9 Unique Pachyveria Species: Care and Propagation Guide

Pachyveria is a hybrid succulent. They typically grow to 2–6 inches in height. They grow best in soil full of phosphorus and potassium, but low in nitrogen. Pachyveria is a hybrid cross between Pachyphytum and Echeveria.

Many of the cultivated plants are similar to one or another species from which the crossing has been composed and they easily develop in the shape of more or less abnormal ridges. The Pachyveria succulent is very sought after by collectors and specialists.

Pachyveria succulents are hardy in USDA zones 9a to 11b: from 20°F (-6.7°C) to 50°F (10°C).

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Types Of Pachyveria Succulents

Pachyveria Bea

pachyveria bea

Pachyveria Bea is a frosty, ice-blue rosette of somewhat pointed, upright leaves. The foliage shows subtle facets like its parent plant, Pachyphytum compactum, and has a powdery coating of farina. It is often mistakenly called Pachyveria Glauca, though that plant lacks the distinctive leaf facets.

The succulent produces a tall bloom stalk with pink and orange bell-shaped flowers. This intergeneric hybrid has chunkier leaves than a standard Echeveria and can grow a tall stem as it matures. It takes well to regular “beheading” and re-rooting.

Pachyveria Clavata

pachyveria clavata

Pachyveria Clavata is a stunning succulent with a growth habit between a loose rosette and a stemmed grower. It grows up to 16 inches in height. The leaves are greyish green, elongated to spatulate, almost flat, up to 4 inches long, and up to 1 inch wide.

Flowers have reddish petals surrounded by fleshy sepals the same color as the foliage. They appear atop up to 10 inches long stems.

Pachyveria Clavifolia

pachyveria clavifolia

Pachyveria Clavifolia or the Jeweled Crown is a hybrid between Pachyphytum bracteosum and Echeveria rosea. It is a powder blue rosette of round, fleshy leaves that can blush pink at the edges when grown in bright sunlight.

These medium rosettes stay under 6.0″ wide and their stems can grow up to 6.0″ tall. Their soft, pastel coloring is highlighted with a coating of epicuticular wax (farina) that helps them withstand hot, dry conditions.

Pachyveria Glauca

pachyveria glauca

Pachyeveria Glauca (also known as Pachyveria Haagei is a rosette succulent with thick, silvery blue leaves. This cultivar has a thick coating of farina (epicuticular wax) that protects it in full sun and gives the plant a soft, powdery appearance.

Its chunky leaves stand upright, giving the rosette a looser form. It is a hybrid of Pachyphytum hookeri and Echeveria sp.

Pachyveria Jewel Tone

pachyveria jewel tone

Pachyveria Jewel Tone is a lovely, mint green rosette that will blush rosy pink at its leaf tips when grown in bright sunlight. It has a light covering of farina. This variety produces a tall bloom stalk from which hang coral pink, bell-shaped flowers.

This succulent grows to a height of 3-5 inches and a diameter of 3-4 inches.

Pachyveria King Midas

pachyveria king midas

Pachyveria King Midas (sometimes known as Pachyveria Claire) is a fantastic, easy-to-grow cultivar with a nice growth habit and blue-green coloration. It forms a low rosette densely packed with blue-green leaves and does not grow a tall stem over time like many Pachyveria.

This succulent blooms with lots of golden flowers (hence the name) and is a hybrid of Moonstones (Pachyphytum oviferum) and Echeveria pulidonis.

Pachyveria Myrtilla

pachyveria myrtilla

The Pachyveria Myrtilla is an intergeneric hybrid created in the United States, possibly from the cross between Pachyphytum bracteosum and an unknown species of Echeveria. It features rosettes of spoon-shaped reddish-green leaves covered with a powdery bloom.

This succulent grows up to 10 inches in diameter on up to 2 feet tall stems. The leaves turn to rich pink or mauve in winter or if the plant gets plenty of sunlight. Flowers are bell-shaped, reddish, and orange inside.

Pachyveria Powder Puff

pachyveria powder puff

Pachyveria Powder Puff (also known as Pachyveria Exotica or Pachyveria Kobayashi) is a hybrid of Pachyphytum oviferum and Echeveria cante. It features a gorgeously soft, pastel rosette with sizeable leaves.

