Echeveria bifida - 20 seeds
|Echeveria bifida (Branched Flower Hens and Chicks) - A stemless compact plant with rosettes to 6 to 8 inches wide of up to 15 leaves with 2 to 5 inch long lanceolate leaves that are an unusual pale grayish-brown color. In summer the flowering stems rise 18 inches above the foliage and gracefully curve and branch with stems and bracts the same color as the foliage and bearing large salmon pinkish-orange flowers with yellow throats that barely flare open near the petal tips and with succulent sepals the same color as the leaves. Plant in full sun with occasional to little irrigation. The species is native to central Mexico in the states of Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Hidalgo and Queretaro|
Echeverias are very popular succulents that grow in attractive rosettes with beautiful leaves in a variety of colors and sometimes stunning flowers. These plants have been extensively hybridized, so in addition to the main species, there are many varieties that have been specially bred for interesting leaf form and color. Most Echeveria will remain fairly small (a few inches to a foot across), but some species will grow to small shrub-like plants of 2 feet. Members of the Crassulaceae family, their care is similar to sedum and kalanchoe succulents. Growing Conditions Light: Full sun. Perfect for a sunny window. Water: Water during the summer and spring, making sure drainage is immaculate. Reduce water in the winter to monthly. Temperature: Prefers average summer temps (65 degrees F - 70 degrees F). In winter, cool to 50 degrees F. Soil: A well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic). Fertilizer: Feed with a controlled-release fertilizer in the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.