This succulent is a hybrid by Joyce Mueller from New South Wales, Australia. A seedling was found under an Echeveria 'Mexican Giant', but it is not known whether it was one of the parents. In any case, the inflorescence clearly shows the influence of Echeveria laui.
Echeveria 'Bambino' is a succulent that forms large rosettes of gray-green to blue-gray leaves tinged with pink. The surfaces of the leaves are covered with a powdery coating. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter, usually solitary or with few offsets with age. Flowers are bell-shaped, reddish-pink and appear on up to 16 inches (40 cm) long inflorescences, usually in summer.
How to Grow and Care for Echeveria 'Bambino'
Light: E. 'Bambino' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when your E. 'Bambino' is inside, put it near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Hardiness: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. E. 'Bambino' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b.
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering E. 'Bambino'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. During the winter months, water just enough to keep the plants from shriveling.
Fertilizing: E. 'Bambino' grows well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your E. 'Bambino', make sure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: Like all Echeverias, this succulent is usually propagated from leaves and offsets, but it can also be grown from stem cuttings and seeds. Spring is the best time to take cuttings and separate offsets. Sow the seeds in spring or summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Toxicity of Echeveria 'Bambino'
E. 'Bambino' is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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