Echeveria Imbricata (Blue Rose): Care and Propagation Guide
The succulent Echeveria Imbricata, also known as Echeveria Blue Rose, is a species without a natural origin as it is a hybrid between Echeveria Secunda (Mexico) and Echeveria Gibbiflora var. Metallica (Mexico and Guatemala).
It is known for its great cold tolerance, making it one of the hardiest echeverias in this aspect. Additionally, it is also well-known for the incredible symmetry of its rosette, which has made it one of the most attractive and sought-after succulents among collectors.
In this guide you will learn all the information you need to know about the characteristics, care and propagation of Echeveria Imbricata.
- Light: full sun
- Height: grows up to 15-25 cm tall and 30-60 cm wide
- Soil: fast draining
- Watering: normal
- Minimum temperature: -6 °C
- Propagation: by seeds, leaves, and shoots
- Origin: hybrid, not applicable
- Common names: echeveria blue rose
- Price: $5-18 USD
Echeveria Imbricata belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It grows in a rosette shape with thick, fleshy leaves like most echeverias.
If cultivated in a well-lit location, Echeveria Imbricata grows with upward-facing bluish-green leaves, resembling the shape of common roses. When mostly grown in partial shade, it obtains a slightly greener tone with very few or no blue hues.
It is a large-sized succulent as its rosette can grow up to 15-25 cm tall and 30-60 cm wide, making it one of the largest echeverias.
During spring and summer, it produces dark red flowers with yellow tips in a bell-shaped form. The flowers emerge from stems that can reach 10 to 20 cm in length, extending from the rosette.
Echeveria Imbricata or Echeveria Blue Rose Care
Echeveria Imbricata is a succulent that requires good lighting for healthy growth.
The recommended exposure is 5 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day, while trying to provide shade from 12 pm to 3 pm if you live in a very hot place (above 37°C). This is to avoid the midday sun, which is the most intense and could potentially burn the plant.
Remember that there is no general rule that applies to all cases. Each location has different temperatures and varied environmental conditions. Therefore, it is best to experiment with your succulent.
If you notice that the leaves are starting to burn under the current lighting conditions, gradually decrease the amount of light exposure until you reach a point where your Echeveria Blue Rose no longer suffers from burns.
Always remember that if the nursery where you bought it they had it protected from the sun under a shade net or something similar, it is important that you do not expose it to this amount of sunlight when you put it in your home. You must allow it to acclimate gradually, little by little, until it gets used to it.
Once it is adapted to being in direct sun for a few hours, you can expose it to the normal number of hours.
As for watering, Echeveria Imbricata retains a considerable amount of water in its leaves like most succulents with similar leaf thickness.
Furthermore, being a succulent that spreads extensively and covers the entire pot as it matures, it results in the substrate having very little exposure to air and retaining moisture for longer periods.
Due to this, you must be very careful with watering this succulent, as it has very low tolerance to moisture and can quickly rot if not handled properly. You should wait until the substrate is completely dry before watering it again. Never water it if the substrate is still damp, as it could start to rot.
As a standard for places without extreme climates, a normal watering routine for the Echeveria Imbricata would be every 8-10 days during spring and summer, and every 3-4 weeks during winter.
However, it is always important to check the moisture in the substrate with even greater priority than any routine. If the substrate were to be completely dry before then, it would be time to water it.
It's important to clarify that watering should be done on the soil and never on the leaves, as this could lead to fungal issues in the plant.
If you want to intensify the copper color of its edges, you can slightly reduce its water intake without allowing it to become dehydrated. For example, if you normally water it every 10 days, you can wait a couple of days between each watering, and this will intensify its color. This technique is called "stressing" the plant.
Echeveria Imbricata, like most succulents, adapts relatively well to any soil as long as it has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
In addition to potting soil, your soil mixture should include something looser or porous such as gravel, volcanic rock, or tree bark. This will prevent the plant from retaining too much water and help its roots grow easily.
In general, the ideal average soil mix should have the following approximate proportions:
- 40% of universal soil with worm humus
- 30% of gravel, volcanic rock, tree bark, or a mixture of all
- 20% of peat or perlite
- 10% of river sand
- Optional: A little ground eggshell and activated aquarium charcoal to prevent fungal growth
Of course, the proportions of each material can vary depending on the temperature and humidity of the place where you live.
But if you cannot find all the materials, don't worry. The important thing is always to maintain a higher percentage of inorganic materials to have a well-ventilated, light, rapidly draining soil that is not too high in nutrients.
- Organics: peat, coconut fiber, worm humus, compost, etc.
- Inorganics: gravel, volcanic rock, perlite, vermiculite, sand, etc.
Additionally, having a pot with several holes will greatly help with even more drainage.
The ideal temperature for good growth and flowering of the Echeveria Imbricata ‘Topsy Turvy’ is between 15°C and 25°C. However, it can tolerate higher and lower temperatures.
Being such a cold-hardy echeveria, it can withstand temperatures close to 0°C for a few days during winter without being damaged. It can even drops down to -6 °C when the soil is dry, but not for an extended period (maximum 1 or 2 days).
If exposed to these temperatures for a longer period of time, it will most likely suffer irreversible damage and even die.
How to propagate the Echeveria Imbricata or Echeveria Blue Rose
Echeveria Imbricata can be propagated by seeds, leaves, and offshoots. The most common and effective options are propagation through leaves and offshoots, although the latter occurs naturally and cannot be controlled beyond taking good care of your plant to encourage more offspring.
