Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby' (Chenille Plant)


Scientific Name

Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby'

Common Names

Chenille Plant, Plush Plant

Synonyms

Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby Blush', Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby Slippers', Echeveria pulvinata 'Red Velvet'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Description

Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby' is a beautiful shrubby succulent that grows up to 12 inches (15 cm) tall and spreads several feet wide. It has stems tipped with small rosettes of green spathulate leaves covered with silvery-white hairs. The margins and tips of the leaves are intensely red. In late winter into spring (sometime later) appears the arching, up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall inflorescences, holding racemes of yellow and orange, bell-shaped flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeverias are susceptible to mealybugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.

Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.

Origin

Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby' is an attractive cultivar of Echeveria pulvinata.

Forms and Hybrids

  • Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'
  • Echeveria 'Doris Taylor' f. cristata

Links

  • Back to genus Echeveria
  • Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus

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How to Care for Echeveria Pulvinata

Caring for Echeveria pulvinata succulents is relatively easy. Their needs are the same as any other succulent types.

Here are some caring tips for these charming plants.

How Much Light Does Chenille Plants Need?

As one of many echeveria types, chenille plants can tolerate partial shade to full sun. In their natural habitat, these plants are subjected to full sunlight all year round which made them love bright light conditions. Make sure to place your plants in areas where they can receive lots of sunlight but shielded from the harsh afternoon sun.

How Often Should You Water Chenille Plants?

Chenille plants are not fond of overwatering. They are prone to root rot from the excess moisture. The best way to avoid overwatering your plant is through the soak and dry method. This is done by watering the plant only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Do not worry if you miss a few days of watering because they can easily bounce back from a brief period of drought. Keep this regimen throughout spring and summer. During winter, reduce watering to monthly.

When watering your chenille plant, make sure to avoid overhead watering or watering above the leaves. The fuzzy leaves of these plants can retain the water which can cause the leaves to rot.

What is the Optimum Temperature and Humidity for Chenille Plants?

Although Echeveria pulvinata plants can survive high temperatures (their fuzzy leaves help prevent water loss), they prefer average temperatures with low to average humidity. The best growth is achieved at 65 °F to 70 °F (18 °C to 21 °C). Keep in mind that these plants are not very frost hardy, so it is best to keep them indoors during the winter months.

What is the Best Potting/Growing Media for Chenille Plants?

Echeveria pulvinata ruby is best planted in a slightly acidic (pH 6.0), porous, and well-drained soil to avoid overwatering. A commercial cactus and succulent mix will do, but if you prefer to make your own potting mix, you can combine a 2:1 potting soil and coarse sand, or 1:1:1 potting soil, perlite, and sand.

Do Chenille Plants Need Fertilizer?

Chenille plants can benefit from the occasional feeding, especially during the growing season (spring and summer). In early spring, feed your plants sparingly with a balanced fertilizer. Stop feeding completely when winter sets in.

When fertilizing your plant, make sure to strictly follow the instructions provided in the fertilizer packaging.

How to Propagate Chenille Plants

Echeveria pulvinata plants are easily propagated through stem cuttings. To do so, take a stem portion with an intact rosette from a mature, healthy plant. Let the stem cutting form a callous and then plant in a separate pot. Keep the soil dry for a few weeks and then water as you would a normal plant.


Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby Blush’ – Succulent plants

Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby Blush’ is a small shrubby succulent plant. It grows up to 12 inches tall and sprawling to several feet in width with stems that are tipped with small rosettes holding thick spathulate green leaves with all parts densely covered with silvery-white hairs. In cold weather, leaves blush rose-red and look like red velvet. During late winter to spring (sometime later) appears the arching 30 cm tall inflorescence holding racemes of yellow and orange bell-shaped flowers.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria

Scientific Name: Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby Blush’
Common Names: Chenille Plant, Plush Plant

How to grow and maintain Echeveria pulvinata ‘Ruby Blush’:

Light:
It thrives best in full sun to light shade. In indoor an east or west-facing window where they receive four to six hours of sunlight is ideal.

Soil:
It grows well in a well-drained succulent mix, with an ideal pH around 6.0 (slightly acidic) or an equal part sharp sand with all-purpose potting mix.

Water:
Water Echeveria plant regularly during the summer and spring. keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. You can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. Reduce water in the winter.

Temperature:
It prefers an average summer temperature of 65ºF / 18ºC – 70ºF / 21ºC. In winter, cool to 50ºF / 10ºC.

Fertilizer:
Fertilize with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.

Re-potting:
Re-pot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To re-pot, a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before re-potting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you re-pot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

Propagation:
It can be easily propagated by seeds, offsets or leaf cuttings in spring. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.

Pests and Diseases:

It has no serious pest or disease problems. Mealybugs can be a problem, and if dead leaves are not expelled from the plant, it can attract other insect pests or have problems with fungus.


Summary

Echeveria pulvinata is a fantastic plant and becomes a favorite plant for those who grow it. These red-velvet plants make lovely potted decoration piece for your home. These plants tend to ramble quickly and make good groundcovers. Echeveria plants will enhance the beauty of your porch and patio. You can also grow these succulents in the hanging baskets, attracting every guest at your home. All you need is to take care of these echeveria legends, and they will live happily with you.


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