By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Another of the most commonly owned succulents, the popular Echeveria ‘Lola’ plant is a beautiful, rosette that may be surrounded by pups. Offsets, known as pups or babies, produce readily on this grayish-blue leafed favorite. Growing Lola echeveria is simple too.
Lola echeveria has pale gray-blue leaves, often tinged in pink. Flowers, blooming in summer, are peach or salmon shades.
Find a Lola succulent at your local nursery or order from a reputable online site. Avoid ordering from individuals without credentials. Many are ripped off after being enticed by an inexpensive price. You want to start off with a healthy and pest-free plant for the best succulent growing experience.
Choose an appropriate container for your new Lola, one with drainage holes so that you can water correctly. The occasional watering should drench the plant until water comes out the bottom. Amended, well-draining soil encourages the water to move through and not remain on the roots.
You can amend cactus and succulent soil with coarse sand, pumice, coir, or perlite. Or you can make your own soil. More succulents are lost to overwatering and soil holding too much water than any other reason, so it is worthwhile to get the soil mixture right from the beginning.
Proper soil and sunlight, along with limited water ensure a happy specimen. Once potted, find a sunny spot to locate your echeveria plant, but wait before putting it in full sun. Young plants have not likely yet been exposed to full sun and may not have even been in the sun. Where was it growing when you bought it? For an online purchase, assume it was in a greenhouse with indirect light and, if you bought it at a garden center, how much sun did it get there?
Acclimate to full morning sun, starting with a couple hours per day and increasing by half an hour each week. When growing indoors, Echeveria ‘Lola’ info says a south window is best. If no long-term light is available from your windows, install a grow light. When growing echeveria outside, slowly adjust it to full morning sun. Avoid afternoon sun, especially in summer, as leaves may sunburn. Leaves remain on the plant for a long period, you don’t want them marred by scalded spots.
Care for a Lola echeveria includes keeping water from the rosettes and removing dead leaves from the bottom. Water at the soil level to avoid splashing the leaves. If water accidentally gets into the rosette, use a paper towel or cotton ball to remove it before damage happens. A few dying leaves on the bottom of your echeveria is normal. Remove them and keep the soil free of debris to avoid pests and diseases.
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Many people regard echeverias as one of the most beautiful types of succulents. The sheer number of species in many different sizes and colors mean there are so many to choose from. You can recognize echeverias by their rosette shape and plump fleshy leaves.
You can choose from echeverias that have attractive rosette shapes and gray-green leaves, or kinds that look like ruffled lettuce, or also varieties of spiky star-shaped succulents. You can also choose from echeveria succulents that are in shades of red, green, grayish-blue, pink, and silver-white. There are even variegated types of echeverias with multicolored leaves.
Echeveria plants are also a type of flowering succulent plant that produces bell-shaped flowers. Long thin stems emerge from the compact rosettes that have beautiful pink, orange, or peach-colored flowers.
Some of the most popular echeverias are also called ‘hens and chicks.’ The “chicks” are smaller clones or ‘offsets’ that the mother plant (the “hen”) produces.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ is the most popular ornamental succulent plant up to 6 inches tall. It forms a sculpted rosette up to 6 inches in diameter, with a somewhat rosebud shape. The leaves are alabaster marble with a delicate blush of pinkish violet and tipped with rose. Rosette gives the impression of alabaster wax suffused with violet. The blooms are yellow or coral pink, bell-shaped and appear on short stems in spring.
Scientific Name: Echeveria ‘Lola’
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.
It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with all-purpose potting mix.
Water Echeveria plant regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.
It prefers an average summer temperature of 65ºF / 18ºC – 70ºF / 21ºC. In winter, cool to 50ºF / 10ºC.
Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at 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.
Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before re-potting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
It can be easily propagated by seeds, offsets or leaf cuttings in spring. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.
Echeveria Afterglow does not appear in the list of plants that are toxic to cats and dogs on the website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
If you suspect that your Echeveria Afterglow succulent plant is dying, there are 2 possible causes: Overwatering and pest infestation.
Overwatering Echeveria Afterglow will lead to root rot. If the roots of the plant start to rot, it will develop fungus that can spread to its other areas.
If you observe that parts of Afterglow are developing a brownish or blackish color that is evidence of root rot.
Immediately restrict the frequency of watering and cut off the infected part of the plant using a sterilized pair of garden shears. You can apply a fungicide to limit the growth of the fungus.
It would be a good idea to repot Afterglow. Gently remove the plant from the soil and allow the roots to thoroughly dry before transferring it to another pot with fresh potting soil.
2. Pest Infestation
Afterglow, like other members of the Echeveria variety, attracts pests such as mealybugs and aphids. These pests drink the sap of the plant and could deprive it of nutrition and hydration.
To keep pests away, remove dead leaves from the base of the plant. You can apply neem oil or an insecticide to get rid of them.
Mealybugs leave white, cotton-like substances on the plant. You can remove them by wiping with a piece of cotton that has been soaked in denatured alcohol.
Yes, Echeveria Afterglow produced flowers in the summertime. The flowers have an orange-red color with bright edges that give it an ethereal look about it.
It is recommended to remove the flower stalk as it may interfere with the growth of Afterglow.