Echeveria nodulosa care infographicEcheveria Nodulosa of the Crassulaceae family looks absolutely stunning as a houseplant owing to its unique foliage. Growing and propagating these Echeveria genus plants is also very straightforward and easy.

Continue reading our guide to find out more.

What Is Echeveria Nodulosa?

Echeveria Nodulosa is a beautiful succulent that only grows up to eight inches tall. It produces rosettes of leaves that are two inches long and 0.6 inches wide.

This succulent owes its popularity to its beautiful foliage, as each leaf is a deep green with vivid red markings giving it the classic ‘painted’ effect. In the summer, pale yellow Echeveria flowers with pinkish undertones bloom to give this succulent an extra charm.

Echeveria Nodulosa Care

In this section, we will provide guidelines for the care of Echeveria Nodulosa, straight from our experts. From light and soil requirements to the recommended temperature and humidity level, here is the toolkit you need!

LightLight Requirements

Continue reading below to find out where exactly to put your Nodulosa succulents so that they receive the right amount of photosynthetic energy.

  • Provide Moderate Light

Echeveria Nodulosa is a succulent that prefers moderately intense light for its proper growth and for achieving the right leaf colors. Its light requirements tend to vary depending on the time of the day.

Echeveria Nodulosa Provide Moderate Light

You should expose it to direct sunlight during the early morning and evening hours.

And then move it under indirect light during the harsher times of the day.

  • Placing Nodulosa Indoors

Echeveria Nodulosa can totally be grown as indoor plants. In order to ensure they get enough light, place them in a bright room near a window.

It can either be an eastern-facing window that receives direct morning sunlight or a western-facing window that receives direct evening light. This way, the plant is protected from the intense mid-day sun.

  • Placing Nodulosa Outdoors

When growing Nodulosa succulents outdoors in a garden, put them someplace where they receive only moderate sunlight. Better yet, place them under the shade of a larger tree or plant.

  • Sunburn Is Real

Your Nodulosa succulent will get sunburned if and when placed under too much bright light. This often happens with plants that receive harsh midday light or with indoor plants when they are suddenly exposed to direct light without acclimatizing them first.

WaterWater Requirements

Being succulents, Echeveria Nodulosa store water in their stems and leaves. You will have a very easy time watering them.

Read here for an easy step-by-step approach to watering them:

  1. Check to see if the soil of your plant is dry. Ideally, it should be dry at least halfway from the top. However, you shouldn’t let your soil sit dry for a very long time either.
  2. Put a pencil into the soil gently and then take it out to see how dry or moist your soil is.
  3. Pour water on the soil and not the rest of the plant parts. This can cause root rot to develop.
  4. Water thoroughly and slowly, allowing it time to drain out the drainage hole at the bottom.
  5. Also, remove the water collected in a pan at the bottom of the pot. Allowing your pot to sit on this water will also cause fungal infections and rot.

Some more watering tips you should follow:

  • Even during summertime, water Echeveria Nodulosa only once every few weeks.
  • During fall and winters, reduce water even more.
  • Echeveria leaves get spots when you let water stay on them for too long. Dirty and impure water also does the same.
  • If possible, use chemical and toxin-free water. Distilled water or clean rainwater work the best.

SoilSoil Requirements

  • Using quick-draining and aerated soil is the key here. Such soil allows water to flow out and not accumulate in it. It also allows the roots enough room to grow.

Soil Adjustment for Echeveria Nodulosa

  • The soil we have had success with the most is either cactus or succulent mix.
  • Adding pumice, vermiculite and soil will increase drainage even more. Adding a few pebbles works just as well.
  • The pH of your soil should be well-balanced. It should neither be too acidic nor too alkaline.


  • The ideal temperatures to grow Echeveria Nodulosa in are between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Succulents being desert plants can withstand some drop in temperature from day to night and from summer to winter.
  • However, temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit are not suitable for them.
  • If you live in a very cold region, always plant them in a pot and move it indoors under warmer climates.


  • Maintain humidity levels around 50 percent for the painted Echeveria plants.
  • If the humidity falls below this point, we suggest you start using a humidifier around your Echeveria houseplants.


  • Echeveria Nodulosa is not a plant that needs regular fertilizing.
  • You can fertilize them once a month using a cactus or succulent fertilizer.
  • Don’t forget to always dilute your fertilizer first. Dilution should be as much as one teaspoon of liquid fertilizer per quart of water.
  • Each time you fertilize your plant, follow it with watering so that all the excess gets washed out.
  • We prefer not using any fertilizer from fall till spring as it is really not necessary.

GroomingPruning And Grooming

  • The Echeveria Nodulosa painted fingers are a type of plant that does not demand a lot of grooming and care.
  • It will need pruning every two years or so. This would entail removing old leaves and stems that have turned yellow, brown, or black.
  • This way your Echeveria will keep on looking fresh and young. And old and dead leaves and stems won’t eat up unnecessary nutrients and water.


There are several methods of propagating Echeveria Nodulosa and each one is just as exciting as the next.

