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  Echeveria runyonii cv. TOPSY TURVY CACTUS ART
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This is a very striking succulent in containers or in the landscape and is very easy to grow.

 

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The succulent whorl of leaves is born on the top

of a short stem banded by old leaves scars.


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Family: Crassulaceae

Scientific name:  Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Origin: This cultivar is a mutation originated in cultivation in California. The standard Echeveria runyonii is found natively in Mexico

Etymology: The genus Echeveria is named after the 18th century Spanish botanist Atanasio Echeverria Codoy.

Common English Names include:  Mexican hens and chicks plant.

There is also a crested form which is Echeveria runyonii cv. "Topsy-turvy" f. cristata which can be reproduced only vegetatively. Only a fragment of the crested shoot is is used for reproduction because leaves and normal shoots (non-crested) do not produce the crested trait.

NOTE: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is one of the true monstrous forms of Echeveria that 'breeds true' and won't revert back to it's natural form.
 

Description: This is an interesting leaf form of Echeveria runyonii, which is a pale blue to white-blue leaf Echeveria with normal shaped leaves. However, this 'Topsy Turvy' form is much more popular, so the 'regular' form is quite rare in cultivation. It is a profuse offesetter and can create large mounds of densely crowded plants up to 20 x 35 cm (height by width). Parent plants can get up to 25 cm across, but rarely do the offsets
Rosettes: Open and relatively untidy. The leaves are too narrow to form the perfect rosette usually expected in this genus.
Leaves: Up to 7,5 cm long by 2.5 cm across. Blue-green to silvery-grey often with pink tips, spatulate, strongly inversely keeled on the lower surface with leaf tips pointing inwards towards the center of the plant. This leaves are some of the most unique curling and twisting leaves among the Echeverias, looking as if they are turned inside out.
Flowers: Showy bright orange, apricot and pink on tall arching racemes
Blooming season: Usually in late Summer Autumn.
 

 



The plants bloom in the autumn with tall arching racemes of bright reddish orange flowers. They are very showy when in bloom.

 


 

Cultivation: it can tolerate sun to shade but - generally speaking - the more light a plant gets the better it will display its colours and shape. However, when moving plants from lower light conditions into full sun, be wary of sun scorch, most easily avoided by ensuring plants are well-watered before moving them on a cloudy day. They can tolerate extended dry periods and survive drought without the need for watering, but they will grow stronger if they receive adequate moisture during their growing season, ut never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged (root rot sensitive). Use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Slow release fertilisers with a low to moderate nitrogen content are adequate for the spring and summer growing seasons, and additional fertiliser applications would not required until spring. Good air movement is important for minimising pest and disease risks, and avoiding excessive humidity in cool winter conditions is important to successfully growing Echeveria in the nursery environment. It can tolerate light frosts, but it is best overwintered at 5-10 C.
With the cooler autumn temperatures tending to make their foliage colours become more intense than those of the active summer growing season.
Aphids like this plant (and all flowering Echeverias).

Propagation: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is usually propagated by removal of offset and by division of large clumps. Let the cut ends dry for overnight or up to a week before potting up. Some growers recommend planting immediately into dry growing media, watering only after roots form.

 

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