Echeveria agavoides Romeo is one of the most sought-after (and most expensive) succulents due to its unique looks. Its leaves are glossy red and it can be a little difficult to propagate, making it hard to come by.
Here’s all you need to know about maintaining Echeveria agavoides Romeo:
About Echeveria Agavoides Romeo
Echeveria agavoides Romeo is one of the most beautiful succulents in the world. Its pinkish-red leaves arranged in shapely rosettes make you fall in love with it at first sight.
It is a mutation of Echeveria agavoides. This is very common in succulents and many interesting-looking succulents are often mutations of a succulent species.
The leaves are the defining feature of this succulent. The color can change depending on the climate and seasons. The leaves are pinkish during the summers and start shifting towards red as the temperature lowers.
The rosette itself can grow up to 12 inches in diameter. It can sprout pups, but it varies from plant to plant. Though it is rare, some plants do grow matching red flowers. It is not the easiest plant to grow or care for, but most people agree that the effort is worth it.
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Echeveria agavoides do not grow very big. They are small succulents and most of them only grow 5-6 inches tall. They can spread out over a large area, with diameters up to 15 inches.
Echeveria agavoides Romeo is one of the largest of the genus. It measures up to 6 inches tall and 15 inches across.
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How to Care for Echeveria Agavoides Romeo
Caring for Echeveria agavoides Romeo can be a little tricky, but most people are able to manage it. It is not very different from other succulents. Here’s a detailed care guide for Echeveria agavoides Romeo:
Exposure to direct sunlight is not recommended for Echeveria agavoides Romeo. Morning or evening sunlight is good for this plant. In the afternoons, it should be placed in a shaded area or an area that receives filtered sunlight.
If you live in a place that experiences very mild summers, you can keep your Echeveria agavoides Romeo outside all day.
Watering is the trickiest part of caring for an Echeveria agavoides Romeo. You need to be very careful not to overwater it as too much moisture makes it vulnerable to fungi and rot.
If you live in a high humidity area, avoid leaving this plant outdoors for too long. Depending on the climate, water it once a week or once in 2 weeks. Avoid misting the rosettes with water.
Soak the soil thoroughly and do not water again until the soil dries. Overwatering can cause discoloration in the leaves of the Echeveria agavoides Romeo.
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Like all succulents, Echeveria agavoides Romeo needs quick-draining soil. A regular succulent potting will work just fine for this plant. You can add some perlite to increase the draining capacity of the soil.
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Echeveria agavoides Romeo does not necessarily need fertilizer. If you are so inclined you can use a small amount of 20-20-20 fertilizer at the beginning of spring. It might help in the production of flowers in your plant.
Echeveria agavoides Romeo cannot tolerate temperatures lower than 34 degrees F. The plant should be moved indoors if there are chances of frost during the winters as it will not survive freezing over.
It is active during the summers and does not mind the heat. However, it should not be placed in direct sun. Place your Echeveria agavoides Romeo in a partially shaded area.
Fortunately, Echeveria agavoides Romeo is not susceptible to many pests or diseases. You need to be on the lookout for mealybugs, as they love feeding on juicy succulents.
Excess moisture can cause fungus on the leaves. Take care not to overwater and you’ll be fine!
Propagating Echeveria Agavoides Romeo
Propagating Echeveria agavoides Romeo is not an easy task. For best results, make sure to do it in the spring during their growing period. Propagation can be done by leaves, offsets or seeds but none of them have a high success rate.
If you use seeds, make sure to buy them from a reliable seller. Propagate them the same way as succulents. If they do sprout, it will take up to a year for them to get big enough to repot.
Offsets do not appear in every Echeveria agavoides Romeo. If your plant has an offset, it might be your best chance at propagation. Carefully extract them and repot them in similar soil.
Leaves can be a viable method of propagation during the growing period. Carefully extract a few leaves by twisting and pulling.
Leave them to dry for a few days so the wound can heal. Plant them in a succulent potting mix and you should see new leaves sprouting in a couple of weeks.
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