How to Care for a Wooly Rose Succulent


No-fuss, no-muss succulents have fewer requirements than most houseplants, making them the perfect choice for busy people, especially those who are often away from home. Woolly rose, also known as echeveria, is an especially interesting succulent, with its clusters of plump leaves covered with fuzzy white hair.

Step 1

Put the woolly rose in a sunny spot, but move it away from the window on hot summer afternoons, or put it behind a sheer curtain to filter the sun's rays. The heat can become so intense it can burn the plant.

Step 2

Water woolly rose only when the soil is dry to the touch, and then water it until the water runs through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Never let the pot sit in water. Excess moisture will cause succulents to rot.

Step 3

Transplant woolly rose if needed, but it's best to keep it in a fairly small container. Use potting soil formulated especially for cactus and succulents, because it will have enough gritty, course material to promote good drainage.

Step 4

Fertilize woolly rose once in spring and once in summer, using a good-quality liquid houseplant fertilizer. Mix the fertilizer to only 1/4 of the strength indicated on the label.

Step 5

Check woolly rose for insects occasionally. Although cacti and succulents aren't attractive to most pests, they can be susceptible to mealy bugs, which hide on the bottom of the leaves or in the rosettes. Mealy bugs are easier to control if you spot them early. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently remove the mealy bugs from the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil formulated for cactus and succulents
  • Planting containers
  • Liquid houseplant fertilizer


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  • Caring for Cactus and Succulents

Who Can Help

  • Cactus & Succulent List
Keywords: woolly rose, succulents, mealy bugs

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.