The Echeveria Cante [ech-eh-VER-ee-a kan-te] belongs to the genus Echeveria (Crassulaceae family) and considered a form of Echeveria subrigida. Tips on Echeveria plant care.
It was given the name of E. Cante in 1998 by the Cante institute and botanic garden in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
This flowering succulent plant is found in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, as well in the mountains between Sombrerete and Fresnillo.
Cante has several common names including:
- Echeveria White Cloud
- White Echeveria
- White Rose Echeveria
Caring For Echeveria Cante Plants
Size & Growth
The Echeveria cante grows up to 1′ – 2’ feet in width and around 6″ – 9” inches in length.
Its leaves sprout really wide making it look really pretty.
The inflorescences grow up erect to allow the plant to seed properly and get more sunshine.
These erect inflorescences look vibrant against its gray leaf bracts.
The leaves have a thick powdery whitish-lavender coating along the leaf margin.
Flowering and Fragrance
The Agave flowers come in various colors and beautiful blue-green leaves grow in solitary rosettes.
Yellow-orange flowers appear in the summer.
At other times, thick flower stems grow which produces bright pink flowers in the summer.
They are covered in whitish-lavender powdery coating and sometimes have a fine red edge which runs along the ridge of the leaf.
The flowers don’t have any distinct scent to them.
Light & Temperature
The white Echeveria is a very hardy plant, which thrives in USDA Hardiness zone 9-11.
It has a very high heat tolerance and will even persist through the hottest summers.
The cold tolerance of the plant is also pretty good from 20° – 25° degrees Fahrenheit (-7° – -4° C).
The plant needs light shade in southern regions.
If you are planting them in cooler climates along the coast it’s better to let them bathe in full sun.
At higher elevations, install a bright light to ensure they get plenty of light.
Watering and Feeding
The plant is drought-tolerant and it is better to water more during the spring and summer growing seasons.
However, it’s important to not keep the plant too wet or too dry.
- If the soil is too dry, it will begin to wither the plant’s roots.
- It’s vital to water the soil and not the rosette of the plant itself.
- Water until it begins to run out of the drainage holes.
- Repeat this a few times over the course of a few minutes.
- You won’t have to water the plant again until the soil dries out.
- The most common problems for the Echeveria plants are poor watering habits.
- Under and over-watering will cause plants to shrivel, wilt, or droop.
- You don’t need much fertilizer since they grow natively in low-nutrient soil.
- Adding fertilizer increases the risk of fertilizer burn.
- The plant will only benefit from occasional extra boosts, which is why you shouldn’t add fertilizer too often.
- Use a slow-release fertilizer at the start of spring or fertilize with a 1/4 strength liquid food monthly.
Soil & Transplanting
- Echeveria needs quick-draining soil to prevent root rot.
- Many growers prefer a succulent potting mix but a potting soil with added perlite will also work.
- The plant may need to be transplanted during the warmer seasons.
- Make sure the soil is dry before attempting to remove it.
- Gently remove the pot and knock away any old soil from the roots.
- Cuts should be treated with fungicide, allowed to dry and then planted in a new pot.
- Leave the plant alone for a week or so before watering lightly to avoid root rot.
Grooming and Maintenance
This evergreen succulent is really easy to grow as long as you are following some basic rules.
It’s important to never let water sit in the soil since it will cause the plant to rot.
Make sure the soil remains well-drained to prevent root rot.
The best option is to keep the plant a little dry in cooler weather to prevent root freeze.
Water-logged soils will cause the plant to die, which is why it is important to avoid overwatering.
You should remove the dead leaves at the bottom as the plant continues to grow.
How to Propagate White Cloud Echeveria
Echeveria Rose Cante is mostly propagated from seed and leaf cuttings.
The succulent doesn’t produce offsets regularly but sometimes plantlets do emerge from leaf cuttings.
Cante was the seed parent and Echeveria shaviana the pollen parent of Echeveria ‘Afterglow’.
White Echeveria Pest or Diseases
Dislodging or controlling aphids on succulents during the summer and spring season is vital.
Remove them with alcohol-soaked cotton swabs or a Neem oil spray.
Remove fallen leaves on the soil bed. These leaves are a haven for mealybugs and pests.
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Follow a strict watering schedule and provide plenty of light for growth.
The plant is susceptible to root rot if the soil isn’t well-drained.
Echeveria White Rose Uses
White rose is often grown along with other cactus and succulents in container gardens where they look great.
This beautiful succulent plant is also planted along rocky ledges and xeriscape gardens.
They are best planted near Sedum (stonecrop), Kalanchoe or Aloe plants since they colors contrast each other.