The Perle von Nurnberg flower is one of the most recognizable hybrid succulents in the Echeveria genus. This gorgeous, iconic succulent is popular all over the world. Perfect symmetry, wide, attractive leaves, and pretty lavender color make this plant extremely attractive. Let’s find out more about this amazing hybrid flower.
Description of the Hybrid Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg is a hybrid between Echeveria potosina and Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metallica’, created by Richard Graessner in Germany in the 1930s. It is popular with plant lovers due to its unique two-tone shade and harmonious flower sizes. Echeveria pearl has a moderate growth rate. Under ideal lighting conditions, this Echeveria hybrid can grow about 20 cm in diameter. The rosettes are voluminous, fleshy with pointed leaves. The leaves are colored from blue-green to pink, purple and red, and covered with thin white wax. During flowering, in summer, a peduncle with coral pink flowers grows on short stems. The Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg flowers are usually odorless.
Perle Von Nurnberg vs Purple Pearl
PVN is quite often confused with another variety of this plant, namely Echeveria purple pearl. The main difference is that the Echeveria purple pearl flower has a more intense purple color than Perle Von Nurnberg, but with a silver edging that makes it stand out from the Echeverias.
Types of Perle Von Nurnberg
In addition to the usual PVN and Echeveria purple pearls, there are some other equally beautiful options. If you want to diversify your collection of Echeveria, then we strongly recommend that you take a closer look at such types as ‘Variegated Perle von Nurnberg’, Echeveria ‘burgundy pearl’, Echeveria ’Rainbow’ or blue pearl succulent. Caring for them is quite simple and does not differ from caring for Perle von Nurnberg’s succulents.
Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg Care
Echeveria purple needs full or partial light for 4-6 hours daily. Such lighting provokes the appearance of the deepest colors that this succulent can offer. Place your Echeveria on a south window sill and use artificial light if needed.
The optimum soil composition for the Pearl of Nuremberg has a sandy texture. For planting, you can purchase ready-made succulent soil or make your own. To do this, take ordinary soil and add something stony to it, for example, Perlite, Sand, or even Coconut fiber. The ratio of ingredients in the soil mixture is 1:1.You can also add natural pumice to the soil to help drainage. Well-draining soil is essential for your Pearl of Nuremberg to grow without problems. If the plant is left in water, it would be susceptible to rotting and fungal diseases.
A hybrid succulent plant does not tolerate frost well, so try to keep it above freezing. Ideally, the ambient temperature should always be above 5 °C. Echeveria can grow well both indoors and outdoors, but only if you live in USDA zones 9 through 11. In cooler regions, you should grow them in containers, and take them out only in the summer. But in winter, bring them indoors in a bright place.
Humidity and Watering
Echeveria tolerates drought perfectly, but waterlogging, even a slight one, can instantly cause rotting of the roots. Therefore, make sure that the soil between waterings dries out to a third of the depth: dip your finger into the ground, and you may immediately understand whether you need to water or should you wait. Moreover, this rule is observed both in summer and in winter. The water must be at room temperature. Keep in mind that the succulent does not tolerate spraying: the rosette can rot even from a tiny droplet that gets inside.
You should prune Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg only when it has dead leaves. They usually fall off on their own, but they can be removed manually. Do not leave the leaves on the soil of the pot, as mealybugs like to hide there.
A succulent plant does not require frequent feeding: 1 feeding per month is enough for it. In the summer season, you can use special fertilizer for succulents or cacti. The main requirement: a sufficient amount of potassium and phosphorus, and a minimum of nitrogen. Excess nitrogen may cause the succulent to become soft, lose its elasticity and color, and begin to rot. Apply fertilizer only after abundant watering, in dry soil it would burn the roots. In winter, during the rest period, you should not feed it.
Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg Propagation
This Echeveria hybrid can be propagated by seed, leaf, and stem cuttings
Propagation by Rosettes (Stem Cuttings)
Take a cutting by cutting off the stem 3 cm below the rosette. When the base of the cut stem is dry, plant the rosette in fresh soil. You can check to see if it has sprouted roots by gently pulling on the rosette. If you feel resistance, then the flower has taken root. You can also use lateral shoots for reproduction, carefully separating them from the mother plant. The cultivation technique is the same as for rosettes.
The most problem-free option is leaf propagation. You need a healthy, strong leaf, preferably from the bottom of the plant. Dry it for 2-3 hours. Plant in the ground (2 parts soil, 1 part sand, and 1 mm perlite layer), pressing at an angle. Spray with water and cover the container with a transparent lid. Ventilate and moisten the ground daily, wash condensation from the walls. The temperature for growing is not lower than +25 degrees Celsius. Sprouts should appear around the leaf in 15-20 days. When the mother leaf dries up, transplant the plants into a separate pot.
Only a real fanatic of indoor floriculture can grow Echeveria from seeds because this method is the most laborious and long-lasting. However, there is an advantage: with leaves and rosettes, you can only grow the variety that you have at home, but if you want to see a new and exotic version of the plant, only seeds can help with this.
Good planting time is from late February to early March. If you want to admire a flower in winter, plant seeds in early autumn, however, the plant may lose its biological rhythm in this way and would be most susceptible to various diseases.
When choosing raw materials, pay special attention to the packaging time: seeds that are less than a year old would germinate best of all.
Any plastic container or wooden box of a suitable size can work as a container.
Carry out the procedure for disinfecting seed material by holding them in a weak solution of potassium permanganate for a day. This may reduce the risk of developing fungal diseases. Dry the seeds with a paper towel. Fold a thick sheet of paper in half, put the seeds inside, bring it to the container with the mixture and, lightly tapping on the sheet, pour the seeds. Sprinkle the seeds with sand on top (in a thin layer). Spray the ground from a spray bottle with warm, settled water, cover the container with plastic wrap or glass, and put it in a warm, illuminated place (with a temperature within + 20 to + 27 degrees Celsius), protected from drafts. Spray the soil a little every day and ventilate your greenhouse. When your plants reach 2-5 cm and at least one strong leaf appears on each one, transplant them in permanent pots or open ground. Be sure to heat the finished mixture in the oven (half an hour at 90 degrees Celsius) or steam it in a water bath.
Each of us tries to make our home as cozy and comfortable as possible. And indoor flowers, of course, play an important role in this matter. Echeveria not only decorates the house, but also saturates the air with oxygen, and is used as medicine and cosmetics. Provide this beautiful plant with proper care, and the atmosphere around you would always be full of positive energy!
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