The Echeveria Daldia or as commonly known, the Mexican snowball is a succulent plant used mainly for ornamental purposes. These plants are slow to grow but demand very little care and are a sight to see with its rosettes of rare blue-green foliage.
The Echeveria are sturdy in nature and do not need much care apart from a few basic rules.
It should be seen that water does not accumulate in between the rosettes so as to prevent rot or fungal diseases.
During the growth of the plant, dead leaves and twigs should be removed from the bottom.
These plants are drought resistant. Therefore they need moderate amount of moisture. Watering the plants on alternate days should be adequate.
These plants grow well under full sun. They can also tolerate partial shade. However, drastic sunlight changes and the full summer afternoon sun should be avoided. The optimal temperature for growth is 24 degrees Celsius.
The plants should be brought indoors during frost.
Echeveria needs a soil which has good drainage capacity. These plants can be grown in a cactus mix or even coarse-grained sand.
Echeveria do not need frequent fertilizing. A low nitrogen mix or a cactus fertilizer can be used which has been diluted 2-4 times the normal.
These plants do not exceed 12 inches in height or width.
While planting the Echeveria, a small pot should be used. If the pot is too big then the extra soil may retain excess moisture which is not good for the plant.
Ideally, the echeveria should be repotted every couple of years.
The blue-green rosettes of the Echeveria bear flowers on their tips. They are bright pink lantern shaped flowers tipped in yellow. The blooming period is summer or the fall season.
This plant is hardly attacked by insects. However, a weekly inspection is recommended.
Sometimes mealybugs infest the plant. Rubbing the infested areas with cotton dipped in alcohol will help to solve this problem.
The leaves of this plant is used for culinary purposes. The attractive plant is also used for ornamental purposes.