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When it comes to the Echeveria genus, there are so many succulent plants you can choose from. But the Perle von Nurnberg is one to add to your garden collection. The plant shouts elegance with its spoon-shaped leaves that overlap the pristine rosette.
The colors intrigue a person with a blue-grayish lavender to pink tint. The leaves you see are delicately dusted with pruinose that looks like white powder. It is a beautiful succulent that will stand out in your rock garden, succulent collection, or indoors.
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Care
The Perle von Nurnberg Echeveria is a genuinely magnificent plant for all levels of landscaping. Caring for the succulent is a breeze and fun to look at. The best part is that while the Echeveria originates from Central America, this cultivar was created in Germany.
The creator Alfred Gräser paired the Echeveria elegans with the Echeveria gibbiflor Metallica to make this admiring plant we love in the 1930s. The pearly beauty queen also goes by the name Pearl of Nurnberg and displays yellow to pink flowers.
The best place to grow your PVN is in the USDA hardiness zones nine to eleven, as it needs a lot of sun exposure. In addition, it is a short succulent less than 1/2 a foot tall. Hence, it looks fabulous placed in eye-level spaces.
Another exciting thing about the Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg is that it looks fabulous in flower arrangements to wedding bouquets.
Echeveria Thrive in Well-Draining Soil
The Perle von Nurnberg succulent thrives in well-draining soil to keep it happy. Yet, she can get root rot or other fungal diseases when left to stand in the water. Hence, an ideal soil is a succulent soil mix that is gritty.
Thus, you can invest in a premade potting soil or custom-make one yourself. We recommend using a 1:1 ratio potting mix and adding sand, perlite, coconut fiber, rice hulls, and shredded bark.
The above soil provides air circulation around the roots while it retains moisture allowing excess water to drain freely through the drainage holes in the pot.
Light Requirements for Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg
Your Echeveria Perle von Nürnberg is a sun-loving plant that flourishes in full sun to partial shade. Hence, they need about six hours of bright light daily.
When grown indoors where no natural light is present, it helps to place your plant on an east or west-facing sunny windowsill to receive bright indirect sunlight. We do not recommend a south-facing window as your Echeveria succulent grows leggy when exposed to the constant sun.
When you notice the dense rosettes turning pale green, it is a sign that your small plant is not receiving enough light. Yet when you grow your Perle von Nurnberg succulents outdoors, provide them with some partial sun, not direct sunlight.
Your plant needs protection from the sun during the middle of the day or afternoon. The more sun your plant gets, it turns to a blush pink color. Another alternative when you do not have enough light indoors, you can use some grow lights to provide the proper light requirement.
How Often to Water Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg to Prevent Root Rot
You want to care for your Perle von Nurnberg succulents as succulent lovers. Luckily she is not too much maintenance when it comes to watering. The Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg is mildly drought tolerant, and the best is to let the soil completely dry before you water it deeply again.
More frequent watering will be needed during summer, with less in winter. The water requirement is about once a week, depending on the temperature and humidity. Furthermore, it helps to wet deeply without wetting the leaves and allows the water to run through at the bottom.
Then you can empty the catch saucer to prevent overwatering your plant.
Fertilizing Your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg
Your growing succulents do not need much feeding, but they can benefit from fertilization occasionally during the growing season in spring and summer.
An ideal feed is a balanced liquid fertilizer you can dilute to half-strength. Hence, feeding your Perle von Nurnberg once every few months is more than enough.
Temperature and Humidity Level Needs
The Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg is not a picky plant regarding humidity and temperature. Therefore, your plant can flourish in temperatures of 68°F – 80°F during the day.
And it can withstand temperatures during the night that drop to 50°F – 70°F. If temperatures drop below the latter, your plant stops growing and might drop some leaves.
Hence, your succulent plant is not cold-hardy against frost and is best brought indoors when temperatures drop to freezing.
Repotting and Pruning Your Evergreen Succulent
Your evergreen succulent is a slow-growing plant that seldom needs repotting. The ideal time to repot your succulent plant is when it outgrows the pot.
