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Echeveria Black Prince Guide: How to Grow & Care for “Echeveria Affinis”

Our Guide to Echeveria Black Prince succulents for everything you will ever need to know! Tips for planting & caring for "Echeveria Affinis"
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Looking for a lovely succulent that’s going to add some personality to your garden? If you are not in love with this succulent already, take a look at the noble Echeveria Black Prince.

Echeveria “Black Prince” is a dark-colored, slow-growing succulent that can definitely spice things up in any garden or home. Although it’s a small succulent, it has a lot of personality thanks to its wide and pointed black leaves gathered in spectacular rosettes.

This lovely succulent belongs to the beloved Echeveria genus. A genus that brought us many mesmerizing hybrids, including Echeveria Black Prince, which traces its parentage to Echeveria Shaviana and Echeveria Affinis.

Besides having a unique and noble appearance, Echeveria Black Prince is a perfect addition to any plant collection.  It is reasonably easy to grow indoors and outdoors and it has pretty much the same basic growing requirements as most succulents. So, whether you are a novice or an experienced grower, caring for this succulent should be really easy.

Without further ado, let’s see how to grow and care for this royal succulent!

About Echeveria Black Prince

  • Echeveria Black Prince is a Mexico-native succulent that belongs to the family of Crassulaceae.
  • Another common name for Echeveria Black Prince is Black Hens and Chicks.
  • This succulent can be grown both indoors and outdoors. As long as you provide your Echeveria Black Prince with its basic growing needs, it’s going to be a lovely greenery addition to your home or garden. When planted outdoors, this succulent is a perfect addition to rock gardens and Goth gardens.
  • Echeveria Black Prince can also be a great Halloween decoration thanks to its rosettes that appear to be nearly black. Decorate your succulent’s pot with some oversized spiders and bloodshot monster eyes, and you’ve got yourself a natural Halloween decoration.
  • Since it has the same general growing requirements as most succulents, Echeveria Black Prince is really easy to care for.
  • This succulent loves sunny spots, where it can get full sun, but can also adapt to partial shade. However, keep in mind that more sun exposure promotes darker foliage. In other words, the sunnier the place you keep your succulent in, the darker the color of its leaves.
  • Since it is a Mexico-native plant and it is used to a tropical climate, it’s no surprise that Echeveria Black Prince loves warm temperatures above 50° F (10° C).
  • This succulent isn’t cold hardy, and the minimum temperature it can survive to is 20° F (-6.7° C). So, make sure you protect your Echeveria Black Prince from subzero temperatures during the cold season.
  • Like most succulents, this Echeveria species is sensitive to overwatering and can die if provided with more water than it needs. ‘Black Prince’ is prone to root rot or fungal diseases caused by overwatering, which can kill the plant.
  • Echeveria Black Prince is particularly sensitive to mealybugs. In fact, the plant’s dead leaves attract mealybugs, so make sure you remove them to prevent pest infestation. To get rid of mealybugs infestation, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe off the insects.
  • Echeveria Black Prince is not typically known to be toxic to humans and animals. So, whether you grow your succulent indoors or outdoors, you don’t have to worry that it may be a health risk for your kids and pets.
Echeveria Black Prince
Echeveria Black Prince

Echeveria Black Prince Features: An Overview

  • Echeveria Black Prince is a slow-growing succulent that can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 8 inches (21 cm) wide.
  • This succulent features clumps of short rosettes of dark pointed leaves that grow up to 3 inches (7.4) cm in diameter.
  • Its leaves are green as they first grow but have a natural tendency to darken to a deep brown or violet color.
  • Their color tends to get even darker due to sun exposure. More sun exposure promotes darker foliage that looks almost black.
  • In fall or early winter, Echeveria Black Prince produces dark red flowers that grow on a tall, leafed stem that rises from the center of the rosette.

Growing Echeveria Black Prince

While its noble appearance might seem a bit intimidating, this succulent is actually really easy to care for. Like most Echeveria succulents, Echeveria Black Prince is a low-maintenance plant. If you are familiar with the basic requirements of most succulents or once you understand this succulent’s needs, you should have no problem taking care of it.

First, you need to pay attention to Black Prince’s lighting requirements. As we’ve mentioned before, this succulent prefers sunny spots where it receives full sun but can also adapt to partial shade. However, if you wish for its leaves to get a darker color, you should ensure more sun exposure.