Some people reproduce it by seeds during spring and summer, but it is a less used method as it is more complicated and time consuming than the previous ones.
The advantage of reproducing it by seeds is that you can do it in large quantities, as you are not limited to the leaves or offsets that your succulent can produce.
Below, I explain how to reproduce this succulent by each method:
Although it is a slower option than using offsets, Echeveria Imbricata can be successfully propagated through its leaves when the process is done correctly.
Here is a step-by-step explanation of how to propagate the Echeveria Blue Rose from leaves:
- Detach the leaf: You must carefully remove the leaf, making sure to completely remove it from its base and leaving no fragments on the stem. It is best to use a lower leaf. Try to do it as if you were turning it - from left to right and vice versa - the margin of error is much lower than when you simply pull it with force and in one direction.
- Place it in a pot or container: Place the leaf in a pot or container that has been previously disinfected with alcohol. The substrate should be at least 4 centimeters deep. When you put the leaf, place it upside down to allow the roots to grow, they can penetrate under the substrate and avoid direct sunlight. Another option is to slightly bury the leaf in the substrate. If you do it this way, you would avoid covering the roots in step 4.
- Put the pot in a place with indirect light: Although in its normal state this succulent does not have problems with direct sunlight, when you are propagating it from leaves, it is not recommended to expose it, especially in the early stages of its growth.
- Cover the roots and water the substrate: When the roots begin to grow, they must be covered with substrate and given normal care: good lighting and watering every time the substrate is dry.
- If you propagated several, transplant to individual pots: Over time, the plant will grow more until it has a stem and the mother leaf will wither and drop away naturally. Once it has shed, if you propagated it with other leaves, it will be time to transplant it to a small individual pot for it to continue its growth with more space. If you propagated it alone, simply remove the mother leaf to avoid pests and continue giving it normal care recommended for this succulent.
Note: In case you made the wrong cut, and a portion of the leaf remains on the stem, the reproduction will not work. Therefore, you will have to cut another leaf to propagate and dispose of the one you cut wrongly.
If you're interested in learning in-depth about this method of propagation, recommended materials, common issues, and how to solve them, I recommend our comprehensive guide on propagating succulents from leaves.
Although they are not very common, you can get Echeveria Imbricata seeds by buying them online or at a specialized store in your city. You can also get them naturally through the pollination of the plant's flowers.
The steps to follow to propagate this Echeveria Blue Rose by seeds are:
- Prepare the soil: You must prepare a draining soil and sterilize it by watering it with boiling water. This is to kill any fungi or bacteria that might be there.
- Place it in a container with a lid: Once the soil has cooled, place it inside a container, preferably transparent and with a lid. This is to simulate the greenhouse effect.
- Mix it with a less dense material: As a recommendation, mix the soil with small portions of a less dense material such as sawdust, coconut fiber or rice husk. This will make the soil a little looser and lighter, allowing the roots to penetrate and grow more easily, with less stress on the plant.
- Place the seeds and water the soil regularly: Once the soil is ready, drop (not bury) the seeds in it. To make them germinate, you should always keep them well hydrated and with abundant filtered light, such as near a window. It is important to avoid placing the seeds in direct sunlight during this process.
Note: The container must have holes to avoid waterlogging and watering should be done preferably with a spray bottle. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that the soil is at least 3-4 cm deep, this will provide enough room for the roots to grow and develop properly.
The seeds usually germinate after 1 to 2 weeks and are ready for transplanting after about 2 to 3 months.
Offshoots or pups propagation
When given the proper care and conditions, Echeveria Imbricata occasionally produces shoots. These are small fully formed plants that grow at the base of the main plant or mother plant.
To propagate the Echeveria Blue Rose by offshoots, follow these steps:
- Choose the shoots: Try to choose the most mature shoots, even if they already have some roots on the stem. These shoots are easier to detach and will grow faster.
- Remove the shoots: Carefully remove them from the mother plant using disinfected scissors or cutters. Some shoots may come off just by gently twisting them. In any case, always be careful not to damage the roots.
- Plant the shoots: Plant them in a small pot with common succulent soil, one pot for each sprout. For your soil mix, remember to follow the recommendations mentioned above.
- Water the substrate: You should water the substrate generously and wait until it is completely dry to water again. Some people recommend watering with a spray bottle during the first 2 or 3 weeks, especially for the shoots that do not have roots.
The ideal time to transplant offshoots is during spring, as it is the season when they grow and reproduce the fastest. However, transplanting can also be done in other seasons, but growth may be slower.
This method, being small fully formed shoots, is very effective and enables the plant to quickly adapt to its new environment.
What are your thoughts on the Echeveria Imbricata?
Sin duda, la Echeveria Imbricata es una de las suculentas más llamativas tanto por el color de sus hojas como por la simetría de su roseta.
Además, es muy resistente al frío, algo no tan común en este tipo de plantas. Lo cual la hace una excelente opción para aquellas personas que vivan en lugares con este tipo de climas y que normalmente no pueden cultivar suculentas.
Undoubtedly, Echeveria Imbricata is one of the most eye-catching succulents, both due to the color of its leaves and the symmetry of its rosette.
Furthermore, it is highly cold-resistant, which is not very common among this type of plants. This makes it an excellent choice for people living in climates where succulents are typically challenging to grow.
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