Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ – Information & Complete Care Guide
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Walking through the greenhouse, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Everywhere I looked, there were succulents of all shapes and sizes – some smooth, some spiky, and some that were almost furry.
One particular species caught my eye: Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’. Its fuzzy leaves reminded me of velvet and I couldn’t resist stroking it as I passed by. It was love at first sight; this unique little plant had to come home with me.
Little did I know how much care would be required for this special specimen. But over time, as my knowledge grew about Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’, so did our bond.
If you’re a bit of a romantic like I am, then I’d highly recommend adding this small, fuzzy succulent to your collection. Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ was created by Dr. W. Taylor and is actually a cross between Echeveria Pulvinata and Echeveria Setosa. Dr. Taylor decided to name this delightful little succulent he created after his beloved wife, Doris Taylor. What a romantic gesture!
Caring for your Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ succulent is a fun and rewarding experience. With its unique foliage, Doris Taylor adds a special flair to any succulent garden or arrangement. Discover all the information you need to keep your Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ healthy, happy, and thriving.
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Physical Description of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
This small succulent is a real charmer. It has short stems and can grow numerous horizontal offsets, forming a nice large clump that can reach up to 12 inches wide. Each of its rosettes is formed with fleshy, spoon-shaped blue-green leaves which turn dark red at the tips when exposed to plenty of sun.
The Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ is most known for being covered in small, glistening white hairs that add an extra touch of whimsy to an already beautifully unique succulent. In the spring through autumn, you can expect to see beautiful, little orange blooms with yellow centers.
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Growing Season of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ has a growing season that spans from spring to late fall. It’s not a cold hardy plant, so it does best in warmer climates with temperatures ranging between 45-95 degrees Fahrenheit (7-35 degrees Celsius).
While enjoying the warm temps and sunny summer weather, your echeveria should produce clusters of flowers on leafy stalks. The fowers are orange/red when closed but open up to a vibrant yellow on the inside.
In the wintertime, this succulent enters its dormant period and should be placed in a dry space with consistent temperatures to “hibernate” until the spring.
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How to Care for Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Although succulents have similar care requirements, it’s crucial to understand the specific differences of each type in order to give them the best care possible. I can offer you some advice on how to care for your ‘Woolly Rose’ succulent so it stays healthy and vibrant. If you want more detailed information, I have included links to my comprehensive guides.
Watering Needs of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
The Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ succulent is drought-tolerant and does not require a lot of water. However, it does grow better and faster if it receives regular watering.
During its growing season, it should be watered every one to two weeks or whenever the soil feels dry. It’s important to allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings to prevent root rot or fungal problems.
When the succulent enters its dormancy period, it should be watered less frequently. This is because the plant is not using as much water and nutrients during this time, so it doesn’t need as much from its environment.
Sunlight Needs of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ loves full morning sun and partially shaded afternoon sunlight. It needs at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to stay healthy and vibrant.
When placed in direct sunlight, it is important to keep an eye on its leaves and make sure they do not burn. If the plant is kept in a pot, you can bring it outdoors on sunny warm days and move it indoors when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant would thrive on your balcony or porch during warm, sunny weather.
Soil Needs of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Like most other succulents, the Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ needs well-draining, slightly acidic soil. A good potting mix for this succulent should be a combination of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand.
You can find succulent and cacti potting soil mix at your local garden centers, or you can also make your own succulent mix. Just combine three parts of regular potting soil with two parts of coarse sand, and one part of pumice or perlite. This will help the soil drainage and prevent root rot.
It is also important to make sure the pot you choose has good drainage holes. This will help the water drain out of the soil more quickly and keep it from becoming soggy. Make sure to also use an adequate size pot for your Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ so that it has plenty of room to grow.
If you live in a warm climate and decide to plant this succulent in the ground, leave about a foot of space on each side to prevent it from being crowded by other plants and give it enough room to spread out.
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Propagation Methods of Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
You can propagate your succulent by leaf, stem cuttings, or offsets.
To propagate with leaves, carefully remove a healthy and undamaged leaf from the plant and let it dry out for about two days in a shaded area. Once the surface is dry to the touch, you can bury the lower part of the leaf in a small pot or lay it on top of well-draining succulent and cacti soil and wait for little roots to grow. The key is to keep the soil slightly damp or mist them daily using a plant sprayer. If the soil gets too wet though, the cuttings will rot.
To propagate by stem cuttings or offsets, take a cutting from an existing branch that has at least two sets of leaves. Allow it to dry out for the same amount of time and then plant the cutting into a small pot with well-draining soil. With cuttings, you want to make sure to keep the soil on the drier side, but the air around them warm and humid.
Troubleshooting Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ is a resilient plant and can easily tolerate minor issues. However, there are some common signs of trouble you should watch out for to make sure your plant stays healthy.
Overwatering: If the leaves start to turn yellow or brown it could be a sign of overwatering or waterlogging. You should reduce how often you water the plant and make sure the soil is well-draining to prevent water from accumulating in the pot.
Lack of sunlight: If the leaves start to look dull, faded, or stretched it could be a sign of insufficient sunlight. Make sure your Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ is getting at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. If needed, you can choose a grow light to supplement the natural sunlight you’re able to provide.
Pests: If the plant is covered in small white cottony dots then it could be a sign of mealybugs or other pests. Use insecticidal soap to get rid of these pesky bugs, and make sure to keep an eye out for any new infestations.
Root rot: Finally, if the stem softens and starts to rot, it is a sign of root rot. Make sure the soil has good drainage. If the root rot is severe, you may need to cut away the damaged portions of the plant and repot it into fresh soil.
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ in Review
Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ is a resilient, easy-to-care-for succulent that can add a beautiful touch of greenery to any home or garden. I especially love the soft, velvety, rosette-shaped leaves and stunning blue-green color. The dainty white hairs make it look as if a layer of snow has settled on the leaves.
With the right pot, soil mix, drainage holes, sunlight and water requirements the Woolly Rose can easily thrive with minimal effort. By keeping an eye out for signs of overwatering, root rot or insects, you can ensure your Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor’ is healthy and happy for years to come.
So, be bold and give your home a little green makeover with this unique and fuzzy little beauty. You won’t regret it!
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