The Perle von Nurnberg succulent does well in small containers; you can repot them every couple of years to prevent damaging the delicate roots.
The best time to do this is in spring to early summer, placing them in an unglazed pot with enough drainage holes.
We recommend removing the old soil from your plants’ roots and providing them with fresh soil made for succulent plants.
After repotting, wait for a week before you water your Echeveria Perle von Nürnberg. Another great thing about this small evergreen succulent is that it does not need much pruning.
The only time you need to trim is to remove decaying or dead leaves and flowers. If your plant has grown leggy from the lack of sunlight, it helps to remove the top third of your plant.
During spring, your plant blooms on a slender stem displaying coral pink flowers looking fabulous in floral arrangements.
Once the bloom fades, we recommend removing it to prevent your plant from wasting energy on developing seed production and concentrating more on new growth.
Propagating Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg
While the Perle von Nurnberg is a beautiful succulent for wedding bouquets and flower arrangements, succulent lovers always want to have more than one of these plants. Hence, propagating your Perle von Nurnberg Echeveria is easy.
You can take a leaf from the mother plant by twisting the leaf off the stem. The best is to get the whole leaf without leaving anything behind for successful propagation. After removing some leaves, you can leave them to dry for a few days.
Once dry, you can put them on top of new soil for succulent plants. Then take a spray bottle to mist it with water. All that is needed is to keep the soil moist for new roots to develop. Once the roots extend into the soil, you can proceed with regular watering.
Here you follow the same process as the leaf-cutting, but instead of twisting them off, you slice the stem about an inch below the rosette. Then leave it to dry for a few days and stick it upright in some soil and mist.
If the parent plant grows offsets, you can also propagate it using the same technique as stem cuttings. Or you can leave the pups to grow some roots first before you use the division method.
You can plant them in regular potting soil with the amendments recommended in the soil section.
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Varieties
When you look at the Perle von Nurnberg succulent, only one more known species is found: a variegated version. The Echeveria Rainbow is a hybrid of the Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg .
It is a rare plant sought after by many succulent lovers with a bright pink center that changes to a creamish color. Then it also turns to a blue-green shade on the lower leaves. The colors vary throughout the seasons.
Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg Diseases and Pests
While your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg thrives in well-draining soil with bright light or some full sun to partial shade, it can still become the home of pests and diseases.
Some bug concerns are mealybugs that can suck out the life of your plant, leaving a cottony nest with a secreted honeydew attracting ants. Keeping your Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg dry helps not attract pests.
Another helpful solution is using neem oil every week sprayed over your plant. It helps to use insecticidal soap with severe infestations, washing the leaves gently or dabbing them with a q-tip soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Other insects that can become bothersome are aphids sucking all the juices out of your plant. To protect our PVN, it helps to apply diatomaceous earth in the soil or use neem oil. Lastly, the vine weevil is a flightless beetle in the pest department.
The bug chews on the leaves and makes them turn yellow, eventually wilting; the best is to remove the vine weevils manually at night. Another concern is fungal diseases like rotting of the roots when overwatering.
You can remove rotten sections that look black, brown, or even mushy when doing routine checks on your plant. The rotting starts typically at the roots working its way up the stem. The best procedure is to amputate.
You can remove bad parts and leave the succulents removed from the soil to dry out before repotting in fresh soil. If you need to cut away half of your plant, we recommend doing propagation instead using the healthy leaves or a solitary rosette.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Pearl of Nurnberg is a safe plant in the home and garden as it is not toxic to pets and humans.
If you see brown spots on your plant’s leaves, it can be from direct sun exposure leading to sunburn. We recommend moving your plant to partial sun to prevent direct exposure.
The succulent is a cross between the Echeveria elegans and Echeveria gibbiflora created by Richards Grassner during the 1930s. It is a popular evergreen succulent, and the parent plant comes from Mexico.
If you want to add new succulents to your living space or garden, the Pearl of Nurnberg is the most beautiful specimen to add to your collection. The Pearl of Nurnberg you can find at your local garden center or browse through Plantly’s collection to find one for your home.