have it in your patio or garden, you can place it in a place where it receives a good amount of daily sun. 

Although it is always good that you protect them from midday sunlight, especially in summer.

Temperature:

Echeverias are a temperate plant. These plants’ ideal temperature is between 21ºC (69ºF) and 27ºC (80ºF) during the warmer months. It’s recommended that this plant is not subjected to temperatures below 15ºC (59ºF) for very long periods.

If your area’s temperatures are very low, it is best to put it inside your home. If you have it planted directly in the garden, you can protect it with a tarp or something similar to prevent the plant from dying.

Transplant

If you want to know when to transplant your echeveria, you should check the pot’s drainage hole and check if the roots are coming out there. But if you don’t have holes in your pot, it’s recommended to transplant every 1 to 2 years.

If this is the case, it is best to transplant your plant into a pot 3 to 4 cm larger than the plant. Do not use an excessively large pot, as this is worse for the plant.

To transplant your echeveria, you should only do it in spring or summer to prevent the plant from suffering from low winter temperatures.

When you’ve transplanted your plant, add a slow-release fertilizer to the substrate to add nutrients to your plant, so it grows stronger.

Pruning

Unlike other succulents, echeverias do not need to be pruned. You can remove the leaves that are wilted or that were attacked by a plague, as this will help the plant grow healthily.

Propagation

Echeverias can multiply by seeds and by cuttings.

The method of multiplication by seeds is more complicated. But, if you decide to multiply your plant by this method, what you should do is fill a seedbed with a sandy substrate and place the seeds in the seedbed.

Always keep the seedbed moist, but avoid waterlogging, as this can form fungus. Locate the seedbed in a place where it receives good but never direct lighting.

After a few weeks, the seeds will germinate. When you notice that it has grown and you notice that the roots are strong, you can transplant the echeveria to the pot where you want to sow it.

If you want to multiply your plant through cuttings, you must separate a leaf or stem from the plant.

You should let the cutting dry for a couple of days.

After this time, prepare a pot with a substrate with good drainage.

If the propagation is by leaves, you must place the leaf above the substrate without sinking it from the ground. 

But, if the multiplication is by stem cutting, bury it lightly in the pot. Keep the substrate moist regardless of whether it is per leaf or per stem, avoiding wetting the plant.

Keep the substrate moist until the plant begins to root. When the plant has a good amount of roots and looks strong, don’t water as often. 

Disease

Echeverias, in general, are very resistant plants. But, they can be attacked by mealybugs that lodge between pairs of leaves.

To know if this pest is attacking your plant, you should notice the following symptoms; leaf bumps, hardening, and waxy discharge on leaves and stems.

To eliminate it, you can spray with water under pressure.

You can also prepare a cotton swab, or cotton soaked in alcohol and clean the areas affected by this pest, then rinse with water.

If you want to simplify your life, you can buy a specific insecticide for this pest and follow the container’s instructions.

If a fungus attacked the plant, it is best to remove the old substrate and transplant your echeveria with a new substrate to prevent the fungus from spreading further.

Fertilizer

Echeveria, like all succulents, does not require fertilization. 

But you can give it a good dose of nutrients so that the plant grows healthy and strong; this helps it flourish.

If you want to add any fertilizer, you must do it during spring and summer, and eliminate its use in winter.

Avoid buying fertilizers with high concentrations of chemical ingredients, as this can burn the plant.