Care Of Allegra Echeveria – How To Grow An Echeveria ‘Allegra’ Plant

Allegra Echeveria Plant on Wooden Table
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Allegra succulents, with bluish-green leaves and showy flowers, are some of the most sought-after echeverias. Available on several online succulent sites, you may find this plant in local nurseries that sell succulents as well. Described as having a ruffled appearance, the rosettes of this plant are bigger than those of some echeveria varieties.

Allegra Echeveria Growing Info

Learning about Echeveria ‘Allegra’ before growing it can help keep your plant happy and healthy. As with other succulent specimens, grow this plant in a gritty, well-draining soil. Amend your potting soil or make your own. It is simple, there are many instructions online and more information here. Allegra echeveria growing in containers and those planted in the ground need excellent drainage so water does not remain on the roots. Unlike traditional container plants, echeveria should be allowed to dry out completely before watering again. They do not need soil that retains water. Those of us accustomed to growing houseplants other than succulents must re-learn watering techniques for success when growing these plants, as they store water in their leaves. They can sometimes get the water they need just from high humidity. Always doublecheck the soil and the appearance of the echeveria ‘Allegra’ plant leaves before adding more water. Wrinkled, thinning leaves sometimes indicate it is time to water. Check the soil to make sure it is dry. When possible, irrigate with rainwater only. If you move your plants inside during winter, consider the conditions there. If you use heat and plants are hot and dry, they may need more water than when they were outside. Normally, we water succulents less in winter, but each situation will vary. As you get to know your plant, you’ll learn more about when to water it. It is always best to drench plants until water comes out of the drainage holes. Care of Allegra echeveria includes the right lighting, which is full morning sun. Afternoon sun in spring or autumn may be satisfactory for echeverias, but summer’s heat often damages the plant. Leaves can scald from sun that is too hot. Leaves remain on this plant for an extended time and don’t give the best appearance when scarred. Roots may be damaged from temperatures and sunshine that is too hot. Provide at least partial or dappled afternoon shade for echeverias in summer, especially those growing in the ground. Keep your Allegra succulents in top shape with a spring-time feeding. Most succulent soil mixes are not rich in nutrients. Give your plants a boost with a weak mix of a low nitrogen fertilizer. Most recommend using it at about one-quarter strength. You may also feed with a weak compost tea. This keeps plants healthy and better able to resist pests and disease.

Becca Badgett

Becca Badgett was a regular contributor to Gardening Know How for ten years. Co-author of the book How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden, Becca specializes in succulent and cactus gardening.