Echeveria Flower Guide

Echeverias are beautiful flowering succulents with tall flower stalks.

In this guide to echeveria flowers you’ll learn what to do if your echeveria plant isn’t blooming and I’ll answer some common questions about echeveria flowers.

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Echeverias are popular succulents that produce beautiful flowers that can be pink, orange, yellow, white or red.

The flower stalks, called inflorescences, grow from the center of the plant and can reach up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall.

Each flower stalk can have ten or more small flowers that open one after the other.

Here are some common questions about echeveria flowers:

When do echeverias bloom?

Most echeverias bloom from late spring until summer, but some varieties will bloom into the fall.

echeveria flower stalk

Why isn’t my echeveria blooming?

It can take up to four years or more for young echeveria plants to bloom for the first time so it may just be a matter of time before it begins to flower.

There are a few reasons why mature echeverias fail to bloom including:

Not enough sunlight

Echeverias flower best in a spot where they receive full sun throughout the day, so place your plant near a sunny window or a grow light if your home lacks natural light.

Echeverias planted outdoors will bloom best in a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day.

Overwatering

Like other succulents, echeverias are able to store water in their fleshy leaves so they don’t need to be watered as often as other houseplants.

Check to make sure that the top layer of soil has dried out before you water your echeverias.

Poor soil

Succulents need an easy draining potting mix to avoid the soil becoming waterlogged.

If you can’t find a specialty succulent soil mix, try adding some coarse sand and perlite to your potting mix.

Temperature 

Echeverias can tolerate a wide range of temperatures from 40 ℉ (-5 ℃) to 90 ℉ (32 ℃) but if the temperatures are too extreme the plants may not bloom. [1]

orange echeveria flower

Caring for echeveria flowers

When the flower stalk begins developing it’s a good time to start fertilizing your plant.

Use a fertilizer that is developed specifically for succulents like this one and feed the plant every month while it’s in bloom.

Aphids are annoying pests that are attracted to succulent flowers but you can get rid of them naturally by using a neem oil spray or a mixture of soap and water.

Collecting seed from echeveria flowers

If you’d like to collect seed from your echeverias you’ll need to place the plants outdoors for a couple of weeks to allow the bees to pollinate the flowers.

If your succulents stay indoors they won’t be pollinated naturally but you can do it yourself using a small paintbrush.

Gently dab the flowers with the paintbrush to pick up a small amount of pollen and transfer it to the other flowers.

Once the flowers begin to fade, cut them off and place them in a paper bag to dry out.

When the flowers are dry you can gently tap them to release the small seeds.

Do echeveria plants die after they bloom?

Echeverias will continue to bloom each year if the conditions are right and they receive good care.

pink echeveria flower

Do echeveria flowers need to be cut off?

Echeverias expend a lot of energy to grow and maintain the flowers so many people prefer to remove the flower stalks to make it easier on the plant.

I like to enjoy the blooms for at least a few weeks before cutting them off.

Using echeveria flowers in cut flower arrangements

Echeveria and other succulent flowers are ideal for long lasting floral arrangements.

Cut the flower stems near the base of the plant with sharp scissors or pruning shears.

If the stems are a bit droopy you can use florist’s wire to help them stand up straight.

Arrange the flowers in the vase and place it somewhere away from direct sunlight. (You don’t need to add water to the vase).

The flowers will last in the vase for a couple of weeks.

echeveria flower spike

So there is my guide to growing and caring for echeveria flowers. 

Echeveria succulents are low maintenance plants that only need minimal care and with the right conditions you can enjoy beautiful flowers each year.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin. I'm passionate about gardening and horticulture and I love growing just about everything including herbs, vegetables, flowers, succulents and indoor plants. I've been gardening most of my life and I created this blog to inspire beginner gardeners to create their own urban garden. Read more

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  1. Very informative guide. I’ve been growing echeveria succulents for years and it’s always a joy to see their beautiful tall flower stalks.

    1. Thanks Sandra, yes it’s exciting to see new echeveria flowers begin to appear.

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