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Mexican Firecracker

Echeveria setosa

Echeveria setosaCRH by Cody Hough (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4cm

Max

35cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Mexican Firecracker Overview

Echeveria setosa is a fantastically fuzzy evergreen succulent species in the Crassulaceae family. It produces stemless rosettes of spoon-shaped green leaves covered densely with fine white hairs. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant, often grown in pots and moved indoors during cold winter months. Flowers are urn-shaped and coloured red and yellow, they appear from late spring and are arranged on 1-sided raceme structures. It has a mat-forming habit and is frost-tender, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a position of full sun to partial sun and well-draining, gritty soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Mexican Firecracker

How to harvest Mexican Firecracker

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Mexican Firecracker

Seed

Sow seed as soon as ripe into trays with free draining course, sandy seedling mix. Replant when they are big enough to handle.

Cuttings

Take leaf or stem cuttings in late spring, allow to dry out for a few days before placing onto a course, sandy mix. Can be propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Division

Special features of Mexican Firecracker

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots in a free draining, coarse, sandy potting mix and placed in a sunny position.

Drought resistant

The plants can go without water for extended periods of time.

Indoor plant

Plants can be moved indoors in colder climates for the winter months, place in a bright area where they can get some direct morning sun.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Mexican Firecracker

Indoor