Echeveria Pulidonis (ech-eh-VER-ee-a pu-LEE-do-nis) is a slow-growing flowering evergreen succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae.
The plant hails from Mexico and Central America and commonly known as Pulido’s Echeveria.
Echeveria Pulidonis Care
Size and Growth
Pulido’s echeveria has a slower growth rate compared to other Echeveria succulent plants.
The plant is low growing reaching only 8” inches tall and 6” to 8” inches wide.
It has curved stemless rosettes 4” to 5” inches wide with a cupping growth and a distinct red tip.
Over time an established plant will grow to produce a good size clump.
NOTE: A popular un-named hybrid with pulidonis is Echeveria agavoides X E. pulidonis. Another Echeveria lilacina x Echeveria pulidoni known as is Echeveria ‘Orion’.
Flowering and Fragrance
The evergreen Echeveria pulidonis succulent is characterized by thick, cupping dark green leaves, pale greenish-silver in color with deeper red edges.
The bloom time is in the spring months where the bright yellow flowers force the reddish stems to arch over due to the weight of the flowers
Bright Light and Temperature
This Echeveria enjoys plenty of light. Plant pulidonis echeveria in full sun or a sunny spot with some partial shade in the garden or near a south or west facing window.
Good lighting will prevent the ‘stretching’ of the plant which encourages the redness along the edge of the plants.
The plant enjoys warm climates.
The Ideal growing temperatures are between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is not a frost-hardy plant and advisable to keep the plant out of chilly winds during the colder months of the year.
Watering and Feeding
Like most Echeveria succulents, Pulido’s echeveria is drought tolerant with has low watering needs.
Overwatering damages the plant by following a ‘soak-and-dry’ method when watering.
Water the plant thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering the plant again.
Generally, the plants need more water during the hotter summer months and sparingly during the winter.
Th Echeveria pulidonis plant is just as sensitive to over-feeding as it is to overwatering.
Apply a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of spring.
Alternatively, use a diluted liquid fertilizer solution with a low concentration of nitrogen and apply when watering during the growing season.
Soil and Transplanting
Porous, well-draining soil is necessary for Pulido’s echeveria to ensure that the plant isn’t waterlogged in soil.
Good sandy soil with low to medium levels of moisture is ideal.
When repotting, it is best done during the warmer months.
- Make sure the soil is completely dry before transplanting.
- Once the plant has been removed from the old pot, knock off the old soil from the bottom of the plant.
- Remove any dead or rotting roots
- Replant in new soil.
- Wait at least a week before you begin to water the plant to avoid chances of root rot.
Grooming and Maintenance
Echeveria care is fairly simple.
The #1 care or maintenance item!
Prevent root rot by NOT allowing plants to sit in water.
Additionally, remove dead leaves at the base of the plant.
They make great hiding places for mealybugs.
How To Propagate Pulido’s Echeveria
Propagate Echecvria plants by using stem or leaf cuttings.
This should be done during the spring or early summer for the best results.
Echeverias Pest and Diseases
This plant is fairly pest and disease free and even resistant to deer, however, it can be susceptible to mealybugs.
Especially if the dead leaves are not removed regularly.
If you find your plant has become lunch to mealybugs, get rid of them by wiping down your plant with some rubbing alcohol.
Check out our article for more details on controlling succulent mealybugs and other pests.
Suggested Pulido’s Echeveria Uses
Due to its beautiful appearance, this plant works in full sun as a wonderful ornamental piece for your rock garden or as a potted plant.
It can also be a part of a container garden as part of a wider floral arrangement.