Scientific name: Echeveria
runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
Origin: This cultivar is a mutation originated in cultivation in California. The
standard Echeveria runyonii is found natively in Mexico
Etymology: The genus Echeveria is named after the 18th
century Spanish botanist Atanasio Echeverria Codoy.
Common English Names include: Mexican hens
and chicks plant.
Notes: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is one of the true
monstrous forms of Echeveria that 'breeds true' and won't revert back to
it's natural form.
The plants bloom in the autumn with tall arching racemes of bright
reddish orange flowers. They are very showy when in bloom.
Cultivation: it can tolerate sun to shade but - generally speaking -
the more light a plant gets the better it will display its colours and
shape. However, when moving plants from lower light conditions into full
sun, be wary of sun scorch, most easily avoided by ensuring plants are
well-watered before moving them on a cloudy day. They can tolerate
extended dry periods and survive drought without the need for watering,
but they will grow stronger if they receive adequate moisture during
their growing season, ut never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged
(root rot sensitive). Use a very porous soil, which will allow quick
drainage. Slow release fertilisers with a low to moderate nitrogen
content are adequate for the spring and summer growing seasons, and
additional fertiliser applications would not required until spring. Good
air movement is important for minimising pest and disease risks, and
avoiding excessive humidity in cool winter conditions is important to
successfully growing Echeveria in the nursery environment. It can
tolerate light frosts, but it is best overwintered at 5-10 °C.
With the cooler autumn temperatures tending to make their foliage
colours become more intense than those of the active summer growing
Aphids like this plant (and all flowering Echeverias).
Propagation: Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' is usually propagated by removal of
offset and by division of large clumps. Let the cut ends dry for
overnight or up to a week before potting up. Some growers recommend
planting immediately into dry growing media, watering only after roots