There’s something ever-so-magical about succulents that change to colours besides green when they’re stressed. While my favourite succulent leaf colour of all time is purple, echeverias, graptoverias, and other succulents that change to a pink hue are a very close second.
Truth be told, many times the very same succulents that come across as purple will at other times appear to be pink. There are also succulents that are usually a little bit on the beige, brown, or red side, then under certain stressful conditions – excess light or too little access to water – will become pink at the edges or the tips, or look more pink than usual overall.
Most succulents will look green the majority of the time unless they happen to be sufficiently stressed. No succulent (to my knowledge, do correct me if I’m wrong) is pink all the time, regardless of whether or not it’s stressed.
This might mean if you purchased a pink succulent and plan on placing it indoors, depending on the placement and whether it’s getting enough light to be stressed, it may fade to green over time. The remedy for this is simple, though it may prove difficult to do: find the perfect bright spot for your succulent to sit, with just enough light to have it change colour, but not enough to have it sunburned.
You can also take a succulent outside in the warm months, exposing it to a higher concentration of sun, then bringing inside when it’s changed to its stressed colour. This colour change won’t last forever, but it does last a reasonable amount of time.
I’m pretty sure cutting the majority of the roots off your succulent, then placing it back in its pot will also stress it sufficiently to keep it in its stressed colour indoors for some time. That being said, doing this will prevent the growth of the plant until it’s managed to grow back it’s roots, so you may not want to do this. If you don’t mind the size it’s currently at or it’s already full grown, however, this might be a good option.
If you have other tips for helping succulents indoors that don’t typically get enough light to be stressed enough to show off their stress-colours, do share in the comments below! I’m sure your comment would be helping a lot of fellow succulent-lovers out.
Also, while I’ve tried to be as exhaustive as possible about the pink succulents I’ve included in this list, I’m sure I’ve missed a considerable number, so please tell me if you can think of any more pink succulents to include.
Pretty Perfect: Pink-Coloured Succulent Plants
- Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’
- Echeveria laui
- Echeveria ‘Raindrops’
- Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
- Echeveria trumpet ‘Pinky’
Pink Graptoveria, Graptopetalums, & Graptosedums
- Graptopetalum pachyphyllum (‘Bluebean’)
- Graptopetalum paraguayense (‘Ghost Plant’)
- Graptoveria ‘Douglas Huth’
- Graptosedum ‘Alpenglow’
- Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’
- Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’
Other Pink Succulents
- Crassula pellucida
- Crassula pellucida variegata (‘Calico Kitten’)
- Pachyphytum oviferum (‘Pink Moonstone’)
- Aloe ‘Pink Blush’
- Anacampseros Rufescens ‘Sunrise’
- Moonstones Pachyphytum
- Sedum spurium tricolor
- Sedeveria ‘Pink Granite’
- Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’
Your Thoughts on Pink Succulents?
Are succulents that turn pink when they’re stressed some of your favourites? Do you have a particular plant that you love more than others – which is it?
Are there any pink succulents that didn’t make it to this list that you can think of? Any very pretty ones you’d like to flag as some of the best options to get a hold of?
Do you have any tricks for getting pink succulents to stress enough indoors to change to their gorgeous stressed pinks?
Love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!
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