Succulents are enjoying immense popularity as party favors, particularly as wedding take away gifts from the bride and groom. If you have been to a wedding lately you may have come away with an Echeveria ‘Arctic Ice’ succulent, but how do you care for your Arctic Ice echeveria?
What is an Arctic Ice Echeveria?
Succulents are the perfect starter plant for the novice gardener in that they require minimal care plus they come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes and colors. Succulent gardens are all the rage and for good reason.
Echeveria is a variety of succulent plant of which there are actually around 150 cultivated types and are native from Texas to Central America. Echeveria ‘Arctic Ice’ is actually a hybrid produced by Altman Plants.
All echeveria form thick, fleshy leaved rosettes and come in a variety of hues. Arctic Ice succulents, as the name suggests, have leaves that are either light blue or pastel green, reminiscent of arctic ice. This succulent blooms in the spring and summer.
Arctic Ice Echeveria Care
Echeveria succulents are slow growers that don’t usually grow beyond 12 inches (30 cm.) high and wide. Like other succulents, Arctic Ice prefers desert-like conditions but tolerates short periods of moisture as long as they are allowed to dry out prior to watering.
Arctic Ice is not tolerant of shade or frost and should be grown in full sun with well-draining soil. They are hardy to USDA zone 10. In temperate climates, this succulent tends to lose its lower leaves during winter months and become rather leggy.
If growing Arctic Ice succulents in a container, choose an unglazed clay pot that will allow water to evaporate. Water thoroughly and deeply when the soil is dry to the touch. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Mulch around the plant with sand or gravel to retard weeds and conserve moisture.
If the plant is potted and you live in a cooler region, over winter the plant indoors to prevent frost damage. Frost damage on echeveria results in scarring of the leaves or even death. Pinch off any damaged or dead leaves as needed.