Echeveria minima

Echeveria minima is a genus of succulent plants that make up the Crassulaceae family. We are talking about approximately 400 different species, distributed throughout the American continent and originating (most) from Mexico.

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Usually, these succulent plants are not stemmed; they actually grow in a rosette.

Its leaves are characterized by storing water and nutrients (fleshy), various shades (Echeveria elegans, for example, have bluish foliage), and perennial in character.

The flowers grow from a long stem developed in the center of the rosette and are generally very striking.

Flowering usually occurs in spring and lasts until the end of summer.

The Echeveria minima is a succulent with a short stem, dense rosette, and that measures approximately 2 to 3.5 cm in diameter.

It has between 30 to 50 leaves, with the widest part near the apex than the base, 1 to 1.5 cm long, 7 9 mm wide and 2 to 3.5 mm thick,

The Echeveria minima are glaucous green with reddish upper edges.

The flowers are corolla, slightly angled, 8.5 to 11 mm in length, 5 to 7 mm in basal diameter. They are yellow with a reddish base, yellowish nectaries.

Its fruits are poly-follicles that open by themselves when ripe and contain more than 50 seeds each.

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Echeveria minima Care:

The Echeveria, is usually resistant vegetation with care that does not go beyond the basics. 

This succulent will thrive basically by lighting, periodic watering, or maintenance pruning.

Whatever variety you have, the care that we will show you below is general for all the species that make up this genus of succulents. This way, you will not have any problem with your plant.

Location

The echeverias will need you to locate them in a very bright space with a daily period of direct sunlight. 

Be careful that the succulent doesn’t receive a lot of direct sunlight; their leaves can burn. 

I recommend that you grow them in an outside window or balcony with some protection from the sun, wind, and rain.

Echeverias are plants for outdoors (although they can be located indoors), so you can place them in the garden, on the terrace, or, as I have said, on a balcony.

Today they are used to cover complex areas with little lands, such as rockeries.

Watering

As for the irrigation of the echeveria, you should know that it is recommended that you water it only when the surface of the soil is completely dry. It is a plant that does not tolerate waterlogging.

Too much water can cause roots to rot, so be careful with this.

A common way of watering, since the echeveria grows very compactly occupying the entire space of the pot, is to make watering by immersion. That is, submerge the pot for a few minutes in water so the soil can absorb what it needs.

As it happens with other plants, the irrigations will have to increase in the time of more heat and soon to be reduced in winter.

Substratum

The type of substrate will depend on the environment in which the plants are grown. For example:

Pots: use sandy substrates or, failing that, universal farmland mixed with perlite.

Garden: it is best to grow them in soil that drains well with proper irrigation and rainwater. It is capable of surviving in more or less poor lands, but remember ti will not tolerate waterlogging.

 Ideally, use a mixture of sand and leaf mulch.

Pruning

Echeveria minima does not need to be pruned, but it will only require you to eliminate those parts that are in bad condition. 

Transplant

Like many plants, the echeveria will need to be transplanted. 

Usually, if you have it in a pot, transplant every 2 years or so.

Ideally, do it when spring comes.

How is it done?

Use a pot (if you have decided to transplant it to one of them) large enough to grow freely.

Ideally, you should use a terracotta container and not a plastic one. 

Plastic pots do not let the soil sweat.

Use compost for succulent plants mixed with perlite, so the soil will be more porous and will allow the free circulation of irrigation or rainwater.

Put pieces of clay into the pot’s drain hole so that neither the roots nor the soil obstructs the water from draining.

Once you have transplanted it, water it and, if possible, do it by immersion.

Fertilizer

From the beginning of spring to the end of summer, it is essential to fertilize the Echeverias minima with a liquid or granular fertilizer for cacti and succulents, following the instructions specified on the package.

Plagues and diseases

They are very resistant to plagues and diseases, but mealybugs, aphids (especially flowers), and mollusks (snails and slugs) are enemies that must be monitored and controlled.

Just be aware of white or brown spots on your succulents.

Rusticity

The Echeveria resist the cold, but the frosts harm them. 

It would be best if you didn’t have the succulents on temperatures below 0 ºC/32°F, but in some cases, they can handle an occasional frost of -2ºC/28.4°F. 

Keep in mind that it can survive a frost, but don’t make the plant go through this frequently is best to be saved.

Its leaves may suffer some frost damage, but the plant could survive.

In conclusion

Echeverias minima are, without a doubt, a great choice to have in our home. 

These plants go with any decoration, also thanks to its small size, it is a perfect plant to have inside our home or office.

And they are perfect for gifts.

In addition to being beautiful, it is a plant that is quite easy to care for and resistant to drought, so if you are new to the world of succulents or do not have much time to care for your plants, Echeveria minima are the ideal one for you.

Hope this article was helpful, if you have any other question, please let me know.