– Propagating Stem Cuttings

  1. Cut a healthy stem from the parent plant using a sharp, clean knife. Your stem cutting should have at least two leaf nodes.
  2. Make a shallow, horizontal cut under one node. This practice encourages root growth.
  3. Now place this cutting on a paper towel to dry and callous over one whole week.
  4. After a week, apply the rooting hormone and plant the cutting in a new pot filled with new soil.
  5. Place the pot in a brightly lit area. Water when the soil becomes dry. New roots and shoots will emerge in approximately four to six weeks.

– Propagating Leaf Cuttings

  1. The leaf you should choose from the plant should be healthy-looking and of an equal length and width.
  2. You can either cut it off the stem with a knife or twist it off. Our experts prefer the gently twisting off method.
  3. The leaf should be dried and then kept for two days or more until it becomes calloused.
  4. Plant this leaf in a new succulent or cactus potting mix under the right cultural conditions.
  5. You should water newly propagated plants a bit more than parent plants. Once the shoots emerge, however, you can shift to a larger pot and resume regular Echeveria watering habits.

– Gradually Acclimatize To Direct Sunlight

Newly propagated Echeveria Nodulosa plants should be placed in a well-lit area whether indoors or in a garden. But they should not be placed under direct sunlight. It is only when new shoots begin to emerge that you can gradually start exposing them to the light of higher intensity until they can tolerate full sun exposure.


Generally, the Echeveria Nodulosa painted lady plant is very low-maintenance and rarely presents any problem to its carers. However, some common mistakes committed by beginners and sometimes experts alike can cause it to suffer infections and infestations.

Echeveria nodulosa suffer infections and infestations

Learn what those are below:

– Mealybugs Infestation

  • This is the most common pest to affect the Nodulosa succulents.
  • They hide under the foliage, suck the sap out of stems and weaken the plant. Prolonged mealybug attacks also lead to the death of the plant.
  • Regularly check under leaves for any signs of these pests. You can then either physically remove them or use a pesticide spray to kill them.

– Spider Mites

  • Spider mites are another type of pests that might attack your Echeveria houseplants.
  • They chew on leaves and destroy the whole appearance of your succulents.
  • They are also the cause behind the spread of the Red Spider Mite Virus (RPMV). This virus causes brown spots and blotches to appear on your plant.
  • Again, Pesticide is your friend here.

– Aphids

  • You can tell your plant is suffering from an aphid infestation if it suffers from stunted growth and deformation of shape.
  • Aphids also transmit lace bugs which are actually responsible for the deformity suffered by them.

– Fungal Root Rot

This is the most common infection to affect succulents. And its cause is almost always overwatering. Fungal rot spreads very fast and needs to be addressed aggressively.

Here is how to deal with it in a step by step manner:

  1. Loosen the soil around your plant using a knife.
  2. Gently take the entire plant out of the pot and remove the soil from it.
  3. Inspect the roots and identify those that are infected. They will appear brown and mushy.
  4. Taking sharp scissors, cut these infected roots off. Also, remove infected leaves and stems.
  5. Discard the old soil and pot. In a new pot filled with fresh soil, repot the plant. No decayed or diseased tissue should remain at this point.
  6. Don’t water them at this point. Regularly apply a potent fungicide to get rid of any remaining infection.


Is healthy Echeveria Nodulosa color changing?

No, Echeveria nodulosa, also known as Painted Echeveria or Angel’s Pendant, does not typically undergo significant color changes. This succulent plant has distinct and consistent coloration patterns. The leaves of Echeveria nodulosa are typically green or bluish-green and are adorned with reddish-brown or maroon markings that resemble brushstrokes or spots. The leaf coloration is relatively stable and does not typically change dramatically over time. However, it’s worth noting that factors such as sunlight exposure and environmental conditions can influence the intensity of colors in succulent plants, so slight variations may occur.

How long does it take Echeveria Nodulosa to bloom?

Echeveria Nodulosa typically takes 2-3 years to mature and bloom, but this can vary based on growing conditions.

Does Echeveria Nodulosa thrive with coffee grounds?

While Echeveria Nodulosa can tolerate coffee grounds in small amounts, it’s best to avoid excessive use as it may lead to nutrient imbalances.


We bet you’re pretty confident about caring for this beautiful plant now.

Read below to find out the most important things to keep in mind about growing Echeveria Nodulosa.

  • Echeveria Nodulosa is a succulent known famously as the painted lady plant.
  • It can direct early morning and late evening sunlight. But for the rest of the day, it needs indirect light.
  • Water them only when the soil has dried up. Make sure that the water is directed towards the soil and not the plant itself.
  • Pot your plant in a well-draining soil such as cactus or succulent mix. Add perlite, pumice, or sand to increase drainage.
  • Keep your Nodulosa under warmer conditions. Average daily temperatures should be 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • They cannot tolerate very cold temperatures. Move them indoors in winters.
  • You can propagate them by stem or leaf cuttings.
  • Always allow the cuttings time to dry out and form calluses before you pot them for propagation.
  • Newly propagated Echeveria Nodulosa should not be exposed to direct sunlight right away. Instead, you should do so gradually.
  • Look out for mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. These are the pests that attack Nodulosa echeveria plants most often.
  • If you notice signs of fungal rot, deal with it right away by removing dead plant tissue and using fertilizer. Fungal rot is always caused by overwatering.

Echeveria Nodulosa, the painted lady plant, will elevate the look of any corner of your house where you place them. They are also super easy to look after.

Why not order some right away and give this succulent a chance?

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