Echeveria laui is a rare, slow-growing succulent native to Mexico. It forms rosettes of fleshy, blue-green leaves with red tips, arranged in a tight spiral pattern.
In the summer, it produces tall stems topped with clusters of pink to red flowers.
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About Echeveria laui
|Botanical Name||Echeveria laui|
|Light||Bright, Indirect Light|
|Bloom season||Spring, Summer|
|Water needs||Low, Moderate|
Echeveria laui Care
Echeveria laui requires bright but indirect light exposure. The leaves will become sunburned if exposed to direct light for long periods of time. A south-facing window would be ideal for this plant because it offers bright light without direct exposure to the sun’s rays. If you do not have a south-facing window in your house or office, then you can use grow lights instead of natural lighting for this plant’s care needs.
Echeveria laui is a succulent plant, which means it grows in arid conditions. It prefers well-drained potting soil that is slightly acidic. The soil should be allowed to dry out between watering to prevent root rot.
Water moderately from spring through fall, then allow the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings during winter dormancy when it is not actively growing new leaves or stems. Use potting soil with good drainage to prevent soggy soil conditions that lead to root rot problems.
Echeveria laui prefers a temperature range of 25-50 Fahrenheit. The plant can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 Fahrenheit, but the leaves will begin to show signs of damage. If you live in an area with temperatures below 20 Fahrenheit, you can grow your Echeveria indoors during the winter months. If you want to grow this plant outside in the winter, it is recommended that you bring the plant indoors after all danger of frost has passed.
Echeveria laui prefers low to moderate humidity conditions during its active growing period. Normal room temperature is perfectly fine for these plants.
Echeveria laui does not require much fertilizer, but some can help encourage blooming and promote the overall health of the plant. Fertilize with a water-soluble plant feed once a month during the growing season (spring through fall).
The only time you’ll need to prune your Echeveria laui is if the plant begins to look leggy. If this happens, simply remove the bottom leaves that have begun to turn brown and yellow. This will allow new leaves on higher-up branches of your plant to grow stronger and healthier.
Potting and Repotting Echeveria laui
Potting and repotting Echeveria laui is crucial for the plant’s overall health and wellbeing. The best time to repot this succulent is in the spring or fall when temperatures are mild and the plant has sufficient time to recover. Avoid repotting in the winter, as the plant may not be able to recover well in the colder temperatures.
To ensure the health of your Echeveria laui, repot it when the roots have become rootbound or when they are growing out of the drainage holes in the pot. This typically happens every two to three years. When selecting a new pot, choose one that is slightly larger than the previous pot, and use a well-draining soil mix formulated for succulents.
How to Repot (Step-by-Step)
- Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the original pot.
- Gently remove the plant from its old container, taking care not to damage the leaves or roots.
- Remove any dead or damaged leaves and trim excessively long roots.
- Fill the new container with a well-draining soil mix.
- Place the plant in the new container and backfill with soil, gently pressing down to secure the plant.
- Water the plant thoroughly and allow it to drain.
- Place the plant in a location with bright, indirect sunlight and avoid watering for a few days to allow it to acclimate to its new environment.
Propagating Echeveria laui by offsets(Step-by-Step)
- Wait for the plant to produce offsets during the late spring or early summer.
- Gently remove an offset from the parent plant using a clean, sharp knife.
- Let the offset dry and callus over for several days.
- Plant the offset in a well-draining soil mix.
- Water sparingly and provide bright, indirect light.
This plant produces pink and orange, star-shaped flowers on tall, thin stems in the summer. The flowers have a vibrant, tropical feel and attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. They add a lovely pop of color to the plant’s already striking silvery-blue foliage.
Echeveria laui is non-toxic, making it a great option for anyone who wants to add some greenery to their home or office.
NOTE: This page is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. The toxicity of an ingested substance varies depending on the amount ingested, the animal’s weight, and its sensitivity to specific allergens. Contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control center immediately if you think your pet may have ingested a toxic substance.
Aphids are common pests of Echeveria laui and can be identified by their small size and pear-shaped bodies. They tend to feed on the new growth and tender leaves of the plant, causing leaf curling and stunted growth if left untreated.
Mealybugs can also infest Echeveria laui and can be identified by the white, powdery wax they produce. They tend to feed on the undersides of leaves and can cause yellowing and wilting of affected leaves.
Spider mites can also be a problem for Echeveria laui. They can cause yellowing and browning of leaves and can be identified by the webbing they produce around the affected areas. Regular misting and the use of a miticide can help control these pests.
- Placing under harsh sunlight
- Using poorly drained potting mediums
- Fertilizing during dormancy