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Some of you are aware that a couple of years ago I started growing Aeonium arboreum. I had two – ‘Velours’ and ‘Schwartzkopf’ which are both very dark. They seem to like me and have grown huge. From one Rosette of ‘Velours’ I now have three big plants and have given away quite a few as well. Schwartzkopf hasn’t been quite so productive, but is still a really big plant now. Its the really shiny one on the right of this group…

I hadn’t realised that there are so many varieties until I saw GW run a feature on a specialist succulent nursery called ‘Surreal Succulents’. So that was it. I ‘had’ to have more. Most of these are ‘mound forming’ rather than ‘tree’ Aeoniums.

From the top left, these are A. ‘Sunburst’; A. arboreum (another tree form); A. ‘Firecracker’; A ‘Blushing Beauty’; A ‘Copper Kettle’; A. ‘Kiwi’; A. ‘Voodoo’ and the last one is from Angela who kindly sent me a nice little collection of succulents, so there’s this really cute one in this arrangement that I’m not sure of the name of, but it looks like it might be the same as the ‘Sunburst’ I just ordered.

They are so easy to grow, requiring only frost-free conditions and plenty of light in winter. They prefer a free-draining growing medium like all succulents, and its a good idea to plant the Tree ones in a large shallow container as they tend to get top-heavy and the wind can easily take them. But they are extremely robust. Propagating them could not be easier. In fact last year my Shwartzcopf became too top heavy and DD2 told me to just cut the top off and stick the whole lot in a new pot. The old ‘trunk’ would have re-sprouted as well, but I decided not to bother keeping it. So now I just have the top growth with many rosettes in a new pot, growing away well. You can also grow them from a single leaf…just pull one off and let it callous over for a few days before placing the wounded surface it in gritty compost. I haven’t needed to do this because I just cut off a rosette and stick it in a new pot and that works fine.

I love the symmetry of them, and the weirdness of the way they grow. They look absolutely stunning with the sun shining behind them like this A. ‘Nigra’ taken on my windowsill in the winter..

Last year my Aeonium arboreum ‘Velours’ was a real talking point at the Village Show. I don’t know what I shall enter this year, but I have plenty of succulents to choose from now.

I keep them in the house and in the greenhouse during the winter and bring them out as soon as I can in the summer (this year that was early-mid May). They like being outside where they can make best use of all the sunshine they can get. But over the winter they just need to be kept pretty dry and frost-free. They don’t need full sun. But if you give them plenty of sunshine they will keep growing.

Here’s a new one…A.‘Pomegranate’…

And this one is called ‘Voodoo’

I am fascinated with them, and really looking forward to seeing them thrive and how they multiply! You do get flowers from them and they are beautiful of course, but its the foliage that I love them for, and their amazing symmetry.

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They look perfect, Karen.

9 Jun, 2018

 

Thanks Linda. Aren’t they beautiful? So colourful and fascinating. They remind me of playing with Spirograph as a child!

9 Jun, 2018

 

You really do have green fingers, Karen, and your photography isn't bad either!! :O)

Seriously the close-ups are superb!

(I think I played more with Spirograph than our offspring did. Fascinating!)

9 Jun, 2018

 

You really have got the succulent bug Karen - pity you don't live nearer Sandra (haven't heard from her for ages have we?) You care for them so well they are beautiful and in tip top condition. The photo of the one backlit by the sun is superb.

9 Jun, 2018

 

Lovely photos of well grown plants.
The 'IT' plants this year apparently.

10 Jun, 2018

 

Thank you! They are in tip top condition...most of them are straight out of the packing from the nursery!

10 Jun, 2018

 

They are lovely, I have one which may be A. aboreum, trunk forming, which I never knew the name of. It lives indoors, but now I shall give it some sunshine outside as you suggest. The really dark tree ones are amazing and I may well invest in one this year. I think you now have an addiction!

10 Jun, 2018

 

Fascinating indeed, and a very informative blog. I had one a few years ago, but didn’t really know how to deal with it. Now after reading your blog I may try again !

10 Jun, 2018

 

Great blog Karen

fascinating plants as well

Gg

10 Jun, 2018

 

You've definitely got the 'bug' metaphorically speaking, Karen. But there's lots worse hobbies to have.

10 Jun, 2018

 

Lovely blog Karen.

10 Jun, 2018

 

All the different colors are interesting, but I still love the dark ones best, esp Schwartzkopf - those black shiny leaves are captivating.

11 Jun, 2018

 

thanks everyone...they are a bit drenched today. We have actually had rain after a whole month of drought. But today is my second open day and not a visitor in sight as it is still very grey and miserable. :(

11 Jun, 2018

 

Hope things picked up later.

11 Jun, 2018

 

We had two lovely ladies Julia. They both enjoyed the garden, and the cake, and they even bought plants too. So I am happy. :)

11 Jun, 2018

 

:-) :-)

13 Jun, 2018

 

I love these, started growing them a few years ago, they are very addictive aren't they, lol...

16 Jun, 2018

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