How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Echeveria Agavoides

Echeveria agavoides is small, but packs a punch of color! Join gardening expert Rachel Garcia as she explains everything you need to grow and care for this succulent.

Caring for Echeveria agavoides

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Echeveria agavoides may be small, but it packs a powerful punch of color. Its triangular leaves are pale green with bright red tips. This contrast is an absolute eye-catcher!

The specific epithet agavoides was inspired by this plant’s agave-like appearance. It has almost no stem, and the leaves grow upwards before fanning out.

An average height of five inches makes this one of the shortest echeverias. It’s also low-maintenance and a great succulent for beginners.

Plant Overview

Echeveria Agavoides
Plant Type Succulent
Family Crassulaceae
Genus Echeveria
Species Echeveria agavoides
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Height 6″
Watering Requirements Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Succulent Mix

What is Wax Agave?

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In the summer Echeveria agavoides will bloom yellow or pink flowers.

Native to Mexico, USDA Zones 10-11 are best for this plant. Echeveria agavoides thrives in a warm and dry environment. It grows well in containers, perfect for areas where it needs to be brought in during cold weather.

In late spring and summer, mature wax echeverias grow pink and yellow flowers. These blooms grow on lanky stems four times the height of the plant.

The molded wax agave is usually a solitary rosette. It rarely grows offsets, so plant it with other succulents if you want a fuller look.

Varieties

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There are a variety of different Echeveria agavoides plants to choose from.

Because it’s commonly used to make hybrids, molded wax agave has many forms. Here are some of the most popular.

‘Prolifera’

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The ‘Prolifera’ in more likely to yield more offsets than the other Echeveria agavoide varieties.

Also called carpet echeveria, this succulent has full and tight rosettes. Its leaves are bright green with tips so light they’re more pink than red. ‘Prolifera’ grows offsets much more willingly than other E. agavoides, enabling it to spread out over time.

‘Maria’

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The ‘Maria’ can grow up to 14″ wide.

The green and red contrast boldly and beautifully in this form. The red tips often end up covering the entire top half of each leaf. This bright color also extends slightly down the leaf’s spine. The rosette of this form is larger than the basic Echeveria agavoides, growing up to 14 inches wide.

‘Lipstick’

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The ‘Lipstick’ stands out with its dark red rims and pointed leaves.

The lime green leaves of this plant indeed look like they’ve been lined in lipstick. Dark red rims the edges, adding a delicate touch to the whole rosette.

‘Ebony’

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The ‘Ebony’ variety has a creamy green color and distinct red tips.

While not black as the name implies, this is definitely a darker form of wax echeveria. The leaves are greyish green, giving the succulent a shadowy look. Instead of just tips, the whole edge of each leaf is bright red. This coloring gets darker towards the center of the rosette.

‘Aquamarine’

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The ‘Aquamarine’ has a chunkier leaf and the red only appears at the very tips of its leaves.

This form is only red on the very tips of the blue-green leaves. The rosette is extra chunky, giving this succulent cute personality.

Planting

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Be sure to plant your Echeveria agavoides in a planter with plenty of drainage holes and well-draining soil.

Planting Echeveria agavoides begins with selecting a suitable pot or garden spot that offers excellent drainage. Like other succulents, these plants are highly susceptible to rot and can’t sit in soggy soil.

Start with a shallow, wide container equipped with drainage holes, or choose a well-draining garden bed if planting outdoors. Use a succulent potting mix designed to provide the right balance of aeration and drainage. If you prefer to make your own, amend potting soil with coarse sand or perlite to improve drainage.

Gently remove the Echeveria agavoides from its current pot and replant, ensuring the root ball is level with the soil surface. Fill in around the roots with additional potting mix, lightly pressing down to remove air pockets.

If your potting mix is moist, wait a couple of days before watering. This gives the plant time to adjust to its new environment, preventing potential root damage.

How to Grow

In general, echeverias are tolerant plants. However, they will thrive only under conditions similar to their natural habitat.

Light

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Your Echeveria agavoides will need plenty of full sun in order to bring out their vibrant colors.

Molded wax agave needs full sun or partial shade. Full sun will bring out the brightest colors this plant has to offer, but they can tolerate areas with around four hours of direct sun per day. Avoid heavily shaded areas as this will impact shape and moisture levels, potentially leading to rot.

If grown indoors, this plant will be happiest in a south or west-facing window. Ensure there is nothing blocking the light source and rotate the container frequently to ensure all sides receive equal light exposure.

Water

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Wet leaves can cause rot and disease, so be sure to water your Echeveria agavoides at the roots.

Echeveria agavoides handles (and even depends on) drought. To keep it happy, use the soak-and-dry method. Give your succulent a deep drink and then let the soil dry out. Once dry, hold off on watering for a few more days.

Water your echeveria at the roots, keeping the leaves dry. This will prevent rot and disease. During the winter, water your plant less and keep it out of high humidity.

Soil

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A good quality succulent soil will be essential for your Echeveria agavoides to thrive.

