Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy' cristata
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Thanks to a rare mutation in the apical meristem, or growth center, of the plant, this crested version of ‘Topsy Turvy’ takes unique to the next level! Instead of forming rosettes, the curving, twisting leaves grow into a single flattened mass of pale blue, faint green, and gray, further enhanced by an iridescent layer of powdery farina.
Though its appearance is exceptionally exotic, ‘Topsy Turvy’ cristata requires the same care as its more typical cousin – though be sure to handle the plant with extra gentleness, to avoid breaking apart the mass of fleshy leaves. Bright light will ensure that ‘Topsy Turvy’ cristata reveals its richest coloration, while ample airflow and porous soil with adequate drainage will protect the plant against ills such as rot or pests. Be sure to water thoroughly but infrequently, providing another drink only once the soil has had a chance to completely dry throughout – and do not pour the water into the crest of leaves, instead watering the soil surface directly.
During the winter months, be sure to protect this unique plant from frost, which could cause permanent scarring.