Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Echeveria ID and Help!

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Dec 8, 2017 8:31 PM CST
So i'm new here but I was wondering if you all might help me ID my echeveria succulent, I can't remember for the life of me what kind it is and I'd love to know so I could attempt to give it better care. So here are some photos:

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And so the second part of this, the problem i'm having is I see spots have been appearing on the leaves of my succulent, and I was wondering if you all might help me figure out what they were from. So far from searching, I learned it could be from a watering problem, over watering, I think, but I'm very particular about when I water, and I tend to wait until the soil is pretty dry to then water, but here are some photos of the spots:

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The spots are quite tiny but I assure you they are there, thanks in advance!
Name: Baja
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Dec 10, 2017 6:04 PM CST


There are a couple of plants in the ballpark, but I'm not really sure what it is. Look at Echeveria colorata and E. chihuahensis, both of those tend to be bigger and have red tips in direct sun. I would think the plant might benefit from a bigger pot (maybe in spring, not a huge jump in size, and use fast draining soil). Not sure about the spots, it kinda looks like the natural powder dusting, made of starch, which gives the leaves their whitish brilliance.

At some point in the next year or two you probably will want to cut off the rosette and restart it as a short-stemmed cutting. As time passes your plant will grow taller and taller and in the process gradually lose vigor. This is part of the life cycle of Echeverias in cultivation, easy enough to handle as long as you're careful to allow the cutting to heal over properly for at least a week before you pot it up and then do not overwater immediately afterwards. While the cutting has no roots, it's unable to use the water, and when the soil stays moist there is a higher chance of rot.

Your approach to watering sounds good. To determine whether you're watering at the right frequency, check the moisture content of the soil at depth, and wait until it is dry down there before watering again. You can use a moisture meter or a bamboo chopstick or another tool to do this. Some people like to lift pots and judge by their weight. Whatever works for you.

This time of year, indoors, there is going to be much less light (in the northern hemisphere) so be sure to provide as much sun as possible. The more light you provide your plant, the less of a stem it will grow, and the longer it will be able to thrive before it starts to become top-heavy and require intervention.

More info here....

The Echeverias Database

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