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Echeveria setosa

Mexican Firecracker

This slow-growing Echeveria has green leaves that can be covered in small “hairs.” As it grows, it spreads out in mats of offsets. Watch for tall, red and yellow flowers in the Spring.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent – be careful not to over-water!

  • Grows up to 3″ (7.6 cm) tall

    Grows up to 12″ (30.5 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagate by offsets, leaves or stem cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic

  • Winter Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Echeveria setosa “Mexican Firecracker”

Echeveria setosa “Mexican Firecracker” grows well in an outdoor succulent garden. It grows slowly, but as it grows offsets, it spreads out.

Watering

Echeveria setosa “Mexican Firecracker” has typical watering needs for a succulent. Be sure to use the “soak and dry” method and only water when the soil is completely dry.

Where To Plant

“Mexican Firecracker” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun, but can also be grown indoors if given enough light.

Pairs well with

Echeveria agavoides “Lipstick Echeveria”

How to Propagate Echeveria setosa “Mexican Firecracker”

Echeveria setosa “Mexican Firecracker” can be propagated by offsets, leaves, or stem cuttings.

Offsets

“Mexican Firecracker” will produce offsets along a short stem. In the Spring, remove these using a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting in well-draining soil.

Leaves

When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.

Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.

Cuttings

If you are taking a stem cutting of “Mexican Firecracker,” use a sterile knife or sharp scissors and cut a tube from the base of the plant. Allow the cutting to dry for several days before placing in well-draining soil. Wait to water an additional day or two, and then water using the “soak and dry” method.

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