Blue Curls is a unique hybridised Echeveria, closely related to Echeveria ‘blue waves’ and Echeveria gibbiflora.
Crested succulents are developed when a genetic mutation forms during the early stages of it’s growth, where the growing point, or the crown of the plant develops in multiple places or along a “crest” of a stem instead of a “centre”, usually creating a beautiful and highly sought after “fan” like appearance. Such mutations in succulents cannot be propagated and are only naturally occurring, making crested succulents more rare than the non-crested varieties. Even though crested succulents possess a genetic mutation, they are equally as healthy and have long life spans just like non-crested succulents. In other words, they’re just like any other succulent, except they know how to have more fun!
Echeveria are native to Central and Southern America where they will thrive in hot and dry climates. These conditions can be replicated in Australian gardens by using a good quality potting soil, mixed with sand to create a well draining environment, and protecting your succulent from extreme cold weather and frost.
Echeveria typically love full sun, but in extreme conditions can become sunburned. this is easy to identify by the burnt or brown looking spots that appear on the leaves. An ideal location for your Echeveria would get plenty of morning to midday sun, but be shaded in the extreme heat of summer through the hottest parts of the day.
Echeveria enjoy dry soil and are susceptible to root and leaf rot. To ensure your succulent is healthy and thrives in your garden, leave your plant to completely dry out between deep watering. It is recommended to water your Echeveria in the morning so that sun can help dry out the crown of the plant as standing water is the leading cause for plant rot. Otherwise, a quick shake of your pot or firm blow can move the water along.