Echeveria Setosa Care

echeveria setosa

Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 12:54 am

Echeveria setosa is a colorful echeveria-type succulent native to Mexico. The leaves are green with pink, red, or orange markings and the flowers range from yellow to white. This echeveria does best in sandy soil with a lot of sun exposure but can do just fine on its own if it’s well watered once or twice per week – especially during winter months when watering might need to be done more often due to cold temperatures, shorter daylight hours and dry indoor air.

The Mexican firecracker echeveria (Erecta) is an excellent addition to your garden if you’re looking for something different than ordinary green foliage! This plant has beautiful red blossoms atop slender stems that will bring a burst of color to your garden or container.

The echeveria setosa is a more rare variety of echeverias. It grows in the mountains and requires much less water than most other varieties, making it an ideal plant to be grown indoors during the winter months. This echeveria produces tall stems that contain many flowers at the top – usually 25-50 blooms per stem! Echeveria setosa plants are best planted outdoors or on patios when they reach about 12 inches high so their roots don’t rot from being too moist all the time.

These echeverias will grow well within a container as long as you provide them with good drainage holes and do not overwater them. These plants need very little attention once established and will continue to grow for years, making echeveria setosa a very easy-care plant.

Echeveria setosa propagation

echeveria setosa

Echeveria setosa is a relatively easy echeveria to propagate from stem cuttings. Cut off the sides of your echeveria and place them in some soil or sand, with just enough space for them to get rooted. The bottom can be flushed against another echeveria if you want it glued there too (this will help prevent plant rot). Leave the top open so that air can reach all parts of the cutting while they root themselves and form new roots! You should see small signs of growth within two weeks depending on how hot it is where you live.

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If this doesn’t work, try using an organic rooting powder like one made by Cutting Edge Solutions when planting echeveria plants outside their soil. Make sure to space your plants at least three inches apart so that they have enough room for their roots!

Echeveria setosa care

echeveria setosa

Light requirements

Echeveria setosa is native to Mexico and can handle intense heat, but they do not like direct sunlight. They should be shaded in an area where it will get indirect light all day long – this is typically located on a north-facing wall that gets morning sun.

If you have echeverias outside of your home or office building with no access to shade from buildings, trees, fences, etc., then these plants need to receive protection during midday hours (approximately between 11:00 AM and 03:00 PM). This may mean bringing them inside for mid-day care until they acclimate enough to withstand the harsh conditions outdoors for longer periods of time.


Echeveria setosa is a succulent that can be grown in any type of soil. The plant prefers to have dry, well-drained soil and should not remain in the water for long periods of time. These plants need less frequent watering during the winter while they are dormant. Water echeverias with enough moisture to make them feel slightly damp but avoid getting their leaves wet as this will result in rot or other foliar diseases.

Never allow echeveria plant roots to sit in wet soil for an extended period of time, this can lead to root rot which is difficult to remedy once established. You should also never let them dry out completely as this may damage their delicate leaves and cause them to droop over time


echeveria setosa

Echeveria setosa is a succulent plant that thrives in dry, sunny conditions. It will be happiest outside during the summer months and can survive cold temperatures as low as 25 degrees F.

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These plants thrive best when they receive ample sunlight but will survive cold temperatures between 25 and 50 degrees F (depending on how long it stays inside).

If echeveria setosa is indoors for an extended period of time (e.g., winter), it may need to stay on a windowsill where it gets plenty of sunlight or other supplemental light sources such as fluorescent lights with cool white spectrum bulbs.


Echeveria setosa needs to be watered as needed. In general echeveria plants are drought resistant and will go a week or more without water depending on the amount of rainfall they receive.

Never allow echeveria plant roots to sit in wet soil for an extended period of time, this can lead to root rot which is difficult to remedy once established. You should also never let them dry out completely as this may damage their delicate leaves and cause them to droop over time.


echeveria setosa

Echeveria setosa thrives in soil with a healthy dose of organic material. You can fertilize them by watering them with a fertilizer solution (e.g., fish emulsion) or diluted manure tea once per month during the summer months, and every other week during the wintertime when they are indoors.

Echeveria plants prefer to be fed monthly for best growth but this is not mandatory as they will still survive while only getting occasional feedings like I just mentioned above.


Echeveria setosa can be kept in very humid environments with relative success. However, they are native to dry climates, and therefore they need plenty of air circulation around their leaves, or else the leaves may start getting mushy due to too much moisture trapped on them for extended periods of time.


Echeveria setosa will grow new leaves to replace old ones that droop and die off. You can prune them once every two months or so for best results – the more you prune, the bushier they will become in time.

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Growth rate

Echeveria setosa is a slow-growing plant and will only reach about 12 inches in height.


Echeverias like to be repotted every two years or so. You can use a commercial potting mix that is specially formulated for echeverias, you can also make your own echeveria soil if desired by combining equal parts of garden topsoil, sand, and perlite (perlite should not exceed 20 percent). If echeverias are in pots with drain holes, they will need water at least once a day during the summertime when outside temperatures get above 90 degrees F. If it’s indoors, then watering as needed should suffice.


Echeveria setosa is not toxic to animals or humans.

Pests and diseases

Echeverias are not prone to many pests or diseases. Treat them for mealybugs with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and apply neem oil when needed to avoid an infestation of spider mites, aphids, and other bugs.

If echeveria leaves start curling up at the edges, they may be suffering from overwatering or underwatering – see here on how to keep echeverias healthy during different seasons. If your echeveria plants develop brown spots, then you will need to remove any dead tissue before applying fungicide if the problem persists.

Once per year (in late summer), inspect echeverias for scale insects which are the plant’s most common pest.