Well-draining soil is essential for succulent success. There are numerous specialty soils made for succulents and cacti. It’s also easy to make your own. Mix one part potting soil with one part perlite or sand to ensure decent drainage.

The consistency of your soil needs to be loose enough to allow water to pass through quickly. Most importantly, make sure that your container has a drainage hole. If your wax agave is left sitting in water, it can develop root rot.

Temperature & Humidity

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Cooler temperatures will also help bring out the Echeveria agavoides natural colors.

Ideally, wax agave should be in cooler temperatures during the fall and winter. About 40-75°F (4-24°C) is preferred, though it tolerates light frost. The cool temperature may further saturate the colors of this echeveria.

Lower humidity levels are preferable for optimal growth. They can adapt to higher humidity environments, but you’ll need to keep an eye out for signs of disease.

Fertilizing

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Worm castings are a great way to fertilize your Echeveria agavoides plant.

Because they naturally grow in low-nutrient soil, succulents don’t require fertilizer. However, if your Echeveria agavoides is looking dull, you can give it a boost.

Use a half-strength liquid fertilizer on occasion during the spring and summer. Choose one that is balanced or low in nitrogen.

Worm castings are another option for upping the soil’s nutrients. While they’re fairly low nutritionally, the microbial population helps your plants absorb what’s already in the soil. You can top-dress around your plant with castings.

Maintenance

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Repot your Echeveria agavoides if you notice it is outgrowing its current container.

If you think your wax plant needs more space or some fresh soil, repotting is fast and easy. Your succulent will transplant best during the spring or summer. Let the soil dry out before you take your Echeveria agavoides out of its container.

Repot your plant in new, dry soil. Once planted, don’t water your wax plant for a few days. This will allow the roots to settle in and heal from any damage.

The only pruning wax agave needs is dead leaf removal. It’s normal for old leaves to wilt and fall off. If they’re still clinging onto the stem, gently remove them by hand. Throw away the dead leaves instead of leaving them on the soil. If left in the pot, they may invite pests.

Propagation

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They best way to propagate your Echeveria agavoides is by leaf cuttings.

The easiest way to propagate molded wax echeveria is by leaf cuttings. Select a healthy leaf and gently twist it off the stem. Take care that you remove the entire leaf so it will propagate correctly.

Let your cutting dry out for a few days. You’ll see the wound where it was taken off the stem callous over. Once dry, lay the cutting on top of well-draining soil. Mist it with water until roots grow and settle in the soil.

Common Problems

These succulents are considered low-maintenance, but you may encounter a few minor problems that are usually easy to solve.

Sunburn

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If left in the sun too long you may see some sunburning on your Echeveria agavoides leaves.

Succulents are vulnerable to sunburn if they’re suddenly moved into a bright location.

When relocating, move your Echeveria agavoides gradually so it can adjust to the sun. Alternatively, put it outside on a cloudy day so it will acclimate as the sun comes out. Before moving your plant, water it well so it won’t dry out.

Pests

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Mealybugs are attracted to the dead, fallen leaves in the soil, so removing them is crucial in preventing infestation.

Aphids are small, colorful, and hungry for succulent sap. Keep them away by ensuring your wax echeveria is dry. You can also apply diatomaceous earth to the soil and neem oil to the leaves. If you notice some aphids hanging out on your plant, use an insecticidal soap to eradicate them.

Mealybugs are most likely to show up if there are dead leaves lying on the soil. What starts as a good hiding spot turns into a permanent home for these pests. Keep them away by removing debris and preventing excess moisture.

Mealybugs can be identified by their nests, which are white and cottony. Also, the honeydew they secrete attracts ants. Remove infestations by washing the succulent leaves with insecticidal soap. You can also kill the insects one by one with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Use 70% or less to avoid damage to the leaves.

Diseases

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All succulents are prone to root rot caused by too much moisture.

The only disease you really need to worry about is root rot. Succulents are prone to this when they’re constantly wet. If not fixed, the rot can lead to bacterial infections.

Rotted sections of Echeveria agavoides will turn black or brown and mushy. Cut them away with a clean knife. Dig up the plant and remove rotted roots too. After all the rot is eliminated, let your succulent dry out for a few days. Only then should you plant it in new soil and continue watering.

You can also apply a fungicide after replanting. This will ensure that no bacteria remain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Echeveria agavoides safe for pets?

Yes, Echeveria agavoides is considered not toxic.

Why are the leaves of my Echeveria agavoides bleached?

They’re most likely sunburnt. Sadly, there’s nothing you can do to remove the damage besides wait for the leaves to grow out. To prevent further burn, move your succulent to a spot with less direct light.

My succulent grew a baby! What should I do with it?

That’s completely up to you. If you like the look of two succulents together, just let them be. If you’d rather have two separate plants, cut the pup from the parent plant. After letting both plants dry out for a few days, repot them in dry soil.

Final Thoughts

The unique shape and interesting colors of this species make it a must-have in any succulent collection. Once planted, they are easy to grow and ideal for beginners.

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