Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’ appears to be a favorite this season, for sale on a few different sites. It is easy to see why it is often marked “sold out” in many places. Learn more about this interesting looking hybrid succulent in this article.
About Blue Elf Succulents
An intergeneric hybrid developed by the innovative growers at Altman Plants, Blue Elf succulents are one of the latest to hit the market but are by no means the only one they’ve developed. Beautiful and bountiful blooms are what gives this hybrid its cheery nickname of happy plant. Blooming multiple times per year, the flowers make it a showstopper. Teal-green leaves with pink to red tips, this small rosette forming plant usually reaches no more than 3 inches (8 cm.) across. Stress from cool autumn temperatures and a slight withholding of water force the tips to become a deep burgundy. Bright light or sun brings out more vibrant colors on this small cross between sedum and echeveria.
How to Grow Blue Elf Sedeveria
Blue Elf sedeveria care begins with planting in a fast-draining soil amended with perlite, pumice, or coarse sand. As with other crosses of this type, bright light and limited watering bring out the most vibrant colors. Aside from their cheerful and sporadic flowering, the ‘Happy Plant’ readily produces rambling clusters. Allow them to remain on the plant and fill out your display or remove them carefully for more plants in other containers. This popular hybrid, indeed, offers the best of all succulent features. When learning how to grow Blue Elf sedeveria, remember it needs to come inside before the chance of frost, but does benefit from the stress of cooler temperatures as summer wanes. Once indoors, place it in bright light or sun from a southern window. Avoid drafts around your indoor plants but do provide good air circulation from a fan. Limit watering even more when the plant is indoors in winter. Once back outside in the spring, use it as part of a sunny rock garden or other outdoor succulent display.
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