Plant Care Mexican Snowball

Mexican Snowball

4.5 out of 5 (426 experiences)

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

Also known as

Pearl Echeveria, Pearl Echeveria, Hens and Chicks, White Mexican Rose, Succulent, mexican snow ball, mexian gem/mexian snowball and echeveria


Echeveria elegans

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

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.

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 263
Mexican Snowball has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 130
Mexican Snowball has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 113
Mexican Snowball has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 87
Mexican Snowball has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 64
Mexican Snowball has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 47
Mexican Snowball has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 41
Mexican Snowball has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Tamara avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 353 XP
globe Hartford, Connecticut

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Hoogabooga avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Saint John, New Brunswick


Blooms easily Blooms easily
_gnomad avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 220 XP

Remington came from a grocery store, so of course better light conditions and plant food would make him bussin’. He’s grown about 3 inches from original base to curving stalk + 8 new leaves after 3 months. Be gentle in removing dead leaves, use a tweezer and nip it at the base of the stalk. This helps in continued growth to rest of the plant. I also use a dropper when watering day happens. 3-4 full pipette drops at the most. One through rinse once a month(slowly run water from surface till dripping through bottom). Plant food once a month to keep the growth spirts going.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Madalynst avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 122 XP
globe Boston, Massachusetts

You need to rotate it!! They only brown easily if you don’t rotate it regularly. I’ve never had bugs attracted to it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Abbalabbadingdong avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 141 XP

I got mine from Walmart for 2 dollars and she’s really grown since I got her. They’re pretty easy to take care of in my little bit of experience

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
E_k. avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 157 XP

bit boring

Survivor Survivor
Alisha avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 202 XP
globe Munno Para, South Australia

This is a great plant to buy someone that Is scared about killing a plant. Loves sun hardly needs to be watered. And look at it would be amazing in a funky pot. Bonus pet friendly 😊

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Jenifer avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Kent, Washington

I love her gorgeous leave and iridescent color

Survivor Survivor
Katesplanties avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 75 XP
globe Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Had for about a week and watered as said. It still started browning

Browns easily Browns easily
Plantmama98 avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 40 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario

He’s super easy to care for and doesn’t need a lot of attention or water to stay alive

Survivor Survivor
Positivpoppy avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 68 XP
globe Stanton Harcourt, England

Easy to keep but does brown easily

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Anna avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Melrose, Scotland

Easy to keep

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Blackshard1 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 163 XP

Good plant ☺️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Plantygal avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 57 XP

Have troubles with the leaves as they are fragile but overall an excellent plant !!!

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Aa-ron avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 XP

Make sure you have lots of sunlight but not too much water. Grows nicely and makes lots of baby plants.

Survivor Survivor
Chloe avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Luton, England

Super cute and hard to kill

Maytheplantsbewithyou avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 150 XP
globe Lake City, Florida

When I got it from Lowe’s I didn’t expect it to make it and was ready to do the walk of shame back in(it was the only red tipped and rather then watch it die I thought id try to save it) but within a few days and after trimming all the root rot off it was rooting and growing strong. Now two months in and it has just shot up in to a strong healthy little plant that I love to death.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Cw1234567890 avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 846 XP
globe Sandusky, Michigan

Forgot her on the patio for a month and she looks great

Survivor Survivor

Trending in your area

Similar to Mexican Snowball

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in