How Do I Prune For Echeveria Moonglow?

How Do I Prune For Echeveria Moonglow?

Echeveria Moonglow should be pruned yearly in spring and summer to control the length of their stems and to encourage new growth.

The best way to prune Echeveria Moonglow is by pinching them. To pinch a stem, take a pair of sharp scissors and lift up 1-2 leaves at where they met the stem.

When pruning your Echeveria Moonglow, you should cut them back to two leaves, especially on the bottom.

They should be pinched until they form a sharp tip as opposed to cutting, where the stem can start to grow again. The following are the steps to follow when pruning Echeveria Moonglow;

  • Pick up your Echeveria Moonglow and gently twist the stem to the side
  • Pick up one stem at a time and bend them down in order to remove any dead leaves
  • Cut back to 2 leaves and pinch that stem so that it forms a sharp tip. If you cut it too far, you can start to grow again
  • Continue to squeeze in your fingers into the leaf bases in order to turn the stem back into place
  • You can also pinch the stem in order to reposition it
  • When your Echeveria Moonglow is grown, cut back to 1 leaf at the bottom.
  • Be sure not to take off too many leaves or your plant will not have enough energy to grow new ones and they could die as a result of being under-watered or over-watered.
  • 5. When pruning your Echeveria Moonglow is finished, you should water it well.              

How Big Does Echeveria Moonglow Get?

Echeveria Moonglow is a lovely succulent plant that grows to a height of 6 inches (15 cm) and has huge, thick, greenish-ivory leaves and tiny, erect, orange-yellow blooms that are borne close to the plant. Rosettes reach up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter, and offsets cling closely to the parent plant.

When caring for your Echeveria Moonglow, one of the most important things that you need to do is keep the soil warm at all times in order for them to grow properly.

Your Echeveria Moonglow should be fine outside as long as they are not in direct sunlight and are sheltered from the cold. However, during winter, you can only water them sparingly because their growth is slowed down during this time.

Echeveria Moonglow should be repotted when their roots fill the pot or if you notice that the top of their root ball has dried out.

You can repot them annually and when you do, you can divide up the offsets into individual plants. You should also top cut your Echeveria Moonglow when they are starting to become leggy.

Echeveria Moonglow should be grown in a slightly more sandy potting mix than many other succulents, because the potting mix should drain very well in order to prevent it from becoming too waterlogged. When you are repotting your Echeveria Moonglow, you can allow the soil level to drop below the bottom of the plant and then back fill with potting mix.

How Do I Propagate Echeveria Moonglow?

Echeveria Moonglow can be propagated by stem cutting, leaf cutting and offsets. You can divide them when they are growing away from their mother plant or when they are blooming. You can also propagate Echeveria Moonglow by taking cuttings.

They should be taken during spring or summer and should be kept indoors in warm weather and brought outdoors at the end of the summer season.

If you take a cutting, you should make sure that it is 2-3 leaves long as opposed to just 1. When propagating by stem cuttings, you should make the new cuttings roughly 2 to 3 inches in length.

They should also be cut just below a leaf node. When propagating by leaf cuttings, you should remove the third and fourth leaves from the base of the cutting.

You should leave them out in a warm (70 degree F) part of your house under bright light with good ventilation for 6 to 8 weeks, and then plant them in your potting mix. The following are the steps to follow when propagating Echeveria Moonglow:

Propagation from stem cutting;

  • Cut a stem at a node with a sharp pair of shears, being careful not to damage the roots
  • Make a shallow wound in the top of the cutting and insert one end into the soil. Push firmly into place and allow to heal for 1–2 weeks
  • When it is fully cured, remove from the pot, wash off any sap (it will fall off by itself), and repot into fresh soil.
  • Plant the new plant in a well-drained pot with a typical cactus potting soil and place it in a warm (70 degree F) location out of direct sunlight for 6–8 weeks.

Propagation from leaf cutting;

  • Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the leaf off at a node. Cut just below the second pair of leaves
  • Allow the leaves to dry for about a week, and then plant in a pot with rich soil
  • After the roots have established themselves, transplant them into a pot with ordinary cacti potting soil that has been diluted with perlite or sand.
  • When it is fully cured, remove from the pot, wash off any sap (it will fall off by itself), and repot into fresh soil.
  • Plant the new plant in a well-drained pot with a typical cactus potting soil and place it in a warm (70 degree F) location out of direct sunlight for 6–8 weeks.

Propagation from offsets;

  • Remove a pair of leaves from the offset and allow to heal for two weeks.
  • Cut off the offsets and remove the roots
  • Plant one offset per pot and re-pot into fresh soil when they are fully grown.
  • Always make sure that you water your Echeveria Moonglow much more when propagating by offsets. You should also water them less while they are growing in spring and summer.
  • When it is fully cured, plant into a pot or leaf mold using potting mix.
  • When the offset is grown, you can remove the offset and pot it up. You can also replant the offset into a pot at the same level as its parent or slightly deeper.

How Do I Repot Echeveria Moonglow?

When you are repotting your Echeveria Moonglow, it should be done when it has outgrown its current pot. They can be repotted yearly during the spring or right after they have bloomed. 

Echeveria Moonglow can be grown in a mix of 1 part peat and 2 parts perlite. It should be watered well before repotting, but not too much because it will cause root rot to occur.

Echeveria Moonglow should be repotted when their roots fill the pot or if you notice that the top of their root ball has dried out.

You can repot them by removing them from the pot and repositioning them into fresh soil, or you can just remove their old soil as well and repot them without re-potting them. You can also use a rooting hormone while repotting your Echeveria Moonglow in order to speed up the rooting process.

You should never use a fertilizer while repotting your Echeveria Moonglow as it can be toxic to them. The following are the steps to follow when repotting Echeveria Moonglow;

  • Remove the old pot and all of the soil, leaving only a couple of inches of soil at the bottom.
  • Set them aside into their new pots.
  • Fill up their pot with fresh soil until it is about 1 inch from the rim on all sides (the Echeveria Moonglow should be planted around halfway into the top of the pot)
  • Water completely and firmly (they will not appreciate water dripping down from you).
  • Place the pots in a bright location out of direct sunlight for a week or two and allow their roots to set in the new soil.
  • After that, it is time to water them well again, this time allowing them to slowly dry out between watering.
  • You can also cover the roots again with soil paper for a couple of weeks until their roots have fully established themselves in their new home.
  • When it is fully cured, remove the pot.

Is Echeveria Moonglow Winter Hardy?

Echeveria Moonglow is winter hardy and will survive in most areas of the USDA zone 9 to 11. In colder areas, you will need to protect it from frost damage. You can do so by placing it in a plastic container with a couple of inches of pebbles or ceramic pot shard. During cold winter days, you should make sure that the container is not exposed to cold winds.

Echeveria Moonglow can be easily damaged by frost and frostbite. If your area is prone to icing, then you need to bring them in during the cold weather and place them somewhere that is protected from the elements.

They can be grown indoors as long as they are planted in pots with drainage holes. You should only water them when they are dry, and make sure that you do not over-water them either. You should also keep them out of direct sunlight so that they will not get too hot.

When you live in an area that has very cold winters, then they should be placed in a place with no drafts or breezes and away from the glass of your windows. You can also wrap them with burlap or newspaper to protect it from frostbite.

You can also move them into containers and bring them indoors for the winter months if you want. It would be best to make sure that their soil does not dry out before bringing them back outside for the spring.

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