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Aeonium “Floresens” is a nursery cultivar and, thus, doesn’t exist in nature. Aeoniums, in general, are native instead to Canary islands or Africa.
Aeonium “Floresens” is a small succulent, a nursery cultivar perfectly adaptable to be grown in small pots in a bedroom or an office. It is often found in small pots, formed by a bunch of usually 3- 4, bright green rosettes of leaves. These leaves are remarkably decorative: they are gut-shaped and show some beautiful, bright yellow tinges on the peripheral parts, while the central part is bright green. If you look clooser, you’ll notice also a reddish tinge on the pointed tip of the plant and some almost imperceptible hair on the edge of its leaves. The basal leaves are often more elongated than the younger leaves at the top of the rosette, creating a very decorative effect, in which the rosette of leaves looks like a beautiful, green flower. A. “Floresens” is actually a variegated form. Variegated forms are plants adorned with tinges of many possible colours, among which there are different tinges of red or either, and more frequently, pale yellow. These colorful patterns are due to chlorophyll loss and its substitution with some other pigments like carotenoids in the case of orange tinges, anthocyanins in the case of purple or blue tinges, or no substitution in the case of pale yellow. The reasons for this kind of change in plants pigmentation are actually unknown. However, they are very sought after in the ornamental plants market, because they enhance the decorative potential of the species they affect.
Aeonium “Floresens” is quite easy to cultivate. Here below are our cultivation tips:
To mantain the brightness of the colour of the leaves, Aeonium “Floresens” needs some partial shade. That is to say, put it in a bright spot, but away from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of summer days.
The minimum temperature for its survival is 7ºC. We advice to put it indoors in winter. Anyway, this Aeonium is the perfect decorative houseplant, and it will be obvious to you right away that it is more suited to a cultivation indoors.
The soil should be well-drained, because the plant doesn’t bear stagnant water, nore any lack of oxygen.Frequent problems are the changing of the colour of the leaves, which turn green because of a too intense light, or the roll of the entire leaves cluster, which occurs generally because of the lack of water.
Watering necessities are moderate: in Spring and Summer, you might water it once a week while, in Winter, you should stop completely to water or, at least, reduce the watering frequency to once every tweo-three weeks, always waiting for the soil to dry up completely before each irrigation.
Aeonium “Floresens” doesn’t need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.
Repotting could be necessary once a year. By the way, repot anytime you see that the plant is outgrowing its pot.
The propagation of A. “Floresens” is done using leaf cuttings. The cut surface has to be dry when the stem cutting is planted. Another way to propagate it is to separate the root suckers from the plant. They form a new plant.
Plants of the genus Aeonium are very efficient in the depuration of the environment and very robust. For these characteristics they are, among the plants, studied by NASA for future use inside the spacecraft. The name “Aeonium” comes indeed from the greek word aiònios, meaning “immortal”: these plants are perfect for beginners approaching the world of gardening!
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