How to Take Care of a Woolly Rose

Overview

Native to Mexico, woolly rose (Echeveria Doris Taylor) is one of the prettiest of all the low-growing succulents. Woolly rose echeveria is especially attractive because the fine white hairs covering the rosettes of plump, red-tipped leaves give the leaves a fuzzy appearance. Large, bright orange, spiky flowers will bloom during the summer, attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Woolly rose can be grown in the ground, or it can be grown in a patio container or as a houseplant, and once established will require very little care. Although woolly rose will tolerate light frosts, it won't survive climates with freezing winters.

Step 1

Plant woolly rose where it will be exposed to morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Woolly rose will grow in poor soil, as long as the soil drains well, but it won't survive in areas where rainwater pools for more than three or four hours. To grow woolly rose in a container, use a container with a drainage hole, and fill the container with potting soil for succulents or cactus.

Step 2

Water woolly rose sparingly beginning in early spring, and allow the soil to dry out between each watering. During the peak of summer heat, woolly rose will benefit from more frequent watering, but never allow the soil to become soggy, as woolly rose, like all succulents, is susceptible to root rot.

Step 3

Feed woolly rose every two to three weeks during spring and autumn, using a cactus or tomato fertilizer. During July, August and September woolly rose should only be fertilized once a month.

Things You'll Need

  • Container with drainage hole
  • Potting soil for cactus and succulents
  • Cactus or tomato fertilizer

References

  • Glenhirst Cactus Nursery: Echeverias For Everyone
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: Echeveria - Native to Mexico
  • University of California Botanical Gardens: Cabbages, Porcelain and Hens and Chickens
Keywords: woolly rose, echeveria, succulent

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.