Aeonium “Pink Witch”
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Aeonium “Pink Witch” is a nursery-produced cultivar and thus doesn’t exist in nature.
Aeonium “Pink Witch” is a nursery-produced succulent, very appreciated for the flashy combination of colours of its leaves. It consists in single, glowing big rosettes of tongue-shaped leaves. Leaves are wide, flattened, coloured in a pale yellow backdrop, with a central, bright green stripe and the edges tinged in purplish red, changing throughout the year according to the sunlight exposure. During the Summer, if it receives plenty of light, it takes on an intense red colour, that turns paler and more similar to a shade of pink during the Winter, when there is less light. The rosette grows at the top of curved, wooden stems, and tend to expand and cover all the available surface on the pot. It’s a nursery hybrid, mainly selected for its beautiful leaves. More precisely, it is the variegated form of a hybrid, which is Aeonium “Blushing Beauty”. Variegated forms are the result of casual genetic mutations that make the plant unable to produce chlorophyll in parts or in all the leaves surface. Flowers are rarely seen in this vairety, as it’s a hybrid chosen specifically for the colours of its leaves. Single flowers, as in any aeonium, are very small, but the inflorescence, which is a corymb, is rather bigger.
Aeonium “Pink Witch” is quite easy to cultivate. Here below are our cultivation tips:
To mantain the brightness of the colour of the leaves, Aeonium “Pink Witch” needs to be placed in a bright spot, for example a sunny window shelf, but away from direct sunlight at least 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 to place it indoors right away.
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 two-three weeks, always waiting for the soil to dry up completely before each irrigation.
Aeonium “Pink Witch” doesn’t need frequent fertilizations, 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. “Pink Witch” 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. Seeds can’t be used, as it is a hybrid and won’t produce fertile seedlings.
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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