It is a popular and considerate idea to gift wedding guests with a small token of appreciation for their attendance. One of the hottest gift ideas of late has been a small potted succulent. The ideal succulents for this purpose are Chroma echeveria plants. It might even be nice to include a small card with a description of what an Echeveria ‘Chroma’ is, growing Chroma echeveria and succulent care for your guests to take home with them.
What is Echeveria ‘Chroma’?
Chroma echeveria plants are hybrid succulents created in California. They are comprised of a small rosette of up to 3 inches (8 cm.) across, which makes them the perfect size for a take-away gift. Their diminutive size isn’t their only selling point; they also have lovely shiny, deep rose to maroon foliage that can complement the bridal party’s colors.
Echeveria ‘Chroma’ Info
From the Crassulaceae family, Chroma succulents are only cold hardy to 20 to 30 degrees F. (-7 to -1 C.), which means they can be successfully grown in USDA zones 9 through 11 outside. All other zones should grow Chroma as a houseplant.
The parent plant, Echeveria, is among one of the most colorful of the succulents. It can grow quite large with thick, brightly hued leaves. Hailing from Mexico and Central America, echeveria blooms with yellow, orange, red, or pink bell-shaped blossoms on long stems.
Chroma Succulent Care
Succulents are easy to grow as long as you don’t overwater them. Remember that succulents hold water in their thick fleshy leaves. Do not water them until the soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering can lead to rot of both leaves and roots.
When growing Chroma echeveria, use a succulent/cactus potting soil that is porous and well-draining. Be sure that the container has adequate drainage holes. Situate the succulent in an area with plenty of light.
As the lower leaves dies back, be sure to remove them, as they can be havens for pests such as mealybugs.
When the plant outgrows its pot, allow the soil to dry out and then gently remove the succulent. Remove any rotted or dead roots and leaves. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Then repot Chroma in a larger pot, spreading the roots out as you backfill with soil. Let the succulent stay dry for about a week and acclimate, then water it lightly as usual.