As summer fades to fall, October brings a darker, more ominous feeling. A sense of spookiness clouds this month as Halloween approaches. Besides the changing of leaves, October isn’t a month of color. Our patented and trademarked Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) is the perfect succulent this month that will add a unique, peculiar feel to your container gardening or succulent pumpkin planter.
Compared to our ‘Neon Breakers’ (PPAF) I discussed last month, the ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) displays a faint, subtle color. It tends to stay a crisp lilac, but can transform into a soft baby pink if it takes in more sunlight. While most succulents have a dusty white powder all over their leaves, the ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) is left with a shimmery, frosty finish that glimmers with sunlight or dew. It’s as if someone sprinkled a fine, even layer of powdered sugar over the plant.
This hybridized succulent has very fun, distinct leaves that aren’t as common with other Echeverias. The ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) rosette forms as both symmetrical and concentric, with leaves that are fleshy, upturned, and tube-like. This succulent is best described as straight up funky!
In bloom, the ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) flowers are bursting with color. The leaves may become a bit pinker, but its flower takes the cake. Once fully bloomed, the flowers become a vivid coral-orange hue reaching between 1/3-1/2 inch in size.
It’s size is between 3.5”-5” in diameter. Once the plant has settled and has the proper environment to thrive, the ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) can reach anywhere between 6-10 inches. It prefers a dry climate and an environment that won’t reach chilling temperatures during the winter months. If you do live in an area that is either humid or snowy, take extra precautions when caring for your plant. This would include providing it a container that has impeccable drainage, a partially shaded area, and a plant cover if there’s consistent snowfall.
The ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) is hardy, tough, and thrives best as a container plant. Full sun is handled well, but filtered light and morning sun will bring out the best in your Echeveria. Of course, like most succulents, keep water to a minimum. Water the plant weekly, but water it well! This succulent does better as an outdoor plant rather than indoor since it can handle normal environmental stresses.
Succulents come in different sizes, shapes, and textures. Some plants are spiky and disfigured, while others are smooth and symmetrical. We love this month because succulents work perfectly for odd, interesting Halloween décor that you’d typically only put up for October. Don’t be beguiled. This month may come and go, but the Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost™’ (PPAF) is here to stay… In your container garden.