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Aeonium 'Suncup' Care Sheet

Common Name:

  • Aeonium 'Suncup'
  • aeonium castello-paivae ‘harry mak’


Aeonium 'Suncup' is a striking succulent hybrid known for its compact rosettes and vibrant foliage. It features spoon-shaped leaves that range in color from deep green to reddish-purple, often with variegated edges that can turn pink or yellow in response to sunlight. This variety typically forms low, mounding clusters of rosettes.

Light Requirements:

  • Indoors: Place in a bright location with indirect sunlight. Aeonium 'Suncup' 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 'Suncup' 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. Alternatively, amend regular potting soil with sand, perlite, or pumice to improve drainage.


  • 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.


Aeonium 'Suncup' is a vibrant and visually appealing succulent hybrid that adds color and texture to any succulent collection. By following these care guidelines, including proper watering, adequate light, and well-draining soil, you can enjoy healthy growth and vibrant foliage from this beautiful plant.


Following these care recommendations will help ensure your Aeonium 'Suncup' thrives and continues to showcase its stunning foliage in your indoor or outdoor garden.



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