While growing outdoors, Lipstick Echeveria adds extra radiance to rock gardens because of their velvety leaves. These succulents do well in outdoor gardens in USDA hardiness zones 9-12 because of high temperatures. However, they should be in interior spaces during cold months to prevent them from frost injuries.
How to Care For Lipstick Echeveria?
Echeveria agavoides is a unique succulent that blooms in spring and summer when the days are sunnier. This beautiful succulent is only prone to overwatering and scorching sun. However, it needs a well-draining soil mix, full sun, and perlite in potting soil mix for proper aeration.
Here are care tips to consider for Lipstick echeveria as an outdoor and indoor plant:
- Blooming season: 1-2x a week
- Winter season: 1x a month
Water is the most crucial factor in proper plant care. Echeveria agavoides have water-storing capabilities and do not need much water like all other succulents. This beautiful and drought-tolerant succulent is sensitive to overwatering and underwatering.
During the blooming season, it needs one to two waterings a week. While in the winter season, the lipstick echeveria water needs are once a month. If your echeveria experiences overwatering, it may get fungal infections and lose its cosmetic value.
Pro Tip: Allow the soil to dry between each watering and apply little water during the growing season fortnightly.
Lipstick echeveria requires full sun to partial sun to happily grow and bloom. It needs six hours of constant sunlight per day to grow and thrive. When the Molded wax plant does not get enough light, it loses its specific leaves, color, and unique edges.
It becomes tall and stretches its star-shaped leaves. Keep your Lipstick Echeveria on windowsills for full sun exposure to ensure your lipstick succulent is getting enough light.
On the other hand, for outdoor Echeveria agavoides, the morning and late afternoon sunlight are best, with partial shade in midday.
Echeveria agavoides are tender to cold and sudden fall in temperatures and perform best in the USDA hardiness zones ten and higher. These zones make great flowers and outdoor garden decorations (which means they survive best in hot and dry regions and even can tolerate drought conditions). However, lipstick echeveria can be grown in indoor pots in cold areas.
Note: The biggest concern for growing and maintaining echeveria in indoor spaces is they will not get optimum sunlight.
The optimum temperatures for these beautiful succulents are 65-80°F in indoor spaces. While in outdoor areas with warm summer, the temperature range of at least 65-75°F is ideal.
Lipstick Echeveria requires well-draining soil to thrive. Therefore, a standard draining soil for cacti and succulents will benefit the echeveria. It needs balanced amounts of perlite or coarse material in potting soil mix to keep excess moisture away. The well-aerated potting soil will keep fungal pathogens away.
Moulded wax does not require fertilizer. However, the fertilizer for cacti and succulents will benefit this plant at bloom.
How to Propagate Lipstick Echeveria?
Lipstick Echeveria is easy to propagate and maintain due to its low-maintenance lifestyle. It can be propagated through offsets, leaf, and stem cuttings.
From Lipstick Echeveria Cuttings
The propagation of Lipstick Echeveria through plant cuttings such as stems and leaves is most effective. Let’s learn how to do it.
- Wear gloves and use a sharp knife to cut off the leaf edges
- Let it rest for several days to heal and develop a natural seal
- Place the cuttings in a well-aerated potting mix with water in it and watch for root system development
- Once the root system of Echeveria generates (within two weeks), place the pots in full sun locations
- Water daily to keep the soil moist but not wet for healthy growth
From Lipstick Echeveria Seeds
Lipstick Echeveria (stunning succulent)can be propagated through seeds, but it is less common than leaf and stem cuttings.
- Mix the fine black seeds of echeveria with sand (twice their volume) in a tray
- Fill the pot up to 4 inches with a well-draining potting soil mix
- Take a small pinch of seeds and sand and spread it over the potting soil. Use your fingers to press the seeds and level up the soil mix
- Put the pots in a tray and water the pots from the bottom, and remove any excess water
- The seed will germinate within three weeks at temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit
How to Prune Lipstick Echeveria?
The lipstick echeveria needs little to no pruning except for the older ones. To prune the older plants;
- Pruned back the plants to restrict the excessive height (in this way, the side branching will grow)
- Prune off the wilted leaves and flowers to promote the new growth and bloom
How to Repot Lipstick Echeveria?
The warm or growing season is best for the repotting of lipstick echeveria. To repot the succulent:
- Make sure the soil is dry before repotting
- Gently remove the plant
- Knock away the old soil and dead roots, then treat the cuts with fungicides
- Place the plant in the new pot with perfect drainage holes and draining soil.
- Ensure the fresh potting soil mix contains the balanced perlite or porous material
How to Protect Lipstick Echeveria from Pests and Problems?
For Lipstick Echeveria, the waterlogged soil and improper light exposure are critical factors to consider to keep the succulents healthy and blooming. For example, excess soil moisture attracts harmful insects and fungal pathogens.
The following are the problems when plants get too much water:
Yellowing Leaves or Leaf Drop
The main reason for yellow tips in succulent plant leaves is root rot due to improper drainage and waterlogged soils—select pots with proper drainage holes and a good potting soil mix to avoid this problem. You can use perlite and orchid bark add-ons to your soil to wick away excessive moisture.
The excess moisture attracts the infestation of harmful pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and fungus gnats. To protect the Lipstick Echeveria from the infestation of these pests, spray the plant with neem oil and insecticidal soap weekly.
5 Tips on How to Take Good Care of Lipstick Echeveria?
- Avoid overwatering this beautiful succulent and follow the “soak and dry” method to keep them healthy.
- Always plant the Lipstick Echeveria in well-draining soil with slightly acidic pH levels.
- Keep them in the partial shade outdoors and full sun in interior spaces.
- Regularly monitor your Echeveria agavoides for pest infestation (mealybugs and spider mites) indoors.
- Apply liquid fertilizer in moderation during the growing season.
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