Whether you grow your Black Prince indoors or outdoors, it’s best to find a spot in your home or garden where it will get at least 5-6 hours of bright sunlight every day. During the afternoon, the spot you choose should ensure partial shade to protect your succulent from sunburn.

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Although not necessary, fertilizing your Black Prince will help it thrive if you feel like your succulent needs a boost. You can fertilize your succulent during the spring or summer months. Use less fertilizer than the bottle recommends because overfertilizing a Black Price can burn its leaves. We recommend using a liquid fertilizer, diluted to ½ or ¼ strength. We also recommend using a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen.

When it comes to pruning, it is not necessary as Echeveria Black Prince is a small succulent. However, it is recommended to remove the dead leaves to prevent mealybugs infestation.

How to Plant Echeveria Black Prince

Planting an Echeveria Black Prince is just as easy as caring for this succulent is. All you have to do is keep its basic growing requirements in mind. Especially when choosing the spot where you will plant and grow it and the soil you will use. By doing so, whether you plant your succulent in your garden or in a pot a keep it indoors, it will thrive and delight you with its unique and noble appearance.

First, remember that this succulent loves getting a lot of sunlight for at least 5-6 hours every day. So, when deciding where to plant it, look for a sunny spot. If you plant your Black Prince in your garden, find a place where it also gets partial shade in the afternoon to protect it from sunburn. If you plant the succulent in a pot and keep it indoors, place it near a window where it gets a lot of bright light for the most part of the day.

Black Prince succulent
Black Prince succulent

Next, remember that Echehevria Black Prince is sensitive to overwatering. So, you need to plant it in well-draining soil that allows excess water to go through it and protect the plant from root rot and fungal diseases. We recommend using a specialty succulent soil as this type usually has the perfect sand ratio for succulents that don’t like wet feet. You can also mix it with perlite for improved drainage.

Besides that, remember that Black Prince is not cold hardy and you need to protect the plant from freezing temperatures below 20° F (-6.7° C). Depending on the climate of the area you live in, choose to plant the succulent in a pot that you can bring indoors if the cold season typically brings subzero temperatures.

Since it is a small succulent, it’s very unlikely for your succulent to outgrow its container. For this reason, repotting will probably not be necessary unless you have your heart set on a new pot.

Watering Echeveria Black Prince

Like most succulents, Echeveria Black Prince is very sensitive to overwatering. In fact, overwatering is the sure way to kill this plant. Overwatering your Black Prince can lead to root rot or fungal diseases, both fatal to this succulent.

So, how do you make sure you don’t provide your succulent with more water than it needs? We recommend using the “soak and dry” method, which implies that you must allow the first few top inches of the soil to dry out completely between waterings. However, keep in mind that the frequency of waterings will depend on how much sun exposure your Black Prince gets. More precisely, the more sunlight it gets, the more frequently you’ll have to water your succulent.

Keep in mind not to let your Black Prince sit in pooling water and avoid filling its water tray! Pour off any excess water from the pot and from the tray after watering it.

Propagating Echeveria Black Prince

If you want more Black Princes in your home or garden, you’ll be thrilled to hear that this succulent propagates really easily. You can propagate your mature Black Prince from offsets.

You should allow the cut to dry out and heal before putting the offsets in their new home. Only mist the soil of the new plants until new roots are established.

You can also propagate your Black Prince using leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. You should follow the same process for offsets.

In Conclusion

Echeveria Black Prince is definitely a must-have in every plant collection especially if you’re a succulent lover. This noble and royal succulent will add a lot of personality to your home and garden and its unique color will mesmerize your guests.

As long as you provide your Black Prince with its basic growing needs, it will grow happy and healthy. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and add a few Echeveria Black Prince succulents to your collection!

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Miruna is an experienced content writer with a passion for gardening. She is the proud owner of an outdoor rose garden and an indoor collection of tiny succulents. She bought her first succulent 10 years ago - an adorable Echeveria Setosa. Now she owns more than 100 succulents and cacti of different colors, shapes, and sizes. Miruna is a versatile writer and, as you might have guessed, her favorite topic is gardening. Contact miruna@gardenbeast.com

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