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Aeonium sedifolium Care Sheet

Common Name:

  • Aeonium sedifolium

Description:

Aeonium sedifolium is a unique succulent characterized by its compact rosettes of spoon-shaped, bright green leaves. The leaves are densely packed and often have reddish edges, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. This species typically forms low mounds or clusters of rosettes.

Light Requirements:

  • Indoors: Place near a bright window with indirect sunlight. Aeonium sedifolium benefits from some direct morning sunlight but should be protected from intense afternoon sun.
  • Outdoors: Prefers partial shade to full sun, especially in cooler climates. In hot climates, provide afternoon shade to prevent sunburn.

Temperature:

  • Ideal Range: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
  • Winter Care: Protect from temperatures below 50°F (10°C). Aeonium sedifolium is not frost-tolerant and should be brought indoors or provided with frost protection during winter.

Watering:

  • Watering Frequency: Water thoroughly when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil is dry during the active growing season (spring to fall). Reduce watering in winter, allowing the soil to dry out more between waterings.
  • Watering Method: Water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the leaves excessively, which can lead to rot.

Humidity:

  • Humidity Preferences: Prefers average indoor humidity levels. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues, especially in humid climates.

Soil:

  • Preferred Soil: Use well-draining succulent or cactus potting mix. Alternatively, amend regular potting soil with sand, perlite, or pumice to improve drainage.

Fertilizing:

  • Fertilizer Type: Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength.
  • Fertilizing Schedule: Feed monthly during the growing season (spring to early fall). Avoid fertilizing in winter when growth slows.

Potting and Repotting:

  • Repotting Needs: Repot every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its container. Spring is the best time for repotting to coincide with the start of the growing season.
  • Container Type: Use pots with drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil.

Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Pruning Requirements: Minimal pruning is needed. Remove dead or damaged leaves as necessary to maintain plant health and appearance.
  • Propagation: Propagate from stem cuttings taken during the active growing season. Allow cuttings to callous before planting in well-draining soil.

Pests and Problems:

  • Common Pests: Watch for aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Issues: Overwatering can lead to root rot. Ensure pots have drainage holes and avoid leaving water in saucers.

Tips for Success:

  • Provide adequate light and avoid prolonged exposure to intense afternoon sun, especially in warmer climates.
  • Protect from frost and sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • Rotate the plant occasionally to promote even growth and prevent etiolation.

Summary:

Aeonium sedifolium is a charming succulent with compact rosettes and attractive green leaves. By following these care guidelines, including proper watering, adequate light, and well-draining soil, you can enjoy healthy growth and occasional flowering from this resilient plant.

 

Following these care recommendations will help ensure your Aeonium sedifolium thrives and adds beauty to your indoor or outdoor succulent collection.

Aeonium sedifolium

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