Pachyphytums are small shrubs with short branching stems that carry fleshy colored leaves. They bear a close resemblance to the related Echeverias.
Water moderately when in active growth, giving enough at each watering to make the potting mixture moist. Allow the top half inch of the mixture to dry out before watering again. Give less water in Winter.
Do not feed these plants at any time.
Use a mixture of 1 part coarse sand or perlite to every 2 parts of standard soil-based mixture. Move these plants into pots one size larger every Spring. Maximum pot size required is a 5-6 inch pot. Thereafter topdress with fresh mixture.
It is very easy to propagate from stem cuttings in Spring. Cut off a 3 to 4 inch long side branch. Allow the branch to dry for 2 or 3 days and then push the cut end into a 3 inch pot. It should root and produce new growth within 4 weeks.
Give Pachyphytums as much direct sunlight as possible to preserve the bright color of leaves and to prevent them from becoming unnaturally elongated.
Specimen plants which need a warmer climate zone than you have do well in sheltered, south-facing walls. The wall acts as a solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a small zone that is warmer than the rest of the garden.