Ever wanted to add a little green to your backyard or indoors just to make indoor living a bit greener?

Well, succulent plants especially Echeveria elegans is the best way to spice up things. And if you are up for the challenge, in today’s post we’re going to be sharing with you our step by step guide on how to successfully grow and care for echeveria elegans, which other Echeveria varieties are better indoor foliage for color and, how to water echeveria, which soil is best for growing Echeveria.


Also, we will look at how much lighting conditions will your succulents need to get the best(optimal growth) out of your succulents and what you can do to improve succulent foliage color.

Echeveria is one of the large genus of succulent plants, most are evergreen some are deciduous.

With over 40species and countless hybrids, the variety of colorful succulent foliage and which form or shape you want your next echeveria grow is endless.

How Many Times Does Echeveria Elegans Need Watering?

Anywhere between 2-12 weeks. Varieties like echeveria agavoides and many more will need Watering kept to a minimum as they are growing off their propagated leaf or branch.

When they are established, echeveria succulents can go up to 12 weeks without watering provided that you are using idea growing medium/soil.

Overwatering succulents is a major issue that causes a host of problems besides rotting, now if you are going to water your succulents, firstly you need to water the soil or whichever growing medium you are using rather than pouring water over the foliage.

And if you can help, use rainwater over tap water as it is best simply because rainwater is free from unwanted minerals and chemicals that can mark the bloom on the foliage.

For best results with your echeveria succulents, make sure that you keep the watering at an increased level during the summer season and keeping it at a reduced rate in winter.

The key is to always make sure that your succulent’s growing medium of choice is almost dry in between watering and this can easily be tested with your finger.

The other factor for succulent drooping is caused by poor succulent potting techniques, so before you choose the fancy succulent pot, we’ll take a look at a few select echeveria varieties you might want to consider.

If you have also noticed your succulents getting crooked in shape, Sun is another issue that might be causing this.

Though succulents are resilient indoor plants that can survive with low to medium lighting, it’s fair to say the more you make the effort to expose them to at least 4 hours daylight, the better foliage you will get.

Truly, the amount of direct sunlight exposure Echeveria requires, depends on your climate as well as the variety, as a general rule those with paler foliage will take less Sun.

In hotter climates, Echeveria can suffer from leaf burn in very hot summer afternoon Sun, so some protection may be required the amount of Sun also affects the foliage color more Sun will bring out better colors as will a little less watering.

Conversely, too much shade can lead to elongation of the leaves and lack of color. Species such as Echeveria agavoides and echeveria peacockii are popular with many succulent grower enthusiasts however it is the hybrids that are most commonly offered for sale.

Which Growing Medium Is Best For Succulents?

Growing medium needs to be free draining, a simple cactus and succulent potting mix is suited to most varieties.

Most varieties will grow well in shallow bowls but if you wish to use a deeper container try using some polystyrene in the bottom of the container to lessen the amount of potting mix and also the weight of the container.

Once you bag yourself a free draining potting mix, it’s always a good idea to finish up your succulent grow with pebbles which you makes it look good when the container is topped with carefully selected small pebbles.