Echeveria repotting

by Nadia
(Moreno Valley, CA USA)

Hello, my name is Nadia. I live in Southern California USA. I believe my growing zone is nine. I have echeveria that grows in the pot in my backyard. I need to repot it because it's stem becomes too long and plant becomes too heavy for it's pot. However, currently it has some stems growing out of the main rosette that look like the new small rosettes forming on top of the old one.

My questions are:

1. Should I cut those stems before I cut the main rosette from it's stem?

2. Can I repot those additional stems as well?

3.Or those additional stems are forming the flowers and I should wait till the flowers bloom before repotting the whole plant.
Thank you for your help.

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Sep 29, 2021
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

What a beauty! These types of Echeveria (it looks like one of Dick Wrights hybrids) tend to grow one solitary head, kind of like a cabbage, so this is how I grow them. They don't normally produce 'pups' but this one has several, so I would cut those off and plant them individually so they can develop into their best selves. You could either cut them off as in 'behead' them, or take the plant out of the pot and get some of the roots with each one.

The tall shoots that have much looser growth are flower stalks. I have never found that Echeveria resent being moved while flowering,so it won't matter if you transplant it now, or wait until it's finished blooming.

Additional thoughts; that original huge rosette being that big might indicate that it needs to be repotted sooner rather than later, with fresh soil. It is also off to one side - if you repot it now, it will adjust to the new pot in time for its winter dormancy, ready to go all out in the spring.

Sep 29, 2021
Thank you
by: Nadia

Hello Jackie,
Thank you so much for your advice.

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