Echeveria Pulidonis (ech-eh-VER-ee-a pu-LEE-do-nis) is a slow-growing flowering evergreen succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae and genus Echeveria.
The plant hails from Puebla, 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 succulent Echeveria plant species.
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 and red edge.
Over time as this slow growing succulent plant becomes established it will grow to produce a good size clump and rosette.
Pulidonis is recommended for USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b.
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 golden yellow flowers force the reddish stems to arch over due to the weight of the flowers
Bright Light and Temperature
Echeveria varieties are beautiful succulents that enjoy plenty of light. Plant pulidonis echeveria in full sun or a spot with bright sunlight and some partial shade in the garden or near a south or west-facing window.
Good strong lighting will prevent the ‘stretching’ of the plant which encourages the red leaf edges.
The plant enjoys warm climates.
The Ideal growing temperatures are between 50° – 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.
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Soil and Transplanting
Porous, well-drained soil is necessary for Pulido’s Echeveria to ensure 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. Tips on succulent potting mixes and Succulent soil recipe.
- 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. Always use pots with a drainage holes.
Additionally, remove dead leaves at the base of the plant.
They make great hiding places for mealybugs.
How To Propagate Pulido’s Echeveria
Propagate Echeveria plants by using stem cuttings or leaf cuttings or offsets from the mother plant. It’s reported that pulidonis grows easily from leaf cuttings.
This should be done during the spring or early summer for the best results.
Pest and Diseases on Echeveria Plants
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 articles for more details on:
- Controlling succulent mealybugs and other pests
- Echeveria Pests and Diseases
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.