The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”, or known as the Pearl of Nurnberg, is a beautiful dusty colored succulent that is perfect for any and all levels from gardeners and beginners to pros.
However, it is hard to find the best answers to grow your Perle Von Nurnberg. The information online was either incomplete or in some cases we found stuff that was actually incorrect.
So, we have compiled the information you need to know and the most frequently asked questions online to allow you to properly take care of your Echeveria Perle Von Nurnberg and watch it thrive into the beautiful succulent that it can be.
What Is The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”?
The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” is a species of succulent from the Echeveria genus of the Crassulaceae family.
This plant is generally rosette colored with a mix of dusty pink and blue with a hint of purple hue around the edges of the leaves, the plant can grow 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide and thrives best in bright indirect sunlight.
Although the Echeveria genus is native to Mexico, this beautiful plant is said to be a hybrid from crossing an Echeveria Gibbiflora native to Mexico and Echeveria Elegans that originated from Germany.
What Is The Common Name Of The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”?
The common name for the Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” is “Pearl of Nurnberg” or as it is commonly referred to in German, “Perle Von Nurnberg”.
The Echeveria genus was named after the botanical illustrator Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy.
The hybrid that is the plant is said to have originated from Germany, but some of the literature tracking its lineage is a little inaccurate at best.
“Perle Von Nurnberg”, or the “Pearl of Nurnberg” along with its discoverer’s identity also refers to the plant’s shiny leaves resembling a pearl.
History Of The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”
The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” is a hybrid of the Echeveria. Gibbiflora and Echeveria. Elegans from Germany. This aesthetically pleasing succulent was crossbred by Alfred Gräser in the 1930s.
One can assume that the succulent originated from Nuremberg, Germany from its literal translation of “Pearl Of Nurnberg”, however, the literature surrounding its lineage is a little spotty, so this might or might not be accurate.
How To Grow An Pearl of Nurnberg?
This little succulent is not hard to take care of and grow, it’s one of the best and easiest succulent for beginner gardeners or people who just want to do some light gardening without all the hassles of having to tend to needy plants requiring lots of care.
A well-drained sandy soil is perfect for your Perle Von Nurnberg. With the right soil and a pot that has great drainage you will have the perfect pair to create an anti-overwatering combo.
It’s important that your soil and pot are set up for drainage because it helps prevent rotting and fungal diseases that generally happen at the base of the succulent.
You don’t have to give fertilizer to your succulent since it’s not required for its growth and care. However, if you’d like to give it some extra nutrients, you can give it a balanced or low nitrogen succulent or cactus liquid fertilizer during its growing period in the summer.
A diluted fish fertilizer works well if you’d like to avoid the chemical fertilizers because you have small children or pets that might get into it.
As with most succulents, the best method of watering your succulent is the ‘soak and dry’ method where you only water your plant once the soil feels bone dry.
You should cut down on how often you water the plant during the winter during its dormant period. The succulent won’t use all the water and it will cause root rot and possibly attract mealy bugs to feed on it as well.
Partial to full sun and or bright indirect light is good for your plants growth and keeping its pearly color. Placing your plant in bright shade is just enough to have it grow and thrive.
However, if you notice your plant stretching, it means that it’s not getting enough light and you should put it into an area that gets just a bit more sun, but not too much more.
Monitor your plant to be sure your succulent doesn’t have brown spots on its leaves, if it does, it is getting sunburned and needs to be placed into an area that has less direct light but still has bright indirect light.
Ideal temperatures for the succulent are anything above 40°F (4.4°C). This succulent is not cold or frost tolerant, but it can survive a maximum cold exposure of 30°F (-1.1°C), although it may still incur some damage at that temperature level.
This plant grows best outdoors, but if where you live tends to get below 30°F (-1.1°C), it’s best to bring it indoors until the temperature warms again outside.
What Is The Best Soil For The Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”?
The best soil for your Perle Von Nurnberg is a well-draining soil with a mix of 50 percent coarse sand and 50 percent potting soil in a pot that provides great drainage.
The pot should be of a type that does not allow standing water in its bottom or this can lead to root rot for your succulent.
How Much Light Should My Pearl of Nurnberg Be Exposed To?
You should allow your plant to get partial but not full sun. Indirect light, such as putting it under some bright shade is best if you choose to grow your Perle Von Nurnberg outdoors.
If you notice your succulent starting to stretch out towards sunlight, it means that it’s not getting enough light and you should move it out into shade that let’s though a bit more sun.
Brown spots on the succulent’s leaves indicate that it’s getting sunburned and needs to be moved out of the sun into some darker indirect shade.
How Often Should I Water My Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”?
You should use the ‘dry and soak’ method as the best way to know how often you should water your succulent.
