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Echeveria Topsy Turvy 101 - Basic Care Guide, Problems & Propagation


Welcome back! I’m Mark, and this is another Care Guide for Succulents. In this video, we’re gonna talk about Echeveria Topsy Turvy On this plant’s profile. I bought this around Oct. To Nov. Of 2020. I bought it at the market. It had roots and didn’t come from a box, but it came from Benguet On its background. This plant is a hybrid/cultivar of Echeveria runyonii. That plant has flat leaves, while this one has its leaves curved inwards or folded inwards, giving it a unique look. This is a stable mutation / Monstrose form of runyonii. Still, the leaf color and the flowers look the same on the 2 plants. I can say that this is an old cultivar in the market. As when I was starting. I often see it getting featured because of its cute, weird appearance. So this is no longer new. It’s already an old variety. On its shape, it has a tight rosette with leaves in shade of silver & gray and has thick farina that gives it its whitish, silvery color. It gets it’s tight rosette because it grows quite fast, so it easily gets a lot of leaves. With less light, this plant might get a more loosely shaped rosette. All around, this is a good plant for beginners. It’s very adaptable and not a sensitive plant. It’s not prone to dropping leaves. On its care, it needs a fast draining soil. If you have experience making your own and has a working formula for your succulents, then you can use that. If not, then you can start with 70% pumice + 30% organic materials like rice hull. On acclimating, this one, does it very easily. You might have a different experience, though, with unrooted cuttings of this, But mine adjusted well as it was rooted and I just had to replace its potting mix when I was repotting it. With those roots, it easily adjusted to my place. Should you receive unrooted plants? I can assure you it will root very easily. I often see photos of this growing lots of roots even while being air dried. But again, as the leaves are thin, it can shed some while it’s still producing roots. With light, give it 5-6 hours of direct sun to maintain its compact shape, like with this one. If you give it less sun, though, it will have a more open rosette. The leaves will move farther away from each other and the folding that they have will revert giving the leaves a more opened and flatter shape. It would be as if it’s going back to. Its original runyonii form. They do that as they need more light;. They open their leaves to have more surface to receive more light. If they already receive plenty of light, they will fold it in, so they’ll get less sun to protect them from the heat. With that adaptation, it can handle sun all day provided that they’re rooted in and established Sunburn. Won’t be a problem. It has a thick farina to protect it from the sun and it will only be more pronounced with direct light. With watering if the leaves are no longer firm to the touch, then it needs a drink. Also, if the potting mix is thoroughly dry. If it feels soft, but the soil is still wet. Then don’t water it yet. Wait a while until it’s fully dry before watering again. You might notice if it’s rooting that it will lose some leaves. In that case, don’t water it too often if it’s still moist. The plant is only using the leaves to make roots, but once it’s rooted in it will stop shedding leaves and will have new growth after watering. So don’t be alarmed. If it’s drying up, its bottom leaves after repotting. It’s normal for it. On the problems, this is a bit prone to mealybugs and to insect infestations. It might be hard to determine if it has any mealies as it has a tight shape that makes the nooks and crannies hard to see. Also, you’d want to avoid touching it to keep the farina pristine. So if it gets insects, use Starkle-G Place it on the soil and the plant will absorb it and will kill any insects that’s biting on it. Then, again to avoid problems, use a fast draining mix that won’t stay wet for too long and don’t keep it dry for too long cause. If your plant gets weak, it becomes more prone to pests. As it’s a common plant, you might think you can neglect it, also as it grows easily and is not sensitive, But if you do neglect it, it will easily get pests. So avoid that. Even if it’s a bit drought tolerant. Give it water if it really needs it. Don’t keep it dry for too long. On propagation, you can do it on this plant by leaf cuttings. Maybe if you have bigger, thicker leaves on your plant, not like this one. The plantlets might not grow much from a leaf cutting of this size, However, even without leaf cuttings, it’s normal for this plant to produce pups underneath it. I’ve seen a lot of topsy turvys with tons of clumping plantlets underneath it. I previously sold one and the buyer chose it as it had a ton of babies on it. This one is still young as I just had it repotted, but I expect it to produce pups very soon. Should you see it producing a clump? Don’t think that the babies are choking on each other. If you took them while they’re still small, they won’t grow as fast or root as fast as when they’re bigger. So I recommend you leave those pups clumping under there. They’ll adjust themselves. They could come out further to produce a bigger rosette to adjust themselves, but they won’t be choked down there. Just keep them connected to the mother plant so they can receive energy to produce growth. If you’ve had experience or problems with this plant have solved a problem of it or propagated it. Please comment it below. That way we can help beginners. Who want to try this plant? But if you liked this video, please hit the thumbs up below and subscribe. We’ll be discussing more plants soon on this. Care Guide series. For now, that’s it for this video and I’ll see you on the next bye.