This opalescent cultivar grows chunky foliage of pale blue with a rosy pink tinge. It has a thick covering of powdery wax or “farina”, that protects it in full sun. It is a strong grower and produces multiple bloom stalks with prolific pink and yellow flowers.

Pachyveria Scheideckeri

pachyveria scheideckeri

The Pachyveria Scheideckeri is a hybrid resulting from the cross between Pachyphytum bracteosum and Echeveria secunda. This succulent forms compact rosettes of fleshy, red-flushed, pale grey to blue-green leaves.

It is a very variable hybrid that produces smaller or larger normal rosettes as well as rosettes with variegated and often distorted leaves. Cymes of yellow to orange-red flowers appear in spring or summer.

How To Care For Pachyveria

Pachyveria is fairly simple to take care of and is a very common choice for houseplants. Not only are their needs easy to figure out, but they are also excellent as decorative plants because of their lovely leaves.

Light

Pachyveria is native to regions where it gets tons of natural sunlight. Pachyveria can be grown outdoors or indoors as long as it gets some amount of sunlight every single day.

Very direct and intense sunlight in the morning is tolerated well by Pachyveria but direct sunlight in the afternoon can damage the leaves of the plant.

If you have an outdoor Pachyveria, use a sheet to protect the leaves of the plant during the hours of intense sunlight. If you have an indoor plant, then make sure you keep it in a spot that gets partial sunlight throughout the day.

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Water

Pachyveria, like most succulents, is extremely sensitive to overwatering but can tolerate underwatering to a reasonable degree. Any amount of excess moisture can lead to the formation of rot in the roots of the plant.

If your Pachyveria is underwatered, you will easily be able to tell. The leaves of the succulent will not have enough water stored and they will become soft to the touch.

In that case, you should go ahead and water the plant. At other times, you must be extremely careful not to overwater the plant. Pachyveria should only be watered if the soil is dry up to a depth of four inches.

Alternatively, if the leaves of the plant are plump, then that means that there is water stored in the plant and you do not need to water the plant.

While watering, you must take care not to put water on the leaves of the plant as that can lead to rotting and damage.

Though this may vary according to climate, you can water your plant once every five to seven days during the summer months.

Pachyveria enters a period of active growth in the winter and needs to be watered more heavily during that time.

To know when this period is coming, examine the bottom leaves of the plant. If they are dry, then you need to start increasing the quantity of water.

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Soil

Pachyveria has one crucial requirement from the soil. The soil can be of any poor quality but it should be well-drained so that there is no accumulation of moisture around the roots of the plant.

You can buy a pre-made succulent potting mix to plant your Pachyveria or you can make your own by combining regular potting soil, sand and perlite or pumice.

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Climate

Pachyveria is native to regions with hot climates and can tolerate high amounts of heat. However, it cannot tolerate low temperatures and can especially die during frost.

Pachyveria should not be kept in temperatures below 45 degrees Farhenheit for sustained periods of time without protection. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit can kill the plant completely.

These succulents, especially those kept outdoors, need to be protected from the frost during the winter months. You can protect your succulent with a sheet during frost.

Fertilizer

Pachyveria can be nourished with fertilizers around once a month during their active growth period. For this, you can use the fertilizers available for succulents by diluting them and then putting them in the soil.

Potting and Repotting

Pachyveria needs to be potted in well-drained soil, ideally in a container that has drainage holes.

The roots of the succulent do not take up a lot of space and grow slower than the leaves of the plant. As a result, the plant needs to be repotted only about once every two years. The plant should ideally be repotted in the month of April.

How To Propagate Pachyveria

New Pachyveria plants can be propagated from the leaves found in the center of the rosettes of the plant. After cutting the leaf, keep it outside for about a day. After that, the leaf needs to be dipped in a rooting mixture and then potted in a moist soil mixture.

The leaf cutting will soon lead to the growth of rosettes of the succulent. As the rosette grows its own root, it can be transferred out of this soil into well-drained soil that is suitable for Pachyveria.

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