Last updated on August 25th, 2023 at 11:58 am
Echeveria shaviana, also known as Pink Frills Succulent, echeveria pink frill, echeveria pinky, mexican hens succulent, or mexican hens and chicks, are beautiful succulents that will add flair to any room or garden. These striking succulents bloom bright pink flowers in the spring and summer months, making them an attractive addition to your home or patio garden.
Whether you want these succulents to attract hummingbirds or just add vibrant color to your space, they make excellent houseplants and garden plants that require very little upkeep and care.
The Pink Frills Succulent is an attractive indoor plant that can be brought into bloom with the right conditions and care.
Echeveria shaviana has been given the following nicknames, Pink Frills Succulent, Shaviana Rose, and Rose Echeveria because of its beautiful pink frilly rosettes and its charming rose-like scent.
Origin and distribution
Echeveria shaviana is native to southeastern Mexico and parts of Central America. It prefers full sun exposure, though it can tolerate shade and well-drained soil. This beautiful succulent has vibrant pink foliage that almost gives off a powdery look.
In fact, as its common name suggests, Mexican hens and chicks describes perfectly its rosette shape with small offsets being easily mistaken for chicks. The flowers are usually white or pinkish in color.
The echeveria genus contains over 300 species, many of which are popular houseplants due to their tolerance for low light levels and a wide variety of colors and shapes.
The echeverias have been used in traditional medicine by indigenous peoples from southern Mexico since ancient times. They were also cultivated by Europeans when they arrived in North America during colonial times; they were often grown outdoors or in greenhouses because they do not survive cold temperatures very well.
Echeveria shaviana propagation
The echeveria shaviana is most commonly propagated through leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. If a leaf cutting, allow it to dry for a few days and then place in water until it roots. The stem cutting should be allowed to callus over before planting into soil.
Once rooted you can transplant into larger pots and repot once they start growing again. You’ll know when to transplant when you see new leaves or offsets forming at its base. Echeverias are fairly easy to grow as long as they have good drainage and aren’t overwatered.
They like full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Be sure not to let them sit in water! Water thoroughly with every watering, allowing all excess water to drain out of pot before putting back on display.
Fertilize every other month with a half strength fertilizer during active growth periods. Echeverias love humidity so misting regularly is encouraged!
Echeveria shaviana care information
Echeveria shaviana, a mexican hens and chicks succulent, is a relatively new species of Echeveria that has become popular over its other cousins. Partly because of its relative rareness as compared to other species of Echeverias and partly because it is a beautiful succulent with pink frilly edges that make it stand out from others. This plant requires little care to keep thriving in any indoor environment.
Prefers full sun to partial shade. Do not let plants sit in full sun all day. Bright light is best and it will help keep them compact and slow-growing. They do very well under fluorescent lighting if you are not able to give them natural light or outdoors in a shaded area that receives only a few hours of direct sunlight daily. The leaves can scorch if they get too much sunlight so be careful.
If your echeveria succulents aren’t getting enough light, their leaves will be smaller than normal. If they get too much light, their leaves will be sunburned and deformed.
Echeverias grow best in a well-draining soil, so you’ll want to ensure that your potting mix is loose and full of organic matter, such as bark or sand. If you’re growing an echeveria indoors, place it near a sunny window where it can receive at least six hours of sunlight per day. If possible, move your plant outdoors during the summer months for optimal growth.
Overwatering is easy to do with succulents, especially since they come in so many different shapes and sizes. Letting your echeveria shaviana’s soil dry out between waterings is best for its health. If you notice that your plant has started losing some of its leaves or if it looks like it’s shriveling up, you should probably give it a drink of water.
You can tell if a succulent needs watering by sticking your finger into the soil about an inch down; if it feels moist at all, then you don’t need to worry about watering just yet.
Regularly water echeverias to keep them evenly moist, but don’t overdo it, these plants do not like soggy soil.
Make sure to use room temperature water when watering your echeveria. Cold water causes stress on succulents, which may cause them to lose their leaves.
Because echeverias are succulents, they require regular fertilization to stay healthy. Use a small amount of balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted by half. Once a month is usually sufficient. However, you can fertilize more often if you wish, just be sure to space out applications at least two weeks apart to prevent burning and toxic buildup in your plant’s soil or compost.
If using a granular or powdered form of fertilizer, follow package directions for dilution rates. You may also choose to use slow-release pellets instead of liquid or granular forms of fertilizer; these provide nutrients over time as opposed to all at once. Echeverias don’t need much fertilizer, so it’s best not to overdo it.
Echeveria shaviana prefers temperatures of 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but they can handle much warmer or cooler temperatures provided that their soil doesn’t dry out. They are more likely to drop leaves and die at higher temperatures. Placing them in indirect sunlight is best if you don’t have a window with southern exposure.
If you’re bringing your echeveria shaviana from a cold place to a warm place, or vice versa, try keeping it in a bag with some wet paper towels. You can also try misting it with water periodically, or taking it outside when it’s sunny and letting direct sunlight hit its leaves for about 10 minutes.
The ideal humidity range is 40 to 60 percent. Echeverias prefer a more humid environment than cacti, so if you’re keeping it in a cactus-only terrarium, be sure to keep an eye on it and mist it frequently.
You can also place a tray of pebbles underneath your plant and fill them with water. This will raise the humidity around your echeveria shaviana without having to worry about over-watering.
It is a good idea to regularly prune your echeveria shaviana. It will allow it to grow even more of those beautiful rosettes and also help keep it from becoming overgrown, as succulents are wont to do when left unchecked. When you prune, make sure that you don’t cut off any new growth; make sure your plant stays nice and bushy!
Also, try not to overwater your plant once you have finished with your pruning session, it may take some time for it to regain its full thirst after being trimmed back.
Remember: these plants love their water! You can always check by gently squeezing one of its leaves, if it doesn’t spring back at all or only springs back very slowly, then give it a little bit more water until you see some reaction in its leaves.
When to repot
Echeverias are usually ready to be repotted when their roots have filled up their pots. In other words, when you see roots growing out of your pot’s drainage holes, it’s time to repot. If you don’t like seeing all those root hairs sticking out of your pot, gently rinse them off every few weeks or so. They should grow back relatively quickly if they get damaged.
When choosing a new pot for your echeveria, make sure that it has at least one drainage hole in its bottom and is just slightly larger than its current container. Don’t worry about putting soil in until after you’ve potted your succulents, you can use rocks or pebbles to hold down echeverias while they become established in their new home.
As with many succulents, Echeveria shaviana needs to experience dormancy during late autumn and winter. This means that water and light will be reduced, as well as food intake.
During dormancy, it is important to keep your plant in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. If you live in an area where temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), reduce watering so that your plant does not freeze.
It is also recommended to bring your plant indoors for these months if possible. The soil should be kept moist at all times during dormancy; do not allow it to dry out completely or else you risk killing your plant!
Echeveria shaviana flower & fragrance
While Echeveria shaviana may look different, it is still an echeveria succulent. This plant will produce red and pink flowers in late summer and fall. The colors of these succulents do not fade when they are taken out of their natural environment, meaning they will continue to be vibrant even if they are grown indoors or without direct sunlight.
Echeveria Shaviana has a medium growth rate. Potted in a six-inch pot, it will grow to be roughly one foot tall within its first year of growth. In time, it will fill out its container and stretch toward sunlight. Echeveria has relatively shallow roots so they’re great for bonsai styling. The potted plant pictured was two years old when these pictures were taken; its current age is five years.
Echeveria Shaviana is considered not toxic to both pets and humans.