The Echeveria ‘Lola’ is a beautiful silver/gray succulent with lovely rosettes that can be up to 6 inches in diameter. A hardy grower in Zones 10,11,12, it also makes an excellent house plant. As I’m sure you know, we’ve had very heavy rains in California, and mudslides because of the bare hills damaged by fires last fall. Our home isn’t close to those more recent fires, therefore our hills are more stable. We consider ourselves very fortunate, and feel for those who lost homes, family and friends. I took the above photo on one of several trips outside in the rain to empty container plants of excess water. Succulents don’t do well in standing water, so I had to make sure they drained properly. I realize that this is a minor problem compared to what others have and are still going through.
Echeverias do not like water sitting on the rosette, so I brought my plant inside and dried the rosette with a paper towel. Below I include some simple instructions for proper care of the Echeveria ‘Lola’.
Light-This succulent is perfect for a sunny window. They like Lots of light and do well in full sun outdoors. Be cautious of direct afternoon summer sun depending where you live. They are lovely in rock gardens and containers.
Water-Never let water sit on the rosette and remove dead leaves from the base as it grows. Soil should be dry to the touch before watering. Careful watering and good light result in a healthy plant.
Fertilize-Starting in the spring, fertilize with mild liquid fertilizer every one to two weeks as needed.
Re potting-When your plant has outgrown its pot move it to a slightly larger one. Let soil dry and lift the plant out carefully. Gently tap out soil from roots and place plant in new container using succulent/cactus mix. .
Propagation-The mother plant produces offsets around the base, which can be removed and planted in well draining succulent/cactus mix. I like to make my own.
My Echeveria ‘Lola’ will flower soon, as you see in this last photo. Winter and spring are its blooming season. This will be the first time it’s flowered and I am waiting to see what color it will be. The blossom will be bell shaped and vary from yellow to coral pink. One of the best hints I can give you, is to keep a close eye on your plants and watch to see how they are doing with the care you are giving them. Do they look happy? Is their color good, Are they growing during the growing season? This may sound a little silly, but plants are alive and deserve to be treated well. I hope this post has been helpful, and perhaps you may want to have your own Echeveria ‘Lola’.