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Strolling through a nearby greenhouse, I found an Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ and fell in love with it. I learned that day that, in 1932, V. Reiter had developed this gorgeous hybrid plant by crossing Echeveria ‘Pulvinata’ and Echeveria ‘Harmsii’.
It’s no wonder its common name is Red Echeveria! The name alludes to the plant’s stunning and romantic, dark red coloring found at the tips of its leaves – making this the perfect gift for your succulent-loving friend or significant other.
Before you give this succulent as a gift or buy one for yourself, it is important to do your research on how to care for it. Although the Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ succulent may bear similarities to other plants, it requires specific care due to its unique nuances.
That’s why I’m here – to show you the ins and outs of caring for a Red Echeveria succulent. With this guide, you’ll be an expert in no time!
Physical Description of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ is a stunning, shrub-like succulent plant with rosettes of light green leaves at the ends of its branches. The leaves have a hairy, fuzzy texture, pointed edges, and are most known for their ends turning a dark reddish tint when stressed correctly. The rosettes typically grow up to one foot in diameter when grown in conditions appropriate for succulents.
Growing Season of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ has a growing season that spans from late spring through summer. During these months, your Red Echeveria needs more frequent care and attention; however, when well taken care of, you can expect your plant to produce lovely bell-shaped orange flowers.
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ is a year-round succulent, but it does require a specific climate in order to thrive. It is fairly hardy and can survive temperatures down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit; however, it is always recommended that you move succulents indoors during the winter if you live in a cold climate.
How to Care for Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Taking care of your Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ is simple. Check out these care tips that come with links to more detailed guides.
Watering Needs of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Like most succulents, the Red Echeveria doesn’t require much water, as it stores water in its fleshy leaves.
Make sure to wait until the soil has completely dried out before giving it a good watering, and then let the excess water drain from the pot. This should be enough water for one to three weeks, depending on the season. Continue to check the soil before each watering, as the soil must be allowed to dry between waterings to avoid root rot.
Sunlight Needs of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ requires a substantial amount of light to thrive.
If you choose to plant it outdoors, it should be placed somewhere where it will receive at least four to five hours of bright and direct sunlight daily. If you live in an area with harsh sunlight, providing some filtered shade is also recommended.
If you are growing your Echeveria indoors, consider placing it outdoors during the summer months. You may find that if your plant does not receive enough light, it can become elongated and leggy as it tries to reach the closest source of light. Under these conditions, it is unlikely that flowers will form.
Soil Needs of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ needs soil with excellent drainage to thrive. You can either buy a succulent mix or make your own when planting your Echeveria.
To create your own mixture, you will need potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand. Aim for a ratio of three parts potting soil, two parts perlite, and one part sand. This will help ensure that the soil doesn’t stay wet for long periods.
If you choose to use a store-bought succulent mix, be sure to check the ingredients list and make sure it is well-draining. This will help ensure that your Echeveria does not get root rot.
If you have a larger planter or garden bed, you can also use a soil mix for cacti and succulents with added compost. Just be sure not to use too much compost; otherwise, the soil will become too dense and water-logged.
Propagation Methods of Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ can be propagated in several ways: it is possible to propagate with offsets, leaf cuttings, and seeds.
Offsets are the small plantlets that develop at the end of the main stem; they can be carefully separated from the mother plant and replanted as a new plant. When provided enough light and well-draining soil, the separated offshoots will develop a set of healthy roots of their own.
Leaf cuttings can also be taken from the mature plant and replanted. Simply snip off a healthy leaf, ensuring there is at least one node where the stem joins the leaf blade. Allow the cutting to dry out for one to two days before planting it in sandy soil or succulent mix.
Seeds can be collected from the flower and planted in a pot filled with a succulent mix. This method is more time-consuming, but it can be rewarding if you are successful.
No matter which method of propagation you choose, make sure to keep your new plants out of direct sunlight for the first few weeks until their root systems are established. At that time, you can begin watering them sparingly and working into a normal watering schedule with your mature Red Echeverias.
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Troubleshooting Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’
Troubleshooting the health of your succulent can be tricky, but there are a few signs to watch for.
Overwatering: A common sign of overwatering is wilting or drooping leaves and stems. If you notice this happening, it is best to let the soil dry out before watering again. If the plant becomes mushy or black in any areas, you will need to cut away the healthy parts from the dead parts, even if that includes the roots. The healthy portions will sprout new roots in time.
Lack of sunlight: If the plant isn’t receiving enough light, it may become elongated as it stretches toward the closest source of light. If this occurs, you can move the plant to a brighter spot or consider providing some filtered shade outdoors. You can also keep your plant compact and healthy by supplementing the sun with an artificial grow light.
Pests: Mealybugs and other pests can also be a problem for Echeveria. To prevent infestations, regularly inspect your plant for any signs of pests, and remove them with tweezers if necessary. You can treat your Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ with insecticidal soap to get rid of any pests.
Soil pH: If you notice the leaves of your echeveria turning yellow or brown, this could be an indication that the soil is too alkaline. Consider mixing some sphagnum peat into the soil to help lower the pH level, or adding worm castings to help neutralize it.
By paying attention to these signs, you can catch any problems with your Red Echeveria early and nip them in the bud before they become more serious.
Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’ in Review
If you’re looking to add an attractive and fuzzy succulent to your home or garden, consider Echeveria ‘Pulv-Oliver’. With proper care, it can flourish under your care for many years to come.
By ensuring your plant receives enough light, including filtered sunlight outdoors, providing well-draining soil and limiting waterings, you can be sure that your Echeveria will stay healthy.
And, in case you have furry friends or kids in your home, you can feel secure in the knowledge that this cuddly succulent is non-toxic. So, your family and friends will be safe while enjoying its beauty.
But don’t forget to watch out for signs of stress, such as wilted leaves or discoloration. Sometimes the changes can happen so gradually that it’s easy to miss.