How Do You Take Care Of Echeveria Licorice?
Echeveria licorice is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. The plant is drought tolerant and does not need a lot of water. It is important to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Echeveria licorice can be over watered, which will cause the leaves to fall off.
The soil should be kept evenly moist and not allowed to dry out completely. Since the plant prefers light exposure, the soil should be kept evenly moist. The plant will also benefit from being planted in a container so that it can have more direct sunlight. The following are the factors to consider when caring for Echeveria Licorice;
Echeveria Licorice requires very little water. In fact, too much water can be detrimental to this plant. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. During the growing season, water every 2-3 weeks. In the winter, water only once a month, or as needed.
Echeveria Licorice prefer full sunlight to partial shade. For the plant to thrive, you must properly position it to have the best exposure. This can be accomplished by planting it on a windowsill or inside a frame. If the plant is outside, position it so that the sun is above and to the right at all times.
Echeveria Licorice needs a well-drained soil. It is quite sensitive to soggy soil, so use a potting mix that drains well and does not absorb excessive moisture. A healthy soil will have an abundance of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and organic materials for sustenance. If the soil is too acidic, it will cause the leaves to become yellow and crispy. Make sure the soil contains a lot of organic matter and also has an even moisture content. Additionally, you can add peat moss or bark chips for extra benefits.
Echeveria Licorice needs warm temperatures to thrive but can tolerate some cold. Keep it away from drafts or excessive heat such as during the summer months. The plant will do best if the temperature is between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
Echeveria Licorice is quite tolerant of low humidity. By the same token, it cannot tolerate excessive humidity. If you do not notice it wilting, then it is probably fine. The ideal environment for this plant is between 40-50%. It does not require high humidity, so keep it away from humid rooms. If the room is too dry, the leaves will eventually fall off and the roots will rot.
Echeveria licorice prefers weak, neutral fertilizer. The fertilizer should only be applied every two weeks during growing season, or once a month during winter. Be sure to dilute the fertilizer to half strength and water the plant thoroughly after applying the fertilizer.
Echeveria Licorice can be propagated by stem cutting, leaf cutting and offset. If you are propagating by stem cuttings, plant them in pots of moist, peat-based compost. If you are propagating by leaf cutting and offset, first use a sharp blade to cut the leaves off of the mother plant and place them in pots of moisture-holding soil. This can be done in spring or fall.
Echeveria Licorice can be repotted every yearly during spring and summer. When repotting, be sure to use a well-draining potting mix and a pot with drainage holes. Water thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Feed with a balanced fertilizer every few months. The Echeveria Licorice plant is relatively easy to care for, especially for beginners.
Echeveria Licorice can be pruned anytime during the year, except in winter. Remove dead leaves or damaged parts from the plant and allow it to vigorously grow new leaves, and all new growth. Be sure to prune it away from the light source, as over watering can cause the leaves to rot.
Pests and Diseases:
Echeveria Licorice is susceptible to attacks by aphids, mealybugs and spider mites. These pests can weaken the plant and cause it to fall ill, or even die. If you see a plant infested with these pests, immediately isolate the plant from others or spray it with an insecticidal soap. More on how to kill aphids here. If these pests are left unchecked long enough, they will eventually kill your Echeveria Licorice altogether.
How Do I Propagate Echeveria Licorice?
Echeveria licorice can be propagated by stem cutting, leaf cutting and offset. If you are propagating by stem cuttings, plant them in pots of moist, peat-based compost. If you are propagating by leaf cutting and offset, first use a sharp blade to cut the leaves off of the mother plant and place them in pots of moisture-holding soil.
This can be done in spring or fall. When propagating by offset and leaf cutting, allow the offsets to grow roots and then put them up in a container of moist soil. This can be done in spring or fall. The following are the steps to follow when propagating Echeveria Licorice:
Propagation from stem cutting;
- Take a stem cutting of the mother plant with a sharp blade.
- Immediately place the cutting in a pot of moist, peat-based potting mix and cover it with clear plastic wrap.
- Place the cutting into a warm spot, like on top of your refrigerator or inside a sunny window sill to give it as much sunlight as possible.
- Keep the soil lightly moist at all times and remove the cover after 2-3 weeks when you see new leaves sprouting from the cutting.
- Remove the plastic wrap, and continue to water the cutting until new leaves appear.
Propagation from leaf cutting;
- Remove a healthy leaf from the mother plant, and cut it at an angle in half with a sharp blade.
- Place the cut leaf in a moist pot of peat-based potting mix, and put it inside a plastic bag to prevent direct sunlight from damaging it while you prepare it for growth.
- Place the covered pot in a warm spot, like on top of your refrigerator, inside a sunny window sill or on top of a box in the warmth provided by your heating vent. Check to make sure that the temperature is between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
- Keep the soil lightly moist at all times and remove the plastic bag after 2-3 weeks when you see new leaves sprouting from the cutting.
- Remove the plastic bag, and continue to water it until new leaves appear.
Propagation from offset;
- Remove offset from the mother plant.
- Allow the offset to grow roots, before potting it up in a container of moist soil to grow roots.
- Keep the soil lightly moist at all times and remove the pot after 3-4 weeks when you see new leaves sprouting from the offset.
- Remove the pot and continue to water the offset until new leaves appear.
- Remove the leaves from the offset, and continue to water it until new leaves appear.
Is Echeveria Licorice Easy To Care?
Echeveria licorice is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. The plant is drought tolerant and does not need a lot of water. It is important to let the soil dry out completely between watering. When caring for Echeveria licorice, it is best to use a well-draining soil mix.
The soil should have an acidic to neutral balance. Apply a weak fertilizer once or twice a month, or as needed by your plant. The ideal environment for this plant is between 40-50%. If the room is too dry, the leaves will eventually fall off and the roots will rot. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 65-75°F (10-24°C) and should not be allowed to drop below freezing.
The humidity range for this plant is between 45-60% and can be maintained with a room humidifier. The ideal pH range for this plant is 5.6-6.0, but it can tolerate the pH range of 6.1-6.5. It is also important to not over water the plant, or it will rot or die.
Keep in mind that if you have a lot of plants in close proximity to each other, they will contribute different nutrients that may not be compatible with another plant’s soil mix. You should try to remove any trace of fertilizers or soil amendments from plants’ soil mix and replace it with a freshly collected, sharp mixture.
Does Echeveria Licorice Like Sun Or Shade?
Echeveria licorice is a beautiful plant that does well in either sun or shade. It prefers sunlight, but if it is not receiving at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day, it will lose its vibrant green color and more grayish tones will dominate the leaves.
If you want the yellowish-green color to dominate over the grayish-green, then try to keep your Echeveria licorice as close to a sunny window as possible. The light should not be too intense, but still provide enough light to keep the plant healthy.
However, you might want to move your Echeveria licorice if it is in an area that receives less than a couple hours of sunlight per day.
You should also try to keep it away from the heat of your windows, as this can cause its leaves to fall off. The plant can tolerate low light levels and still remain relatively healthy, but it will lose a lot of its coloration. If you keep Echeveria licorice in low light conditions for a long period of time, it will eventually die.