Echeveria Runyonii [Ech-eh-VER-ee-a, Run-YON-ee-eye] is an evergreen species of flowering plants, belonging to the family Crassulaceae.
This plant is native to Mexico, and one of the numerous Echeveria plant types identified and cultivated till now.
It is considered one of the most popular and beautiful succulent plants which need little maintenance.
There are rarely any problems with this plant, except when overwatering or insufficient light.
However, these issues may be tackled easily.
The common names for this plant include:
- Mexican Hens
- Hens and Chicks
- Mexican Hen and Chicks
- Topsy Turvy
Echeveria Runyonii Plants Care
Size & Growth
This succulent sprouts rosettes 3.1” – 3.9” inches wide.
The leaves of this plant are oblong-spatulate to spatulate-cuneate, acuminate to truncate, and mucronate.
They are pinkish-white colored and sit on top of single stems around 3.9” inches or more in length.
Flowering and Fragrance
The Echeveria ‘topsy turvy’ mostly grows yellow flowers, and sometimes bright orange ones.
The bloom time of this plant is during the spring season and late summer season.
The flowers bloom on top of an arching, long inflorescence.
Light & Temperature
The Topsy Turvy plant loves full sun and needs bright light to maintain its rosette form and color.
However, it also tolerates partial shade. In southern regions, it’s best to place the plant in light shade.
The ideal temperatures for this plant are 65° – 70° degrees Fahrenheit (18° – 21° C).
This plant is not cold-hardy, and unable to survive hard frost, but is still able to take cooler temperatures.
The USDA hardiness zones of E. Runyonii are 9 to 11.
Watering and Feeding
Runyonii has low water needs but must be adequately watered during the summer and spring season.
It is water sensitive, which is why it is recommended to utilize the ‘soak and dry’ technique.
Make sure the soil completely dries out between watering.
If the plant is placed outside, avoid watering during the winter season.
Overwatering may result in rotting or fungal disease.
Feed this plant during the spring season using a diluted succulent plant fertilizer.
For the younger plants, use a fertilizer with a reduced amount of nitrogen.
Soil & Transplanting
This plant requires a gritty, quick-draining soil since it is habituated to grow in tiny crevices in rocky outcropping.
It is best to select a sandy soil, like a succulents or cacti potting mix with a pH level higher than 7.0.
It may be repotted when needed, but make sure it is done during warmer seasons.
To repot this succulent, use completely dry soil before the plant is removed.
The soil must be removed gently from the roots, and any dead or rotted roots must also be removed.
The cuts must receive fungicide treatment before the transplanting process.
Grooming and Maintenance
The Echeveria ‘topsy turvy’ plants are pretty easy to grow if basic rules are followed.
The most important thing to look after is to make sure the rosettes of this plant never sit in water for a prolonged duration as this result in fungal diseases or rotting.
It is also essential to remove all rotten and dead leaves from the bottom to enhance its growth.
Otherwise, the dead leaves will provide various pests a haven to grow in.
How to Propagate Hens And Chicks
The propagation process of Echeveria Runyonii ‘topsy turvy’ is done using the leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, or through offsets.
If the plant is overgrown and mature, the tighter rosettes should be cut off using a sharp knife.
The cuttings must be dried off by placing them in a shady spot for many days.
Afterward, place the cuttings in well-draining, moist soil.
Make sure the cuttings and propagation are done during the spring season.
These plants produce offsets profusely which surround the central rosette.
Plant the offsets in a location where it is able to get direct sunlight for at least 6 hours every day.
For indoor plants, place the new plant in a room which gets plenty of sunlight, ideally near or on the windowsill.
Echeveria Pest or Diseases
The Topsy Turvy plant is rabbit and deer resistant.
It is mostly trouble-free, but be on a lookout for attacks on succulents from aphids, mealybugs, and vine weevil.
Make sure to avoid overwatering as this leads to fungal diseases and rotting.
Topsy Turvy Uses
These succulent plants work best in rock gardens, ground covers, green roofs, Mediterranean gardens, borders, and beds.
This plant is also known as the favorite succulent to add in a terrarium.
This Topsy Turvy plant looks excellent in small containers and dish gardens as well and looks stunning when combined with other succulent plants.
This plant is bound to attract hummingbirds, making the garden even livelier.