How to Grow, Propagate, and Care For Lipstick Echeveria

Echeveria agavoides or Lipstick Echeveria is a low maintenance and drought-tolerant succulent plant that produces beautiful colored pink, white, yellow, or red flowers. Ideally, it can be grown indoors or outdoors in containers. Lipstick Echeverias often end up on a succulent plant lover’s wishlist due to their easy-to-maintain lifestyle and star-shaped rosette. 

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How to Grow, Repot, Propagate, and Care For Lipstick Echeveria?

Introduction

Echeveria agavoides or Lipstick Echeveria is a low maintenance and drought-tolerant succulent plant that produces beautiful colored pink, white, yellow, or red flowers. Ideally, it can be grown indoors or outdoors in containers. Lipstick Echeverias often end up on a succulent plant lover’s wishlist due to their easy-to-maintain lifestyle and star-shaped rosette. 
Let’s learn more about the Echeveria agavoides and how to propagate, repot and care for them.

What Is a Lipstick Echeveria?

Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’ is also known as Molded Wax agave, Cotyledon agavoides, Echeveria obscura, Echeveria yuccoides, Urbinia agavoides, and Urbinia obscura. The name of this evergreen succulent plant is inspired by its matte green leaves with red edges.
Lipstick Echeveria can be grown as both houseplant and an outdoor plant. Furthermore, it is a stemless plant that provides magical aesthetics with its rosette (an ideal plant for rock gardens). This flowering succulent belongs to the Family Crassulaceae and is native to rocky regions of Mexico and Central America.
Echeveria has many species and cultivars beloved among gardeners and houseplant owners due to their eye-catching appearance. These Echeveria succulents produce stunning rosettes with bright colored edges. It includes Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg,’ Painted Echeveria, Echeveria ‘Black Prince,’ ‘Dusty Rose,’ woolly rose, Mexican snowball, and ‘Neon Breaker.’

Lipstick Echeveria Blooms

Lipstick Echeveria is famous among succulent plant lovers because of its easy-growing and beautiful flowers. Moreover, Echeverias are grown for their star-shaped rosette and fat leaves of apple green color with bright red edges. The more sun it gets, the more beautiful and clear its borders are.
It produces striking flowers, pink, orange, yellow, and white-colored, which attract bees (beneficial insects) and hummingbirds. The particular name “agavoides” of lipstick echeveria indicates the resemblance of this succulent to the members of the genus Agave—reminiscent of agave.

How to Grow Lipstick Echeveria?

Lipstick Echeveria is drought tolerant and easy to maintain succulent, which requires full sun, optimum watering, and moist soil to produce a beautiful rosette.

Growing Indoors

This beautiful succulent needs bright sunlight and well-draining soil in the indoor environment. At the same time, its water requirements are low, and they thrive well without any houseplant fertilizer during the dormant period. They are great for windowsills, shelves, and office desks. Spruce up your work from home station with a Lipstick Echeveria.
Pro Tip
As they grow towards light sources, they need regular turning to produce uniform leaves.

Growing Outdoors

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:

Water

  • 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.

Sunlight

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.

Temperature

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.

Soil

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.

Fertilizer

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.
  1. Wear gloves and use a sharp knife to cut off the leaf edges
  2. Let it rest for several days to heal and develop a natural seal
  3. Place the cuttings in a well-aerated potting mix with water in it and watch for root system development
  4. Once the root system of Echeveria generates (within two weeks), place the pots in full sun locations
  5. 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.
  1. Mix the fine black seeds of echeveria with sand (twice their volume) in a tray
  2. Fill the pot up to 4 inches with a well-draining potting soil mix
  3. 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
  4. Put the pots in a tray and water the pots from the bottom, and remove any excess water
  5. 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;
  1. Pruned back the plants to restrict the excessive height (in this way, the side branching will grow)
  2. 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:
  1. Make sure the soil is dry before repotting
  2. Gently remove the plant
  3. Knock away the old soil and dead roots, then treat the cuts with fungicides
  4. Place the plant in the new pot with perfect drainage holes and draining soil. 
  5. 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.

Pests

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?

  1. Avoid overwatering this beautiful succulent and follow the “soak and dry” method to keep them healthy.
  2. Always plant the Lipstick Echeveria in well-draining soil with slightly acidic pH levels.
  3. Keep them in the partial shade outdoors and full sun in interior spaces.
  4. Regularly monitor your Echeveria agavoides for pest infestation (mealybugs and spider mites) indoors.
  5. Apply liquid fertilizer in moderation during the growing season.

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