Echeveria ‘Lola’ Information
The name ‘lola’ comes from Latin meaning little flower. The plant is native to South America, but it was introduced into the United States where it became popular because of its beauty and ease of growing. It’s easy to grow, requires no special soil or water conditions and produces large amounts of flowers each year. Its color ranges from pale pink to deep purple with white spots.
The plant grows up to 30 feet tall and wide. It’s very hardy and survives harsh winters.
The leaves are long, narrow and flat at the bottom. They have five leaflets along their length, which are all equal in size. The leaf blades are notched at the tip so they can easily be separated when cutting them off. There is one pair of petioles (leaf stalks) on either side of the stem near the base of the leaf blade.
These are thick and leathery and serve as support for the plant.
There are two main types of echeverias: Lilacs and Pinks. Both species produce flowers, but only one type is commonly called lilac or purple. The other variety is known as pinks or lavenders, although it does not show any purple blooms. Echeverias can be grown in full sun or partial shade depending upon what kind of light source they prefer to thrive best under.
History And Background Of Echeveria ‘Lola’
Echeveria ‘Lola’ was bred in the United States by hybridizers. The original cross was made in 1975 by Peter Hesse and Joy Waters. It is a hybrid of Echeveria gibbiflora and Echeveria runyonii. It was entered into the registry in 1987.
This plant is still relatively rare in cultivation. It is grown by specialty plant nurseries. There are no records of this plant being sold by large chain stores or big box stores. This plant can be propagated by leaf-cuttings and division.
It takes a few years before the cutting develops enough root systems to grow into a new individual plant.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ requires very little care and grows easily even in poor conditions. It grows best in partial sun to full sun. It can survive direct sunlight, but will look burnt and damaged if left in it all day. This plant does not ask for much when it comes to soil.
It can grow in sand, loam, clay or gravel. It can even survive growing in a container filled with nothing but gravel.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ can be grown outdoors year-round in USDA Hardiness Zones 8b and warmer. Otherwise, it should be grown indoors or in a greenhouse in cooler climates. It can survive frost and even occasional light snow, but extreme cold will damage or kill this plant. It can be grown in large containers and brought indoors during cold winter months to provide colorful foliage.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ is susceptible to white fly attacks if grown outdoors. White flies are small flying insects that lay eggs on the undersides of leaves. The eggs hatch and the larvae form into small maggots that feed on the plant’s sap. They also secrete a sticky material called honeydew (which looks like specks of cotton).
This honeydew serves as a home for a sooty mold fungus. The white flies are difficult to spot because they are very tiny and fly from leaf to leaf. The honeydew and sooty mold can easily be wiped off the leaves. If these insects are a major problem, the plants can be placed in a greenhouse or indoors where the flies cannot enter.
Another problem for Echeveria ‘Lola’ stems from an infestation of mealy bugs. Mealy bugs look like tiny pieces of cotton and they secret a white waxy substance. They tend to form around the plant’s stalks and on the leaf joints. They secret a sticky substance called honeydew (which looks like flecks of cotton) and this serves as a home for a sooty mold fungus.
The mealy bugs themselves look like small bits of white cotten and they move quite slowly. They are also somewhat easy to spot. If infestation is minor, they can be removed individually by hand or with the aid of a sharp blade, like a razor. If the infestation is major, the plants can be placed in a greenhouse or indoors where the insects cannot enter.
Another common problem for many species of cacti and succulents happens when the substrate does not dry out completely during the winter months. Cacti and succulents store water in their fleshy leaves, stems, and pads. If the substrate does not dry out, these organs become bloated and deformed and can even kill the plant. For this reason, cacti and succulents should be grown without any soil and with a very coarse substrate (like gravel).
The container should also be stored someplace where water cannot possibly get into it, like a bookshelf.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ can be propagated by separating offshoot/pups and replanting them. Pups are the stalks that grow from the mother plant. They can be removed with some effort. The pup should be separated from the mother plant by twisting it off at its base or carefully cutting around the base of the stalk with a sharp blade.
This should leave some roots attached to the pup. Place the stalks in a bowl and fill it with water. If the stalk floats, more roots need to be present, so repeat the process. Otherwise, the stalk is ready for replanting.
Place some media in a container and make a hole big enough for the stalk to fit in. Place the pup into the hole and fill it with media until only the top one or two leaves are showing. Overwatering is a common mistake when planting pups, so don’t water until the media has fully dried out. Repotting can be done periodically as the pups grow bigger and start to get cramped in their current container.
Echeveria ‘Lola’ can also be propagated via leaf cuttings. This is a common method of propagation for Aloe vera plants. The leaf cutting should include about 1/3 of the stem with the bottom quarter of the stem containing the veins. Cuttings can be planted directly into pots or media, or they can be placed into a bowl of water until roots begin to form (indicating that they have been separated successfully).
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