Echeveria is one of the most popular succulent genera due to the gorgeous rosette leaf arrangement. There is also a great variety- these beautiful plants in a range of colours, sizes, leave shapes and growing habits.
In this article we are going to list our top fastest growing Echeverias that are also easy to grow
Echeveria Blue Atoll
Echeveria Blue Metal
We grow all of these plants in our small nursery and have chosen these particular species due to the growth rate and also their hardiness. By hardiness we mean the ability to withstand extreme temperatures, draught as well as not being susceptible to fungus or rot if it rains a lot. All of these Echeverias will need to be in a direct sun spot for at least 6 hours, for best results. We do not recommend growing any of these plants indoors for long periods, only for overwintering in countries with frost and snow or if they are going to live in a sun room.
To help Echeverias (and other succulents) grow fast, the pot will need to be upgraded and a bit of general purpose, slow release fertilizer sprinkled on top of the potting mix (which should have a bit of fertilizer of its own) every couple of months in the growing season. It is likely that these Echeverias will grow at a good rate even without the fertlizer, but if you want results super fast, it will help a great deal.
This must be the fastest growing Echeveria we have ever encountered and it certainly lives up to its name. The individual rosettes do not grow very big (only about 5-8cms) but they multiply at an incredibly fast pace. The original rosette will soon start growing at least 4 or more pups which will then start growing their own etc. etc. To add to the spread, the leaves are very fragile and can drop easily when the plant is touched, but every single leaf will become a new plant with its own pups.
Echeveria Prolifica is not only prolific, but also a very attractive plant. Its blueish, powdery leaves are small and pointy and have a pink hue when the temperatures are cooler.
In pots Echeveria Prolifica will soon fill the pot and spill out. In the ground it will keep multiplying indefinitely and can cover large areas. Bigger pot means bigger plant, faster. Once the roots have reached the limit of the pot, the growth will slow down, but once upgraded into a bigger one it will accelerate again. This applies to all the plants listed above.
Another amazing thing about this plant is that it’s very hardy and can happily grow in a range of environments. The best spot is morning sun-afternoon shade position, but it will also grow in full sun, filtered light and shaded spots (in shade it will not grow compact and colourful though).
Prolifica is not frost hardy and should be grown in the ground only if you live in a frost-free climate. Otherwise it will need to be protected in winter.
Echeveria Prolifica is also not susceptible to rot or fungal diseases and should be happy to live out in the open, even if it rains.
This fantastic plant grows large rosettes of 40cms across or more and also creates clumps. The powdery blue-green leaves have a permanent pink edge which intensifies in the cooler months. Some plants can produce about 10 offsets per year in the right conditions and if they have enough space. As long as the pot is upgraded once the roots get crowded, Echeveria Apus will grow fast.
In pots, make sure there is enough space and that good succulent potting mix is used. In the garden, ordinary soil can be used, though, if it’s improved upon by adding a bit of all-purpose potting mix, the plant will grow much quicker.
Echeveria Apus prefers a sunny position, but should be protected from heatwaves if in pots. Plants in the ground usually cope with high temperatures better.
This plant is not frost hardy and should be grown in pots in cold climates so it can be brought in in winter.
Another large growing Echeveria with pretty blue leaves and red tips in winter that can reach about 30 cms in diameter. As long as the pot is being upgraded, the growth will be fast. As with the plants above, Blue Atoll will grow fast in the ground too, but a bit of potting mix should be mixed in with the dirt, so it is airy and has more nutrients. This will accelerate the growth.
Echeveria Blue Atoll is also generous with its pups and can pop out anywhere between 3-10 (sometimes more) every year, depending on the age of the plant and space in the pot.
Unfortunately, it is also not frost hardy and will die if left out when temperatures plunge below zero.
The purplish colour and thick leaves of this pretty Echeveria are a bonus to the fast growing habit. To allow the plant to grow fast and to its full size (25+ cms) the pot will need to be upgraded often. In the ground, add a bit of potting mix so the soil is not too heavy. This will help immensely with the growth rate.
Echeveria Orion does not produce many pups- only about 4, if that, each year.
This plant is very hardy and will live through, heat, drought and rain.
The shiny, almost metallic leaves are a real highlight. They are blueish-purple in colour, though the colour will change with seasons. Blue Metal can grow big, to over 30cms in a fairly short time. As ever, for the plant to grow, the roots will need space and so a pot upgrade is required every few months, even more often in the growing season.
Echeveria Blue Metal is suitable for pots or garden, but beware of frost and snow. It can be left outdoors in quite low temperatures, but as soon as they start dropping below the freezing point, the plant will need to be protected or the water inside will freeze and rot the plant.
Full sun to part shade is the best position, but make sure the plant gets at least 6 hours of sun.
If you have a favourite, fast growing Echeveria, you can share with us in the comments. 🙂