Monday, February 28, 2011

My first Aeonium bloom!

My first Aeonium bloom in my Big Blue Pot


I have taken pictures of my Big Blue Pot of aeoniums over the years. I have seen photos of other people's blooming aeoniums but this one would never bloom. Then starting before winter one of my aeoniun flowers began to elongate. It was really interesting to watch. I was worried about it because it stuck out over the sidewalk. I threatened everyone with bodily harm if they broke it off! LOL Everyone was careful and it has now started opening up! It got a little freeze burned on the other side but I am still pleased.



My Big Blue Pot

This is a shot of the Big Blue Pot taken last year. It is a bit bigger now and the Kalanchoe panamensis at the bottom of the pot has gone crazy. It's crawling all over!


It's bloomin time!

Here's some info on aeoniums for you. Hopefully some of it will be helpful. They are winter growers and there root system is very small compared to the plant. Some varieties leaves will change color with the seasons. This one in particular does this. In the winter and early spring it is very red and it gets greener with the hot weather. They do like to have a bit more water in the summer than a lot of succulents. Many varieties will actually go into a kind of dormancy in the summer. They need to be kept out of the scorching heat as they will sunburn. But in the shade and given water they may will grow slowly.

They do not like to be in freezing weather. They actually look like they have melted if they have been frozen. But as long as the freezing weather does not last long (more than one evening or so) your plants will probably come back to life as it gets warmer. Just make sure to cut away any dead parts of the plants and remove fallen leaves to prevent rotting and bug attraction. My Big Blue Pot has done really well over the years without being covered. It could be the kind of aeonium that it is or the fact that I have the pot placed right against the house.

They store the water in the stems and leaves. So if they start wrinkling it's time for lots of water. They also will get air roots off of the stems if they start getting a bit leggy. They are easy to propogate. Just break or cut off one of the 'flowers' with a good part of stem. Wait a week for the cut off portion to harden over. Then stick the stem in your potting soil 2 or 3 inches if possible. Water as necessary and before you know it, it will take off!

Happy planting and have a great week!

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

Congrats on the blooms! The flowers are so pretty. They look like daisies :-D Btw love how you had arranged so many aeoniums in the tall blue pot. Enjoy!

Succuland said...

Dear Candy
Yellow flowers look awesome. Aeoniums are though plant for winter, no worry about it. But only do not give water in these cold days. Beside cross my finger for your lovely blue pot that I love it. Maşallah!!! this words mean come from arabic but we use it to generally for bed eyes.
Have great week!!

Matti said...

Sweet bloom you have there with your Aeonium. Love the contrast between the yellow flowers and the purple foliage. Glad you finally have one of your own. Matti

Julie said...

WOWZERS! Specacular blooms, Candy! This plant was soring up to give you a grand show!!! I am very bad with aeoniums...I cannot keep them going here. I am so happy to get to see yours!!! Thankis!!!

Matt and Bobbie said...

So pretty! Congrats on getting it to bloom. And thank you for sharing some info on aeoniums--very helpful!

Spiky Obsession said...

Well done, they are loveely blooms aren't they. And you should be luck in that once the flower dies (don't forget to shack it to collect the seeds or just let them fall onto the soil) while the flowering plant will die, the rest will soon fillt he space so pot continues to look as good!

Evelyn said...

Fatntastic - Woohoo!

donna said...

Luv the big blue pot and your succulents are looking great, as always.

donna

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog today. We've hired on a landscaper since that cactus farm visit and before long the yards will have a brand new bunch of trees and succulents to transform the "minimalist" look we've had going since we moved here.

InspireBohemia@gmail.com said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS... Great job, that planter is amazing!!

~Catherine
Inspire Bohemia

seedlingsofexpression said...

Thank you for posting the info about the aeoniums, I bought one last year and I killed it! I'd never had a plant before that was summer dormant and the Texas heat just scorched that thing to death. I keep hoping to see one again because it was such a beautiful plant that I'd love to give it another shot.

Margaret Ann said...

A "drop to your knees" gorgeous plant! :) Great captures! :)

Rebecca said...

That blue pot is exquisite! Wow!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Rebecca, I love it too! I found it and bought it with some other great pots for practically nothing at our fair grounds.