Learn about handling aeoniums, and discover the lovely 'Lily Pad' variety.
When succulent star Annie Schreck visited recently, we made a video about aeoniums and planted several in container gardens. It's the latest in a series that features Annie's Southern CA succulent adventures. Annie is the on-air talent and Director of Botanical Research at Mountain Crest Gardens, the largest online succulent nursery, located in northern CA.
To watch more aeonium videos I've done on this popular succulent genus, see my YouTube aeonium playlist. For more "Annie" videos, be sure to subscribe to our respective YouTube channels: Mountain Crest Gardens and Debra Lee Baldwin.
Can you grow aeoniums?
Native to the Canary Islands and Morocco, aeoniums thrive outdoors in zone 9 (and higher if in dappled shade). Most species are summer dormant and their growth season is winter, but aeoniums are seldom seen where humidly is high and rain falls in summer (such as Hawaii and Florida).
Refresh in Fall
Shorter days and cooler temps signal aeoniums to awaken from summer dormancy. Fall and early winter are the best time to prune and replant lanky, overgrown aeoniums. Cut the rosettes, leaving several inches of stem, and discard the rest of the plant, roots and all. (Roots are seldom deeper than 3 inches.)
Prepare the Soil
If the soil is compacted, add amendments such as compost and pumice to enhance its friability. This enables cuttings to root easily. Replant the rosettes, using each one’s stub of trunk to anchor it. By spring the cuttings will have rooted and the rosettes will be a glorious bed of glossy pinwheels.
Learn More About Aeoniums
If you're wondering what kind you have (or may want), see 30 varieties on the Aeonium page of this site. There you'll also find comprehensive info on aeoniums from my book, Designing with Succulents (2nd ed).
Aeonium Uses, Photos and Varieties Native to the Canary Islands and Morocco, aeoniums thrive outdoors in zone 9 (and higher if in dappled shade). Prune and replant in autumn. See All Succulent Types Aeonium Agaves Aloes Cactus Crassula Echeveria Euphorbias Ice Plants Kalanchoe Portulacaria Senecio About Aeoniums Aeonium rosettes resemble big, fleshy-petalled daisies. Colors include green,…