Echeveria lilacina (Ghost echeveria) - 20 seeds
Echeveria lilacina (Ghost Echeveria or Mexican Hens and Chicks) is a very striking succulent in containers or the landscape, being nearly white. It is slow-growing and drought-tolerant Echeveria, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are silvery-grey, spoon-shaped, fleshy, and arranged in a symmetrical rosette, up to 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter. Flowers are pale pink or coral-colored. They emerge on small short arching racemes on
the top of reddish stems of about 6 inches (15 cm). The flowering period extends from later winter to early spring.
HOW TO GROW?
1. Sterilize substrate (3+ minutes in a microwave or 50 mins in the oven)
2. Planters should be about 1.5 inches deep. Fill a container with good draining soil. Good drainage is essential, 50% regular potting soil with 50% coarse sand, perlite, or pebbles (~0.15 inch)
3. Echeverias have tiny seeds that should not be covered with soil. They germinate best at 18-20 °C temperatures.
4. Equally Water the substrate with water - place a piece of a napkin on top of the substrate and slowly pour the water over it.
5. Let the container soak up water for 5 minutes. Leave the container to drain out the water surplus.
6. Spread the seeds over the substrate, leave some space between them.
7. Put the whole container into a zip bag to keep humidity
8. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight but provide them with light on some bright place.
9. The germination process usually starts within 4 days – 2 weeks
10. Start opening the container gradually so that the seedlings can get used to the new air conditions. Seedlings need some moisture, the substrate shouldn’t be dry, but don’t overwater. and they need an ample amount of light – but not direct sunlight
11. Repot them when you notice that seedlings are space-limited
12. Examine pots daily for fungus infection. Treat with fungicide if appears
Light: Full sun. Perfect for a sunny window.
Water: Water during the summer and spring, making sure drainage is immaculate. Reduce water in the winter to monthly.
Temperature: Prefers average summer temps (65ºF/18ºC – 70ºF/21ºC). In winter, cool to 50ºF/10ºC.
Soil: A well-drained succulent mix with an ideal pH of around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
Fertilizer: Feed with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at 1/4 strength on mature plants and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.