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Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata Care Sheet

Common Name:

  • Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata


Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata is a unique and ornamental succulent characterized by its crested, fan-shaped growth habit. It features densely packed, variegated rosettes with spoon-shaped leaves that display a striking blend of colors, including shades of green, yellow, and sometimes hints of pink or red. This crested form adds an intriguing and whimsical element to any succulent collection.

Light Requirements:

  • Indoors: Place in a bright location with indirect sunlight. Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata benefits from some direct morning sunlight but should be protected from intense afternoon sun to avoid leaf burn.
  • Outdoors: Prefers partial shade to full sun, especially in cooler climates. Provide afternoon shade in hot climates to prevent sun damage.


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


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


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


  • 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 for crested forms. Remove dead or damaged leaves as necessary to maintain plant health and appearance.
  • Propagation: Propagate from offsets or stem cuttings of the crested growth. 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, especially in the crested form. Ensure pots have drainage holes and avoid leaving water in saucers.

Tips for Success:

  • Provide bright, indirect light for optimal growth and color development.
  • Protect from frost and sudden temperature fluctuations, especially during winter.
  • Monitor for pests regularly and maintain proper watering practices to ensure the health of the crested form.


Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata is a fascinating and decorative succulent variety with crested growth that adds a whimsical touch to succulent gardens and collections. By following these care guidelines, including appropriate light, watering, and soil conditions, you can enjoy the unique beauty and growth pattern of this captivating plant.


Following these care recommendations will help ensure your Aeonium 'Sunburst' f. cristata thrives and continues to showcase its distinctive crested form in your indoor or outdoor succulent display.

Aeonium ‘Sunburst Cristatum'

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