Aeonium tabuliforme: Also called flat-topped aeonium because it produces rosettes that are flat as a saucer. It is a perennial plant with overlapping fleshy green leaves with hairy edges. After several years, it blooms tiny, stary yellow flowers. It is a tiny plant that grows only 2-6 inches tall and 10-18 inches in diameter. It is propagated by cuttings of the rosettes or by seed.
How To Grow And Care For Aeoniums
The best season for growing aeonium is in the spring and autumn when the light and heat conditions are moderate and ideal.
The natural habitat of aeonium is hot and dry with occasional rainfall so when cultivating this plant, you need to replicate this so that they can thrive as garden plants and potted plants.
Soil: Aeonium needs soil that has good drainage abilities such as sandy soil or a gravel garden to grow successfully. This keeps the roots and stems dry in between watering periods. When planting in a pot, consider using a terracotta pot – it is porous and will allow the soil to dry out easily between watering.
Water: Their thick and fleshy leaves and roots store water so they can survive for long periods without water. When growing aeoniums indoors, leave the soil to dry out and then water heavily, this is a better method than watering little and constantly. As an outdoor plant, allow the plant to get all the water it needs from rainfall. If aeonium plants are constantly in wet soil, the root and stems will rot. Reduce watering during summer and winter when the leaves become tighter and begin to dry out and fall off because the plant has stored all the water it needs for that period.
Light: Aeoniums need a lot of sunlight to thrive so grow aeoniums outdoors where they will get sufficient sunlight. As an indoor plant, place your potted aeonium plant close to a window in a brightly lit room.
Winter Care For Aeoniums
Aeoniums are moderately hardy plants and can survive in a fairly windy climate but they should be protected from winter frost. As long as their soil is not wet, they can survive in temperatures as low as 5 degrees celsius. Aeonium care in the UK winter is not difficult. All you need to do is feed them with plant food at least once a month till the end of spring to ensure that they have all the nutrients to survive during winter.
How do you care for aeoniums in the UK?
Caring for aeonium in the UK is not difficult once you can replicate the conditions of the natural habitat of aeonium and take note of the water requirements in spring, autumn, summer, and winter.
What are the types of Aeonium?
There are several types of aeonium some of the most popular species are Aeonium arboreum, Aeonium zwartkop, Aeonium tabuliforme, Haworth aeonium, Aeonium undulatum, Canary aeonium.
How do you overwinter Aeonium?
If your plants are potted, you can choose to move them to a warmer spot inside your house or a greenhouse. The temperatures indoors will be more favourable to your aeonium succulent. The most important thing is to make sure your plants stay dry throughout the winter.