Echeveria elegans is more commonly known as a Mexican rose or Hens and Chicks. This plant originated in Mexico and was named in honor of a Mexican botanical artist. Mexican roses are perennial succulents known for their gray green or blue gray leaves. They resemble an artichoke and their long lasting flowers bloom pink, red and yellow in the spring and summer. These plants make excellent groundcover and also work well in containers. Hardy and drought tolerant, the Mexican rose is an excellent plant for dry, hot climates.
Prepare the soil by adding coarse sand and humus or mulched leaves; mix together. For container planting add a one inch layer of gravel on the bottom of the pot before putting in the soil. For outside planting rake in the potting soil where you will be planting. If the ground is hard packed add a layer of gravel before the soil to allow for better drainage.
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Place the plants in the soil about six inches apart. Cover the roots of the plants with the soil; pack down firmly. Plants grow approximately eight inches tall and spread out about twelve inches.
Water deeply and thoroughly with warm water. Water approximately every two to three days or whenever the top inch of soil is dry. If using containers be sure there is a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.
Fertilize twice a year, once in April and again in July. Use a water soluble fertilizer.
Plant in a rock garden, on slopes or in a dry wall.
Do not over water.