Then, allow the soil to soak it all up and become bone dry before you water it again.
Also, an important note when watering your succulent, water around the succulent’s leaves and not directly on top of the leaves, this will help prevent the plant from holding water and rotting.
How Much Fertilizer Should I Give My Echeveria Pearl of Nurnberg?
The Perle Von Nurnberg does not need fertilizer as a regular element to its care and growth. However, if you want to give it some extra nutrients, you can apply some cactus, succulent, balanced, or low nitrogen liquid fertilizer during its growing period in the summer.
If you’d like to stay all natural you can use a diluted fish-based fertilizer diluted into water at the prescribed amount listed on that products packaging.
How To Propagate My Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg”?
You can propagate your Perle Von Nurnberg one of three ways: cuttings, leaves, or beheading (if you’re feeling a little medieval… Just kidding).
For cuttings, you use a sterilized cutting tool like a knife or scissors and cut out a leaf from the main plant. Let the freshly cut leaf callouses over the next day or two before you start to plant it into a new pot of well-drained soil.
Place your leaf on top of the soil with the cut end just stuck in the soil about and eight of an inch and water it only after the soil feels bone dry.
From leaves, gently twist and pull a leaf from the main plant and make sure it’s a clean pull where there’s no part of the leaf left on the stem. Let the leaf callous over for the next day or two before putting it into some well-drained soil and watering it only when that watering feels bone dry.
For beheadings, cut 2 to 3 inches off of the top of the succulent with a sterilized cutting tool, preferable scissors, with enough stem on the bottom of the cut for you to plant it and allow for it to grow roots.
Allow for the beheaded plant and your freshly cut top to callouses over the next day or two before putting it in some well-drained soil and starting to water it.
Are These Succulents Seasonal?
Yes, the Perle Von Nurnberg is seasonal. The succulent blooms in the summer with beautiful pink flowers with yellow interiors.
Are Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” Poisonous To Pets?
The Perle Von Nurnberg is non-toxic to humans and pets.
Why Is My Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” Dying?
Your Perle Von Nurnberg is most likely dying from not getting enough sunlight. Partial shaded sunlight or indirect light is important for your succulent to grow, bloom, and thrive.
Signs that your succulent is dying are that the leaves and the plant turning brown or even though it’s a milder case, it is stretching out into the direction of sunlight.
Just make sure to give your succulent plenty of light, but don’t put your plant out into direct sunlight for too long for it can get sunburned. Put your succulent in some bright shade and your plant will be happily growing from there.
Why Are My Pearl of Nurnberg leaves falling off?
Your Perle Von Nurnberg’s leaves are falling off from overwatering. Giving your succulent too much water has been one of the top causes of death for all succulents.
Use the ‘dry and soak’ method for your plant, check the soil if it’s bone dry and then water it if it feels like it needs water.
Don’t water your plant too often, your succulent will lose leaves, rot and possibly die. Remember, most succulents are from arid climates, they are well adapted at holding water in their leaves, hence the name succulent.
Are Echeveria “Perle Von Nurnberg” Indoor Or Outdoor Plants?
The Perle Von Nurnberg is an indoor and outdoor plant, but it is best suited for the outdoors and grows better. Giving care for an outdoor Perle Von Nurnberg does not change from the same care you would give it if it was indoors.
However, if where you live tends to get below 30°F (-1.1°C), bring it indoors to prevent it from freezing because the plant is not cold or frost tolerant at all.
What Pests Are Common For The Echeveria Pearl of Nurnberg?
The most common pests for the Perle Von Nurnberg are aphids, mealybugs and vine weevils.
Amphids can be detected by curled, wrinkling or yellow leaves. They can be found on stems of plants and under leaves.
To get rid of them you can use insecticide or soapy water by spraying it directly onto the leaves, you can also sure rubbing alcohol or employing natural predators like ladybugs, green lacewings or birds.
Mealybugs are most easily detected by a fluffy white substance on your leaves’ axils or sheltered places on the plant. You can get rid of them by spraying soapy water or using neem oil on the leaves.
Vine weevils eat the leaves of your succulent. You can get rid of them by using natural nematodes, tiny parasitic worms that feed on vine weevil larvae. There is an insecticide specifically for them or you can also drown them with water.
The water drowning technique is not one that we would recommend as it may damage your plant. It does work, so we list it, but don’t recommend it.
What Diseases Are Common For The Pearl of Nurnberg?
The most common disease for the Perle Von Nurnberg is a fungal infection caused from rotting. Your succulent will develop rot from overwatering and standing in water.
To prevent this, water your plant occasionally and use the ‘dry and soak’ method to help regulate waterings.
Only water your succulent when the soil around it feels bone dry. When you do water it, soak the soil while avoiding watering the plant itself.