How to Take Care of a Wooly Rose


Wooly rose is one of many varieties of echeveria plant native to Northwestern South America and Mexico. Although wooly rose and other echeverias are succulents, they aren't native to desert climates but prefer the higher altitudes and slightly cooler climates of USDA Zones 9 to 11. In cooler climates, wooly rose is an attractive, low-maintenance indoor plant. Wooly rose is so named for the rosette shape of the plant and the pale green leaves covered with white fuzz.

Wooly Rose Outdoors

Step 1

Plant wooly rose in full sunlight. If you live in a hot climate, the plant will benefit from morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Locate the plant in well-drained soil, as succulents are prone to rot in wet soil. If your soil doesn't drain well, build a raised bed or incorporate at least 6 inches of compost or peat moss into the soil to improve drainage.

Step 2

Water wooly rose only during drought conditions. Water sparingly so that the soil is just moist. Water again only when the soil is completely dry.

Step 3

Feed the plant every other month during spring and summer using a balanced granular or liquid fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer at half of the strength recommended on the label.

Wooly Rose Indoors

Step 1

Plant wooly rose in a container filled with a commercial potting mixture for cactus and succulents. Use a container with a drainage hole in the bottom, as succulents will rot quickly in poorly drained soil.

Step 2

Water wooly rose when the soil is completely dry and the leaves begin to look slightly withered, which indicates that they aren't filled with water. Water deeply and allow the excess water to drain completely through the bottom of the pot. Water the plant sparingly during the winter months and keep the soil just slightly damp.

Step 3

Place the plant in bright light. Wooly rose will do well in a sunny window, but avoid windows that get very hot on summer afternoons.

Step 4

Keep the plant in a warm room with average temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees F. During the winter months, temperatures should be about 10 degrees cooler.

Step 5

Fertilize wooly rose every other month from spring to summer, using a balanced liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Dilute the fertilizer solution to half the strength recommended on the label. Withhold fertilizer during the winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost or peat moss
  • Balanced granular or liquid fertilizer
  • Planting container with drainage hole
  • Commercial potting soil for cactus and succulents
  • Balanced liquid fertilize for indoor plants


  • University of Calfornia Irvine: The Lure of Echev
  • University of Minnesota: Cacti and Succulents
  • University of Illinois: Succulent Plants Indoors
Keywords: grow wooly rose, grow echeveria, grow succulents

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.