How Do You Propagate Echeveria Lilacina?
How Do You Propagate Echeveria Lilacina?
Echeveria Lilacina are easily propagated. They can be propagated by cutting or dividing the root or by seeds. It is best to divide the plant into pieces for propagation because individual offsets can be easily removed and planted like other succulents.
However, it is not necessary to divide Echeveria Lilacina in order to propagate; you can simply separate the offsets from each other.
When propagating Ghost Echeveria, plant the newly detached leaf on top of dry soil in a spot with bright, indirect light. Water the new leaf just when little pink roots develop from the end, at which time you may start watering lightly every couple of weeks. The following are the steps to follow when propagating Echeveria Lilacina:
Propagation from leaf cutting;
- Collect a small, new leaf (approximately ½ inch) and remove the lower portions of both leaves with a sharp knife.
- Place the leaf in a plastic bag or glass jar and store it in the refrigerator for several days to decrease the rooting time.
- Remove the leaf from the refrigerator and wipe the cut surface with rubbing alcohol or a disinfectant to kill off any bacteria.
- When the leaf is soft enough, use a scalpel or sharp knife and cut the leaf into 1/3- to ½-inch pieces.
- Plant the pieces in a medium containing a high proportion of sand or soil. The root tip should emerge after approximately two weeks.
- Remove the newly rooted leaf from the soil and place it in a plastic bag or a glass jar. Keep the material at room temperature until you’re ready to transplant.
- When the new growth has grown to approximately half the size of the original leaf, transplant it.
- The roots should develop in 6 to 8 weeks.
Propagation from seed;
To propagate an Echeveria Lilacina from seed, you would first have to know that it is easy to collect seeds from almost any Echeveria. The most common time for the formation of seeds is after flowering. To collect seeds from an Echeveria plant, you would have to wait until the flowers have finished blooming and the petals have turned brown and withered away.
At this time, you should notice small brown seed pods forming along the stem. These pods are also referred to as “siliques.” It will be approximately 10 to 14 days after flowering before the seeds start forming in the pods.
This is why it is important not to pinch off the blossoms of your Echeveria plants; if you do, it will delay or even prevent them from producing their seeds. The following are steps;
- Collect around ½-inch seeds from an old or healthy Echeveria Lilacina plant and place them on a medium containing a high content of sand or soil, such as cactus mix.
- Cover the seeds with about ¼ inch of medium and water.
- Place the pot in a well-lit area, but not in direct sunlight.
- Cover the container to keep out moisture and insects, but also to prevent desiccation (drying out).
- After one week you can begin watering lightly every one to two weeks, but do not over water them or allow them to dry out completely.
- After approximately two months, the first seedlings should appear.
- Once the seedlings are ½ inch high, they can be transplanted into individual pots.
- Water them only when their soil becomes dry to the touch.
- The young plants should receive full sunlight within one year and will likely bloom in their second year.
Propagation from offsets;
- Cut off an offset from the mother plant using a sharp, clean knife or shears.
- Remove any leaves on the offset to reduce transpiration (water loss) and prevent it from wilting.
- Dip the cut end into a commercial rooting hormone or a homemade horticultural jelly.
- Plant the new offset in a pot filled with cactus mix and cover it with fine soil and sand about ½ inch deep.
- Keep the pot warm and keep it humid, but not waterlogged.
- After approximately two or three weeks, the offsets should have roots. The plant can now be potted into individual pots and planted one to two months later. If you see any of your Echeveria Lilacina starting to experience wilting, use a sharp knife or shears to chop off the wilted parts of the leaves so you can prevent further damage from occurring.
- Finally, water the pot every two to three weeks. Ghost Echeveria need a rest and should be put into a dormant state at least once every year. This can easily be done by letting the plant go completely dry for a period of time and then watering lightly when you see new growth appear.
- When caring for ghost Echeveria, remember that ghost Echeveria are succulents, which means they require less water than other plants and droop (rather than wilt) when they are thirsty. Ghost Echeveria should only be watered when the soil is dry to the touch.
How Do You Repot Echeveria Lilacina?
When repotting ghost Echeveria, remember to use cactus mix as this type of soil is a perfect growing medium for succulents. It drains well, but remains moist longer and doesn’t dry out as fast as most other kinds of garden soil.
The best time to repot ghost Echeveria is in spring or summer. Use a pot that is one size larger every 2-3 years. You should also remember to remove the old soil from the plant before repotting. This is necessary because roots should be able to grow in fresh soil that has never been used before.
If you want Echeveria Lilacina to grow quickly, then don’t repot them too frequently. If it appears that the plant is suffering, then it’s likely that there are problems with the drainage of its pot. The following are the steps to follow when repotting Echeveria Lilacina;
- Choose a clean, sturdy container for your ghost Echeveria.
- Fill the container with potting mix and spread it evenly over the root ball.
- If necessary, add a little more soil to fill in any of the gaps and add water.
- Press lightly on the soil to remove any air pockets or leave it slightly loose to encourage good drainage and prevent waterlogging of the plant:
- Place your newly repotted plant in a spot with bright but indirect light.
- Water the plant and then place the pot in a warm, shady area for it to dry out slightly before watering again.
- Ghost Echeveria are quite popular because of their unique appearance and small size. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, as long as they have partial shade and aren’t exposed to temperatures below freezing, as they will likely die if subjected to cold outside temperatures.
- They have very few requirements, but they benefit from being potted in cactus mix which is a mixture of equal parts of coarse and fine pumice, expanded clay, perlite, and peat moss.
- Echeveria Lilacina does not need to be fertilized, although it will benefit from being fed with a liquid fertilizer about once a month during the growing season.
- Echeveria Lilacina is a good houseplant. It needs bright light, but will grow in indirect sun as well. They need little water and are highly tolerant of temperature variations.
- If you notice that the leaves begin to turn yellow or brown, don’t be alarmed but instead cut back on the water and watch for new growth. You can also prune them back to promote new growth if you want to give your ghost a more compact form and reduce the risk of disease.
- When repotting ghost Echeveria, remember to use cactus mix as this type of soil is a perfect growing medium for succulents.
- To help maintain proper drainage, add a layer of gravel or broken pot shards to the bottom of the container before adding soil.
- Don’t forget to use a good quality potting mix with adequate drainage and use a container that has plenty of room for root growth.
- Make sure that the pot has some type of drainage system for water to escape, such as holes in the bottom or sides.
How Often Do You Water Echeveria Lilacina?
Ghost Echeveria, like all other succulents, should be watered sparingly. It require frequent watering from spring through autumn, so water when the soil begins to dry up. In the winter, you don’t want to use as much water.
Watering the plant once or twice a month should enough. Make sure that the soil itself stays moist, but not wet. It’s important not to allow the plant’s soil to dry out. When watering, water the soil, not the leaves. Buying a good quality cactus soil will ensure your succulents get enough moisture.
The soil must feel moist, but not wet to the touch. Avoid watering when the soil is completely dry and place it in a location where humidity is likely to accumulate and maintain optimal moisture levels. Water deeply but infrequently, as this type of a plant is often damaged by overwatering or overwatering.
You should not overwater at all, in fact. Make sure to wash your hands after watering the plant to avoid getting any of the soil on the leaves. Watering the plant too often may cause root rot or may encourage that type of growth in some plants.