Plant Care Echeveria Secunda

Echeveria Secunda

4.4 out of 5 (33 experiences)

Echeveria Secunda has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Echeveria Secunda has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Echeveria Secunda

There are hundreds of plants belonging to the Echeveria genus, each with its own unique colors and patterns.The wild species are native to Central America and were named after the botanical illustrator Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy. They're super easy to grow as long as they get lots of sunlight. ☀️ They can be easily propagated by stem or leaf, making it easy to catch 'em all!


Echeveria secunda

Also known as

Blue Echeveria, Blue Echeveria, Old Hens and Chicks, Glaucous Echeveria, Echeveria pumila and Echeveria glauca

How to care for Echeveria Secunda

💦 Water

How often to water your Echeveria Secunda

Water needs for Echeveria Secunda
0.5 cups
every 12

Echeveria Secunda needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Echeveria Secunda

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Blue Echeveria in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Echeveria Secunda: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Echeveria Secunda love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Echeveria Secunda does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Echeveria Secunda in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Echeveria Secunda

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Echeveria Secunda: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Echeveria Secunda after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Echeveria Secunda is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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💦 Water Needs

Echeveria Secunda thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Echeveria Secunda requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Echeveria Secunda is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

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💨 Humidity

Echeveria Secunda enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

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🪴 Soil

Echeveria Secunda is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Blue Echeveria →

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💩 Fertilizer

Echeveria Secunda grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Blue Echeveria →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Echeveria Secunda to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Echeveria Secunda is native to Central and northern South America.

🌸 Flowers

Echeveria Secunda produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

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⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Echeveria Secunda grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Blue Echeveria →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Echeveria Secunda can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Blue Echeveria Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Echeveria Secunda can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Blue Echeveria →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Echeveria Secunda. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Echeveria Secunda

Echeveria Secunda

Echeveria Secunda

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Echeveria Secunda has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 20
Echeveria Secunda has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Echeveria Secunda has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Echeveria Secunda has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Echeveria Secunda has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Echeveria Secunda has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Echeveria Secunda has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Claire avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe West Dundee, IL

It’s a little hard to grow larger but very easy for a first plant.

Survivor Survivor
@Earthling.olive avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 602 XP

I like how echeverias look, but they are the most fussy plants I swear. Water too much? Dead. Water too little? Dead. Not enough light? Dead. Too much light? Dead. This one I’ve managed to keep alive for 2 years now, not sure how. It’s nice to look at though :)

Browns easily Browns easily
@heylen avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 204 XP
globe Miami, FL

I was gifted this plant when it was on the brink of death so maybe that’s why it’s given me problems ever since but after repotting him, his leaves started to grow and turn green again from originally being yellow and falling off.

Survivor Survivor
Hootie hoot avatar
@Hootie hoot
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 531 XP
globe Westerville, OH

Deceivingly tough plant to care for. Very high sun requirements - needs FULL sun. I live in Ohio where it is always overcast and I have had to add grow lights to supplement the lack of sun. Also do not try to fertilize if you don’t have an abundance of sun. I made that mistake and almost killed my babies. They are being rehabbed now.

@Succulentemie avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 144 XP

First time propagating and it was so easy!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
@jqkcy avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 23 XP

really really easy to take care of! ive had it for years and its one of my only plants! i typically water 1/4-1/3 cup of water every other week!! <3

@milesfinch avatar
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 1,032 XP
globe Philomath, OR

I kept it in a green house for about a year and completely forgot about it. It grew a lot so if you ignore it, it will thrive

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Koen avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 64 XP
globe Palmyra, PA

i have to dogs and they haven’t bugged this plant once! This plant has also survived for a while on its own in my house without water (i forgot i had the plant D:) so it’s highly recommended

Survivor Survivor
@Sunflower_Sam avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 2,766 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario

I love this plant, I have no idea what it is because there are pictures of it in every single category but it’s fine.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Jwimm avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 384 XP

Has a real mold gnat issue and leaves keep falling off, very fragile for a succulent

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@laurenashley avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 3,608 XP
globe Apopka, FL

So hard to figure out a good watering schedule at first, i lost a lot of leaves to overwatering, but once you do it’s fairly an easy plant.

Browns easily Browns easily
Eden avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 219 XP
globe Barrington, IL

These plants are super easy to take care of, and are almost impossible to kill! They can survive bright light or low light, and they only need to be watered every 2 months. 10/10 recommend for a beginner plant owner, or somebody who doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands to take care of plants, as this plant needs very little attention.

Survivor Survivor

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