How Do I Propagate Echeveria Pollux?
Echeveria Pollux is easy to propagate. It can be propagated by stem cutting, leaf-cutting, seeds, and division. Most plant growers prefer to propagate the Echeveria Pollux by either leaf-cuttings or stem cuttings.
Leaf cuttings can be taken from mature leaves. In order to do this, you should simply remove the portion of the leaf that has a node in it.
This will ensure that you have a portion of your Echeveria Pollux that has a root. You should place the cut on top of a moist potting mix and cover it lightly with soil. The following are steps to follow when:
Propagating by stem cutting;
- Cut a 4-6 inch stem from a healthy plant.
- Select a healthy node on the stem and cut it with a razor blade, taking care not to damage it.
- Remove the lower leaves, leaving only one leaf at the top of the cutting. Make sure that this leaf is completely intact and healthy. If there are dead leaves, then remove them too.
- Dip the bottom of your cutting in rooting hormone powder, if desired.
- Place the cutting in a moist potting medium and cover it with a clear plastic bag until rooting occurs.
Propagating by leaf-cuttings;
- Select a healthy leaf on your Echeveria Pollux that is around 4-6 inches long.
- Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut the leaf from your Echeveria Pollux, making sure not to damage it.
- Make sure to remove the leaf from your Echeveria Pollux.
- Dip the bottom of the leaf in rooting hormone powder, if desired.
- Place the leaf on top of a moist potting mix and cover it lightly with soil. The soil level should be just above the leaf.
- If you want, you can also tape a piece of paper with a pencil onto your Echeveria Pollux for identification purposes later on (care must be taken not to harm the plant).
- When the leaf is in a healthy condition and the buds have formed, remove it carefully from the pot, water it lightly to help it root and then place it back into the same potting medium.
Propagating by seeds;
- Select a ripe, mature Echeveria Pollux that has no spots or damage on its leaves, petals or stem.
- Cut it in half, lengthwise, and then place the cut side down. The seeds will then fall out into a container that you have placed below the plant.
- After doing this, make sure to scoop out any soil that is still on the seeds because they need to be completely clean.
- Water them lightly and put them in a well-drained potting medium with ample sunlight and water as needed until they germinate.
- After you have germinated your seeds, make sure to allow the new seedlings to develop leaves before transplanting them.
- Place the new plants in a pot that has drainage holes on the bottom and make sure to keep them moist until they develop their second set of leaves.
- Grow your Echeveria Pollux in an indoor/outdoor soil mix and fertilize them every two months with a balanced fertilizer.
Propagating by division;
- Remove an offset from your Echeveria Pollux with a sharp, sterile knife. It should be around 4 inches long and have a healthy root system.
- Make sure that you remove the offset from the mother plant carefully because dead wood can damage the new plants.
- Place it in a pot with a moist potting medium and make sure that the root system stays intact.
- Place your pot in a shaded area, with ample sunlight. Make sure that the roots are kept consistently moist and you cannot overwater the plant or place it in full sun.
- Water when the soil is dry to touch. You can tell this by pushing your finger into the soil to see if it is moist or feels dry to the touch.
- Transplant your Echeveria Pollux after the new plants have been grown in the pot for a while.
- The new plants will develop after a few months, and your Echeveria Pollux will start to produce new offsets.
When Should I Repot Echeveria Pollux?
It is recommended to repot your Echeveria Pollux every one to two years. You should do this in the springtime when your plant is starting to grow. Repotting when the plant is in a growth spurt is also a good idea because it will help keep your plants healthy and balanced.
You should check the soil of your Echeveria Pollux to see if it is dry. You can do this by either looking at its leaves or by pressing your finger into the soil. If it is wet, then you should put some potting soil into the pot and then add more.
When repotting your Echeveria Pollux, it is recommended to use the same soil that you used for the previous pot. If you have recently purchased a new one, then you should use that instead. To do this, take off the current pot and remove all of the soil from it. Then, look at the roots to see what shape they are in and trim them so that they are healthy and ready for planting.
You should also put a little bit of fresh potting soil in the bottom of your new pot and then place the plant inside. After this, put more potting soil around the plant, but do not cover it completely. Leave about a half inch of space between the top of your soil and your Echeveria Pollux’ leaves, so that it can grow healthy roots and so that air can get to them.
Should I Remove Dead Leaves From My Echeveria Pollux?
When you want to keep your Echeveria Pollux healthy and well-hydrated, then you should remove dead leaves from the plant in order to prevent it from becoming too dry. Dead leaves will also increase your Echeveria Pollux’s susceptibility to disease or rot. You should make sure that you remove any dead leaves on your Echeveria Pollux, preferably when the leaf is still attached to the plant.
You should also be sure to wash the leaves after removing them from the plant. You can soak them for about half an hour in a bucket of warm water and then allow them to dry on paper towels. Dead leaves should be removed when they are still attached to the plant because this will prevent disease and the spreading of disease throughout the plant.
If you notice that your Echeveria Pollux has stopped growing and the dead leaves of it start to get brown and dry, then this is not a sign of illness. This can be normal for Echeveria Pollux and should be cared for by removing the dead leaves.
You should make sure to avoid water as much as possible during these times as it will help in killing your plant. The dead leaves will start to turn brown and they will stop growing again during this time. You should also keep the soil of your Echeveria Pollux nice and moist.
You should not remove the leaves on your Echeveria Pollux when the plant is already dry because this can make it weaker. During times of dormancy, Echeveria Pollux will also shed its leaves.
However, this does not mean that it has died and needs to be removed. It is important that you keep the soil of your Echeveria Pollux moist at all times, but it will start growing again eventually regardless if the dead leaves are removed or not.
Can You Put Echeveria Pollux In Potting Soil?
Echeveria Pollux can be put in potting soil, but it is important that it is only potting soil in a mix. Echeveria Pollux should not be put in soil from around your garden, as this can risk giving the plant diseases and rot. You should also make sure that you cut away any brown leaves on your Echeveria Pollux before putting it in the potting soil, or else the new leaves will get infected by the older leaves.
Echeveria Pollux plants demand permeable soil that drains fast. This plant can develop root rot if the potting mix is saturated. A cactus soil mixture is the best medium for these succulents.
Echeveria Pollux plants can also be put in pots with an open bottom and a drainage tray, covered with gravel. This will help in evaporation of the water and prevent root rot.
In order to have your Echeveria Pollux thriving, it is important that you change the soil that you are putting it into. However, with time the soil will start to decompose and this is normal for cactus soils. You should then replace them with a new soil mixture with cactus potting soil.
You should always make sure that you fertilize your Echeveria Pollux in order to keep it growing strong. It is important that you mix a bit of fertilizer into the soil of your Echeveria Pollux before the time when you intend to transplant it or replant it after taking it out of a pot. You should put peat moss in the potting soil in order to help with drainage and aeration.