Echeveria Nodulosa: How to Propagate Your Succulent

Echeveria Nodulosa [ech-eh-VER-ee-a nod-yoo-LOH-suh] is an evergreen succulent. It is an interesting species of flowering plant in the Crassulaceae family. It is commonly known as ‘Painted Echeveria’ due to its discoloration. This Echeveria with unusual features is native to Mexico.

The epithet ‘Nodulosa’, from the Latin ‘nodulus’,  means ‘small swelling’.

Echeveria Nodulosa is different from other varieties of the Echeveria genus. But it is a very easy succulent to care for and propagate.

Let’s get a quick look on the characteristics of this succulent:

  • Filtered to partial or full sunlight
  • Purple/Red/Green leaves and stem
  • Pink/yellow blooming flowers
  • Not cold hardy (till 20° F)
  • Zone 10 (At least 30° F)
  • Plants grow up to 6” to 8” tall
  • Rosettes grow over 5” wide
  • Easy propagation
  • More or less disease free
  • Pet safe

Physical Description of Echeveria

Echeveria Nodulosa is an attractive succulent with erect stems. They bear long green rosettes mixed with markings of purple or red hues on the surface and margins.

The branching, sprawling leaves can grow up to 8 inches long and 2 inches wide. They also bear beautiful yellow flowers in pink hues that grow up to 2 feet tall during summer. But, they do not have any fragrance.

Echeveria Nodulosa has different varieties. Echeveria Nodulosa Maruba and Echeveria Nodulosa arrow are hybrids of the original Nodulosa

Where to Keep Your Echeveria Nodulosa

This painted beauty grows best with partial or full sunlight. Your Echeveria Nodulosa must get at least 5 hours of direct sunlight on a daily or consistent basis.

Outdoor temperature must be between 60° and 80° F. If the temperature starts to rise, place your Echeveria Nodulosa under a shade.

 If you want to grow your Echeveria Nodulosa indoors, then you should place the succulent by a window. Make sure the plant gets enough sunlight for at least 6 hours.

You can also get a high quality bright indoor light if the succulent does not get the required light. This will help your Nodulosa to grow its best and maintain its colors.

Heat and Temperature

General weather conditions vary around the world. For example, living in a hot and dry location you will need to water the succulent more than someone in a colder area.

In general, the painted Echeveria is drought tolerant. You can water your Echeveria Nodulosa once or twice every week, depending on when the soil is dry. You can use the ‘soak and dry’ method to schedule your watering. 

You should water only when the soil is completely dry to prevent root rot.

While Echeverias grow well without fertilizers, you can provide some extra TLC. But make sure you don’t overfeed. That can lead to root and soil damage.

This warm and beautiful succulent is not very cold hardy. The lowest temperature it can bear is 20° F. So make sure you grow your Echeveria Nodulosa in a suitable climate.

Soil Quality

The best soil you can use is a mix of high quality succulent and cactus soil for your Echeveria to grow well. It is important to pick well draining soil so that you don’t have problems with over watering.

Along with the soil you will want to pick 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice or perlite. Because like most succulents they need great drainage.

This leads to my next point, that is, the type of containers or pots to use.

Use containers or pots with drainage holes. This ensures that your Echeveria Nodulosa has no root clots or excess water which leads to damage.

How to Propagate Echeveria Nodulosa

Echeveria propagation, as mentioned before, is pretty easy even for beginners. They are usually propagated from offsets or leaves. But they can also be grown from stem cuttings and seed.

A healthy Echeveria Nodulosa will have lots of offsets around the base of the stem of the succulent. All you have to do is tear away some of the offsets from the parent plant and set them aside to callus over for a few days.

Next, prepare a pot with some high quality soil. Plant the calloused offset into the soil, and sprinkle water over the next few days. Place the pot under indirect light for healthy growth.

For propagating with stem cuttings, remove the stem along with a few leaves from the parent plant.

Dry and callous the stem, and after a few days place it into a container with high quality soil. Place the pot under indirect light and sprinkle water when the soil is dry.

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