Echeveria morning beauty has crowded leaves rosette. This succulent also knows as Echeveria subsessilis. Annually the plant blooms with yellow-orange flowers. Like other succulents types, Echeveria Subsessilis care is minimum. You do not need to be an expert.
It needs the right soil mix, correct watering pattern, and bright light to thrive. Since Echeveria Morning Beauty is a semi-desert plant, it requires very little water to thrive.
Like other Echeveria succulents, it has lovely with a blue-gray powdery, waxy coating rosette. This powdery farina (epicuticular wax) helps the plant tolerate bright full sun and prevent sunburns. The well-grown plant diameter is 4 inches (10cm) and 8 inches in height.
Echeveria subsessilis thrive in full sun and develop its rosette more compact shape. This is a pet-safe succulent.
How to care for Echeveria’s Morning Beauty Succulent (Echeveria subsessilis)?
Echeveria Morning Beauty cares basic things are mixing correct soil ingredients, correct watering, choosing the right succulent pots, and providing bright light. These things are crucial to thriving Echeveria Morning Beauty.
The plant actively grows from spring to summer, and in winter, it gets dormant.
Soil mix for Echeveria Subsessilis.
Echeveria morning beauty soil mix should well drain and loosely. You have to change the potting mix according to the plant location. Indoor plants require loosely rocky well-aerated soil. Outdoor Echeveria morning beauty potting mix requires the use of moisture retain materials to reduce regular watering. The best DIY succulent soil mix should consist of 40% organic matter and 60% inorganic matter.
Indoor Echeveria morning beauty soil mix.
This soil recipe ensures well drainage and loosely sandy. In an indoor area, there is high moisture, so soil water evaporation is slow. Therefore soil mix should consist high amount of inorganic matter to reduce moisture. The ideal potting mix for Morning beauty succulent is
- Pine Bark 40% – Use 1/4 inch (6mm) lower-sized shredded barks – (3 parts).
- Sands 30% – Gritty mix, Coarse sand, Granite sands, Turface, Lava rock – (3 parts).
- Perlite, Pumice 30% – Either one material (3 parts).
Outdoor Echeveria Morning Beauty soil mix.
When growing Morning beauty succulent outdoor, it exposes higher temperature. Therefore soil water evaporation (waste) high. Unlike indoor succulent potting mix, we have to add more moisture-retaining materials.
- Potting mix 40% – Readymade succulent and cactus soil.
- Sands 30% – Gritty mix, Coarse sand, Granite sand, Turface, Lava rock (1/4 or 6mm size).
- Perlite, Pumice 30% – Either one material.
Succulents family plants require very little water and prefer dry conditions to thrive. Between two watering cycles, top to bottom potting soil is completely dry. When the plant potted on high moisture retain substrate, there is a high chance of Echeveria subsessilis root rot.
Like other semi-desert plants, your Morning Beauty succulent does not require regular watering. You can use a dry stick or moisture meter. Using this simple method, you can quickly identify succulent soil moisture levels and help to prevent overwatering and underwatering.
While you are watering, do not let touch the leaves, this can lead to succulent leaves rotting.
Watering technique. The soak and dry method good watering technique for Echeveria Morning Beauty succulents. Water is supplied from the top to the bottom of the pot in this method.
Another succulent watering system is using a squeezing bottle. Using this method, you can apply directly to the soil. It is more beneficial in winter.
If you notice your echeveria wrinkled leaves, it means your plant is thirsty; it likes to drink more water.
Overwatering can end up succulent leaves falling off and rotting roots.
It is a good idea to keep in mind that a potting soil mix does not make sense if your plant is not in a well-drained pot. Generally, Subsessilis succulent does not grow more than 4 inches wide. Echeveria plants do not have a larger root system.
Hence your Subsessilis succulent pot size should be 6 inches (15cm) max-width and 4 inches (10cm) deeper. That size recommendation is the well-developed aged plant.
For small and medium-sized plants about 3 or 4 inches (7cm to 10cm), wide shallow pots are the best containers. Alternatively, you can use a root bowl size to choose succulent pots. Around 2 inches larger than the root bowl is good for the majority of morning beauty succulents.
You can read more about my succulent container select guide for more details about the choose right material, correct size, etc.
Light Requirement for Morning Beauty.
Echeveria Morning Beauty succulents prefer full to partial sun. It needs around 6 hours of bright light. Thanks to its foilage waxy coating, it protects from sunburn. While Echeveria Subsessilis succulents receive bright sunlight, it develops a more compact rosette-like above image.
When the plant in low light, it gradually loses the compact rosette and makes succulent leggy. The Subsessilis succulent prefers morning sun rather than evening light. In winter Echeveria Morning Beauty require good supplementary bright light to thrive. A full-spectrum grow lights are a good solution.
When you are growing Echeveria Subsessilis indoors, you have to provide bright light. Therefore, it is necessary to provide artificial grow lights to maintain its compact rosette. Alternatively, you can move it to the windowsill to get some sunlight.
Echeveria Subsessilis is not a fully cold-hardy succulent. It can withstand 30°F or above temperature. If the outdoor temperature drops below 30°F, you have to grow it indoors.
Make sure that in winter, your outdoor temperature does not drop below 30°F. If it gets this cold, you have to move your pots indoors or greenhouse.
During the winter and fall, recommended to maintain a temperature above 65°F (18°C).
How To Propagate Echeveria subsessilis.
Like other succulents varieties, propagation can do it in several ways. You can get multiple Echeveria subsessilis plant either leaves, stem cuttings,
The best time to propagate Echeveria Morning Beauty succulent is summer. Since the plant gets dormant in winter, I do not recommend propagating in that period. There is less chance to succeed.
Leaves propagation: Simply twisting the leave from the stem. In here, you have to remove the leaf, sharp cut. Poor cuttings can result in not being able to sprout roots. Then let it leaves the air dry for two or three days. During the air dry, wounds will dry up and callus. Carefully lay down the leaves on a potting mix and spray water. Keep the potting mix wet until its roots sprout.
Stem Cuttings: When the Echeveria subsessilis gets matured, you can follow this propagation method. Using a sterilized sharp knife or scissor, carefully cut the stem.
Place the cuttings on a paper towel and air dry for 2 or 3 days and avoid direct or indirect sunlight and extreme heat. Once the cuttings heal, apply rooting hormone and plant on the directly succulent potting mix.
Division: When the plant getting matures over time, it develops small offsets around the stem. These offsets or pups can be used for multiple succulents. You have to select a well-grown healthy offset that develops a stable root system.
Carefully remove the offsets using a sterilized knife or scissor without damaging the roots. Now you need to set aside the offset and air dry to cuttings around 2 or 3 days. These days keep the pups in-room temperature and do not expose them to sunlight.
Once the cuttings dry and healed, you can plant them in a well-drain potting mix and water well. Move the plant shade place where there is no extreme heat or dry air.
You can read my detailed succulent propagation guide. This post includes everything about quickly multiplying your lovely succulent at home.
Succulents prefer less nutrient soil mix. You can apply balanced (N:P:K 10:10:10) liquid fertilizer every month. Alternatively, you can use slow-release balanced granular fertilizer once a year.
The best time to apply fertilizer is spring to early summer. These months the plant actively grows.
Annual repotting is not necessary for Echeveria subsessilis succulent. When the potting mix quality loses, you can replant them in new soil. Generally, subsessilis succulent repotting has to be done around 18 months to 24 months.
When repotting carefully remove old soil without damaging the roots. Then fill the pot with fresh well-drain succulent soil mix. You can refer to my succulent repotting guide for fuller detail about replanting and changing the old soil.