The Ramillette echeveria plant is also called Mexican hens and chicks, but don’t be misled. These aren’t your everyday hardy hens and chicks plants. These plants are only hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11 for year-round outdoor planting and growing. Keep reading to learn more about caring for a Ramillette echeveria plant.
Echeveria ‘Ramillette’ Info
Echeveria ‘Ramillette’ info indicates this is one of the hybrids that readily produce offsets. Ramillette succulents have the traditional echeveria rosette and pointy leaves with apple green color, tipped in red. Colors become more pronounced with bright sun and cooler temperatures. Summer and fall flowers are orange, tipped with shades of yellow.
You might grow them in containers, dig them in fall from ground beds, or expect to replace them next spring. If you have the capability of protecting them during winter, such as with row covers, expect growth to resume in spring.
While this variety must be protected from frost, it does enjoy the cooler temps of autumn before frost and freeze arrive. Take advantage of this short time frame to show it off outside. Before you bring your outdoor succulents inside, check for pests and refresh the soil. Treat for pests, if needed, with 50% to 70% alcohol or horticulture soap. Move them out of the sun before treating.
How to Grow an Echeveria ‘Ramillette’
Learning how to grow an Echeveria ‘Ramillette’ is simple, if you follow a few basic steps:
- Plant in a porous, sharp-draining soil.
- Limit watering.
- Provide appropriate lighting.
- Fertilize lightly, as needed.
- Remove dying leaves on the bottom.
Caring for Ramillette echeverias includes finding a sunny spot indoors for the colder months. You may also allow or force dormancy by placing them in a low-light situation in a cool area.
When outdoor temperatures reach a nighttime high in the upper 40’s F. (4 C.) next spring, begin acclimating the plants to their outdoor locations. Start with a couple hours of dappled morning sun and gradually increase from there. Try to keep Ramillette echeveria in a full morning sun spot.