Plant Care Mexican Snowball

Mexican Snowball

4.5 out of 5 (483 experiences)

Mexican Snowball has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Mexican Snowball has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Mexican Snowball

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 elegans

Also known as

Pearl Echeveria, Pearl Echeveria, Hens and Chicks, White Mexican Rose, Mexican Gem, Succulent and Lone Star

How to care for Mexican Snowball


How often to water your Mexican Snowball

Water needs for Mexican Snowball
0.5 cups
every 12

Mexican Snowball 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 Mexican Snowball

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Pearl Echeveria in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mexican Snowball: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mexican Snowball love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Mexican Snowball does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Mexican Snowball

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mexican Snowball: 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 Mexican Snowball after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Mexican Snowball 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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Care Summary for Mexican Snowball

Mexican Snowball

Mexican Snowball

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

Mexican Snowball has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 290
Mexican Snowball has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 139
Mexican Snowball has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 132
Mexican Snowball has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 72
Mexican Snowball has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 53
Mexican Snowball has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 47
Mexican Snowball has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
@GoodyTaraire avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe West Palm Beach, FL

He is great indoors, in a freezing cold office. Have had him since Christmas Day. He’s absolutely adorable.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@mirandaaplanet avatar
leaf-1 119 Plants
xp 8,391 XP

super chill just give them lots of sun and a little water and just let it do it’s thing

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Lovinglearning avatar
leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 1,576 XP
globe Warwick, GA

I am in love with this plant. It can take the cold and hot and sure does love her sun! I have her in a pot with another plant and they get along great. U water her and just let her go. Only have to water every 2 weeks or so. She can handle being very dry.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Pegster avatar
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 28,341 XP
globe Powhatan, VA

This is a low maintenance succulent. It loves a sunny window.

Survivor Survivor
@NighaYang avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 70 XP
globe Hanoi, Hà Nội


@con avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 236 XP
globe Peterborough, England

the offspring echeveria are so cute <3

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Sarah avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 633 XP
globe Devon, England

Beautiful and easy to look after.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@dylan1stokes avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England

This plant is one of the easiest to propagate, and to keep the plant looking even you can rotate it every couple days

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Natae avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 167 XP
globe Adamstown Heights, New South Wales

Hard to take care of but still pretty

Browns easily Browns easily
@SuccyPlantOwner avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 212 XP

I got mine as a tiny baby from Walmart and it has doubled in size since I moved it to a slightly larger Bulbasaur planter. It is growing still and it is leaning out of the planter now. I love that it didn’t die when I transplanted it, my track record is bad.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
@Flowerpower0303 avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 121 XP
globe Tucson, AZ

They are easy to take care of and I probably shouldn’t say this but I would go weeks with out watering and it would be fine!

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
@MeganO avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 20,842 XP
globe Washington, DC

Succulent so just give it a lot of light and it will be happy.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@R_L15748 avatar
leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 15,430 XP

Not too much water.

@El.oh.el avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 311 XP

Easy to take care of

Survivor Survivor
@LetITdyeNoooo avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 889 XP
globe North Canton, OH

This is my friends plant that I am taking care of right now ! It’s so pretty and I would like to try to propitiate it so I can have one as well !! 10/10 would recommend to anyone who is starting out with taking care of plants

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Dagiraffe avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Mississauga, Ontario

It’s a good plant but for some reason browns really fast

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@MintyBobcat avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 656 XP

Such beautiful leaves and so many colours

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Cass avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Cold Lake, Alberta

If you drop it, don't worry it can regrow its roots.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Tamara avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 4,031 XP
globe Hartford, CT

I love the colors .. don’t need that much water

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