By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Echeveria are some of the easiest succulents to grow, and the Perle von Nurnberg plant is one of the prettiest examples of the group. You won’t miss flowers when you grow Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg.’ The soft lilac and pearlescent tones of the rosettes areas sweet as roses and will beautify a rockery, container garden or pathway.Read further for some comprehensive Perle von Nurnberg info.
If you are searching for an uncomplaining plant with cherubic appeal and beautiful form and color, look no further than Perle von Nurnberg Echeveria. This little succulent produces pups and will eventually grow as big as a dinner plate with good light and care. Warm region gardeners can add this plant to their landscape, while the rest of us should enjoy them in the summer and bring them indoors for winter.
The Perle von Nurnberg succulent is native to Mexico. This Echeveria is said to be a cross between E. gibbiflora and E. elegans by Richard Graessner in Germany around 1930. It has dense rosettes with pointed,thickened leaves in grayish lavender tipped in blush pink. The pastel palette is one of nature’s phenomenal tricks, and as appealing as any flower.
Each leaf is dusted with a fine white powder, adding to the appeal. These little guys grow up to 10 inches (25 cm.) tall and 8 inches (20 cm.) wide. Each small plant will send up one foot (30 cm.) long reddish stems with spikes of beautiful coral bell-like flowers. The Perle von Nurnberg plant will produce smaller rosettes, or offsets, which can be divided away from the parent plant to create new plants.
Echeveria prefer full to partial sun in well-draining soil and grow well outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11. In cooler regions, grow them in containers and set them out for summer, but bring them indoors to a bright location for winter.
They are remarkably unbothered by pests or disease, but boggy soil will sound the death knell for these xeriscape plants. Once established, the plants rarely need watering and should be kept dry in winter if grown as houseplants.
To improve appearance, remove spent flower stems and old rosettes that are past their prime.
Separate offsets in spring and every few years replant the rosettes, removing the oldest for a better appearance. Any time you are repotting or removing the plants, make sure the soil is dry before they are disturbed.
In addition to separating the offset, these plants propagate easily from seed or leaf cuttings. Seeded plants will take years to approach mature size. Take leaf cuttings in spring or early summer. Prepare a container with succulent or cacti soil that has been lightly moistened. Place the leaf on the surface of the soil and cover the entire container with a clear plastic bag. Once a new plant sprouts from the leaf, remove the cover.
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June finds us swooning over one of our succulent besties — Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’. For this post we’ll mark PVN’s heritage of sorts (well, its breeder’s) by adding the umlaut: Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’. An amazing abundance of shiny hybrids have followed since ‘Perle’ arrived in the 1930s, but there’s a reason why it was a must-include in our Succulents All Time Favorites Collection on Amazon.
OK, several. First, there’s intriguing mystery surrounding the plant’s Echeveria parentage. As one dives deeper into the succulent world, opportunities arise to venture down rabbit holes, many of them dealing with genetics. Plant parents. Also, in the case of ‘Perle’, not one but two German plant mavens get credit for the plant’s creation. We’re in the camp that understands it was horticulturist and breeder Alfred Gräser who created this fabulous hybrid.
The story goes that Gräser came up with ‘Perle’ in the 1930s by crossing Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’ (no, not that Metallica) with Echeveria potosina. Today, E. potosina is widely considered to be a synonym of E. elegans. No more than a variation. Next, there’s uncertainty about what was or is the true ‘Metallica’. And it very well may be that neither ‘Perle’ parent was a true species. Hybrids, both of them! The International Crassulaceae Network credits Gräser himself for that revelation.
The ICN site has some more illuminating deets about the plant’s history, such as that right from the beginning of its introduction, “three slightly different forms … were propagated and distributed: a form with steel-blue leaves, a form with reddish leaves, and a form with silvery-gray leaves. This explains why the flowers do not resemble E. gibbiflora flowers.”
This is all fascinating stuff and reason for us to become even bigger succulent nerds, but it ultimately comes down to simple plant love — waking up in the morning or coming home from work and scurrying out to the patio or garden to see the swoon-worthy colors and symmetry. Did the buds open? Any new pups? On that note, we admire PVN’s out-of-this-world purple-pink highlights that pop from the powdery pale grayish-brown backdrop.
In the video below, our succulent whisperer Tom talks about pairing this impeccably elegant rosette star with other echeverias of contrasting shades.
Echeveria ‘Perle von Nürnberg’ is available on our retail succulent store (shopaltmanplants.com) or wholesale store (cactusshop.com). PVN is also part of some of our collections on Amazon.
Echeveria is a large genus of succulent plants native to parts of Central America, South America, and Mexico. Succulents in the Echeveria genus are distinguished from other succulents like Haworthias and Sempervivums by their plump, smooth leaves that display in a stunning rosette shape. They can range in size from a couple of inches tall to up to 12 inches tall depending on the variety.
Thanks to their ease of care, Echeverias have grown in popularity amongst gardeners and house plant enthusiasts alike. They are well-suited to bright, dry environments and appreciate periods of neglect, making Echeverias ideal house plants whether you have a green thumb or not!
If you have a stretched succulent that has grown tall and leggy you can use this simple trick that will help bring it back to its original beauty.
This pretty Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' was looking so leggy, losing its pretty purple color, and some of the leaves were falling off.
The most likely reason is that they are stretching to find the light.
Last year my daughter wrote a post about caring for succulents and one of the main tips is to give succulents tons of light. I'm not sure what happened to this guy. I think it may have started in the nursery and the window I had it in to start just wasn't getting enough light on an ongoing basis.
In addition, I have read that succulents with green leaves have a better chance of growing well indoors with lower light.
I decided to cut it off at the bottom. You can see after a little while a new rosette started forming.
I kept the top portion of the plant and a couple of leaves and allowed them to callus over for several days.
If you look to the left there are a couple of leaves on top of the soil that have started to regrow. To be honest, these almost never do well for me.
However, waiting until the top portion began to send out roots before re-planting worked really well.
Here it is 7 months later. The rosette in front is the top portion of the original plant. The two on the back right side are growing from the original cut stem. You can see a new one growing between the two.
The plants in this container are growing nice and tight. They look healthy and display beautiful color.
Now you know of one option to try if your succulent stretch and grows tall and leggy.
You may also notice a baby Kalanchoe up front. Soon I'll transplant elsewhere eventually as it will grow to be too tall.
That shriveled leaf was an attempt to propagate the plant from a leaf. Though this works well for many succulents I haven't had a lot of success with the process. The leaves start to send out growth but they never quite take to the soil
This planter is sitting in a south-eastern facing window. It's watered lightly every 1-2 weeks with the rest of my plants.
If you don't have a good light source from a window consider setting up some grow lights. You can find them at the nursery and hardware store. A good full-spectrum light should work. However, if you want the nitty-gritty details you can read this article about indoor grow lights from Epic Gardening.
Here it is on the windowsill of my office right next to my desk so I can enjoy them as I work.
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Hey Lillian! Thanks for reaching out.
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Hi! I want to correct an error regarding drainage and gravel. Some people put gravel in the bottom of pots that have no drainage holes, to create ‘drainage’. That’s when the water pools. It’s best they have a hole(s) drilled into the bottom of those pots, or find a pot with a drainage hole.
Thanks so much for all the great information! I’m currently waiting for my PVN from Mountain Crest Gardens and I’m so excited!