Echeveria Nodulosa [Painted Echeveria]: Growing and Care

Echeveria nodulosa [ech-eh-VER-ee-a nod-yoo-LOH-suh] is another stunning succulent plant.

The green leaves display colorful markings and the bright flowers arrive in the summer.

A succulent evergreen Echeveria native to Mexico “nodulosa” is a member of the family Crassulaceae and known by several common names:

  • Painted Echeveria
  • Echeveria discolor
  • Echeveria misteca
  • Cotyledon nodulosa

Painted Echeveria, beautiful succulent plant, colorful multicolored foliage

Painted Echeveria Nodulosa Care

Size and Growth

The ‘Painted’ succulent Echeveria has a moderate growth rate. The stem reaches up to 2′ feet tall with wide rosettes 5″ inches wide spaced at 8″ – 10″ inches.

The summer flowers grow up to 2′ feet tall and have an erect growth.

Flowering and Fragrance

Echeveria discolor is an incredibly beautiful plant with multicolored foliage. Deep green rosettes with vivid red markings along the leaves give it a ‘painted’ effect.

Dull yellow flowers with pinkish red hues bloom in the summer give it an attractive appeal. There is generally no fragrance.

Light and Temperature

Painted Nodulosa does best with a combination of partial shade and full sun. It should ideally get a few hours of direct sunlight during the early morning or early afternoon sun.

Protect the plant using shade from the harsher sunlight of a late afternoon.

When planting indoors, place in a location receiving plenty of light. If you move the outdoors during the hotter season, move it gradually to acclimatize it first.

Painted Echeveria grows best in temperatures between 65° to 72° degrees Fahrenheit in USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

It has been reported to handle winter temperatures to 25° degrees Fahrenheit.

Watering and Feeding

Water occasionally, while the root system becomes established. Increase the frequency during the hot summer months.

Like many is the genus Echeveria this variety is drought tolerant.

Do not overfeed. When feeding use a balanced fertilizer on a weekly basis.

Younger plants require a fertilizer with lower amounts of nitrogen while mature plants can handle a stronger feed.

Soil and Transplanting

Grow painted Echeveria in well-drained soil. Loam and sand work best. Transplant when needed.

However, transplanting is best done during the warmer season. Before moving plants, make sure the soil is dry.

How to Propagate The Nodulosa Echeveria

Propagate painted Echeveria from stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. If using stem cuttings, remove them by hand and let them heal over for a few days.

Once the cut dries, plant the cuttings in cactus soil and place it in a warm spot away from harsh sunlight. Water until plants take root.

If starting from leaf cuttings, remove the leaves from the plant during summer and let them dry.

Plant the dried leaf in moist soil until one third buried. Select a arm location to place the pot while rooting. Water when the potting soil begins to dry.

Leaves should establish roots in 4-6 weeks.

Painted Echeveria Pest and Disease Problems

Though Painted Echeveria is resistant to most diseases, it is susceptible to:

Mealybugs, vine weevil, and aphids.

If this happens, wipe down the plant with a damp cloth or dust off the pests before they become a problem.

Suggested Uses For Painted Cotyledon Uses

This is a beautiful option for a garden plant or a houseplant due to its attractive appearance and ability to attract hummingbirds for a lively looking garden.

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