The delightful Echeveria Black Prince is a darkly-colored succulent plant featuring tight rosettes of fleshy leaves.
The genus “Echeveria” [ech-eh-VER-ee-a] includes a large variety of flowering plants native to the deserts of Mexico.
The ‘Black Prince’ is one of the more popular Echeveria plants in this genus. It is a hybrid or cross between Echeveria affinis and Echeveria shaviana (aka Mexican hen).
It’s perfect for indoor or outdoor growth and doesn’t require a lot of sunlight. It’s also commonly called Black Hens and Chicks.
Like most Echeveria succulent plants, it is a relatively easy plant to grow. Below are some care tips.
Echeveria Black Prince Care
Size and Growth
The Echeveria Black Prince isn’t a large plant. The plant grows to about 4″ to 10″ inches with an equal spread.
It is recommended for United States USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. If you live in a colder region, growing the plant indoors. It makes a great succulent for the window sill.
The dark-colored rosettes grow around a bright green center. Like most succulents, the leaves are thick and fleshy, which it uses for retaining water.
The dark foliage is a dark red or purple. In some cases, it’s almost a solid black color.
Flowering and Fragrance
The plant flowers in the late fall or early winter. Before the flowers arrive, you’ll notice stems reaching up from the center of the plant.
A cluster of scarlet or red flowers pops out of the stems and last through most of the winter.
Light and Temperature
When grown outdoors, place the ‘Black Prince’ in full sun or partial shade. It grows well in warm, dry regions, as it’s native to the deserts of Mexico.
When growing indoors, place your echeveria near a window that is free of drafts and gets plenty of sunlight.
Watering and Feeding
As you may expect, the black prince succulent is drought tolerant. You shouldn’t need to water frequently. In fact, overwatering will likely kill the plant.
The only time a plant may need more frequent watering is during its first year. Regular watering is needed for the plant to establish its root system.
Whether you grow your plant inside or outside, avoid excessive watering, especially in the winter. During the colder months watering once per month should be enough.
Soil and Transplanting
Echeverias grow best in well-drained soil with some extra sand. Use a soil mix designed for succulent plants or make your own.
Add sand to a regular potting soil to create the right environment.
Transplanting should not be needed, unless the plant outgrows it pot or needs to move to a new home.
It is a small succulent plant rarely growing more than 10″ inches.
However, if you’re tired of looking at the same container, you may decide to transplant it. Their shallow root system makes repotting these plants is easy.
After taking the plant out of the soil, wait one full day before placing it in its new home. This allows the roots to heal a little bit before pushing the roots into soil in the new pot.
Avoid overwatering immediately after transplanting. It should slowly get used to its new pot.
Maintenance and Grooming
Grooming isn’t needed with proper echeveria care. As the plant grows remove dead leaves.
If you detect rotting leaves due to overwatering, cut them off the plant and reduce your watering.
How to Propagate Black Prince Echeveria
Propagating the Echeveria Black Prince from clippings isn’t difficult. Cut a stem clipping from close to the root of the plant.
Allow the leaf cutting to dry for several days and then place it in its own pot. When the leaf sprouts roots, place your new echeveria in its permanent home.
It doesn’t need much care, but make sure the plants get at least four hours of full sun.
You should also skip watering the cutting for a bit. The Black Prince succulent plant doesn’t need a lot of water, especially when propagating or transplanting.
Lightly mist the soil using a spray bottle. This little bit of moisture should be more than enough to keep the plant healthy.
Black Prince Pests or Disease Problems
The Echeveria Black Prince is mostly disease free. This hardy plant doesn’t have any significant pest problems.
However, you should still watch for the common threats, such as aphids, mealybugs, and vine weevils. Remove these critters with soapy water, alcohol or Neem oil.
Add the water and soap mixture to a spray bottle and lightly spray the leaves. You may also use a cotton ball to help with the removal process.
Suggested Uses For Prince Echeveria
The Echeveria Black Prince is the perfect choice for a rock garden, succulent garden or a window sill.
It offers a distinct look and plenty of color. Pair it with bright green succulents in a container garden to contrast the deep reddish or deep purplish color of the Echeveria.
In the window sill, your Echeveria can help brighten up any room.