Succulent plant Echeveria Colorata f. Tapalp

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Echeveria colorata is native to South Mexico. E. colorata f. Tapalpa is a natural hybrid get by crossing E. colorata with E. lindsayana, this hybrid was found for the first time in the mountains of Tapala of which this plant is named.

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E. colorata f. tapalpa is a natural hybrid belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. The plant has a rosette of leaves and can grow up to 40 cm in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, flat, obovate, pointed at the apex, silver-green in color and with reddish to wine-red tips. Blooming occurs in april and stalks can reach 30 cm in height; flowers are thin orange inside and red-coral outside and the plant changes color depending on sun-exposure.

Succulent plant Echeveria Colorata f. Tapalp (2)
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This is a rare hybrid, easy to cultivate. The best sun-exposure is shade light, and the plant does not like temperatures below 10 °C so it needed to be placed indoors. The soil should be mixed with pumice, clay and loam to allow the drainage and prevent the root rot, the plant is prone to it indeed. Remember to use perforating pot to drain excess water. Watering can be done regularly from March to November: during the vegetative period you can water the plant (every 7 days), checking that the soil is completely dry before watering again; in winter you should stop the watering to allow to the plant to enter dormancy.

If you want a faster and lush growth you can fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season with the specifics fertilizers for cacti; stop fertilizing throughout the winter. If the pot starts to be too small for the plant you can repot the plant in a pot 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season with fresh new potting soil. It is important to remove the dead leaves that fall at the base of the stem because otherwise the high humidity level increases the attacks of parasites, Echeverias are susceptible to mealybugs indeed.

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