Aeoniums are succulent plants native to North Africa and the Canary Islands. They are perennials in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, but in most of North America, they are grown as houseplants
. Like other succulents, these are also highly prized for their beautiful foliage. It is fairly easy to grow aeonium species in pots and containers. Regular potting soil provides sufficient water retention and nutrients for growing aeonium plants. They don't require fertilizers, but do require regular watering while they grow in winter. These houseplants
shouldn't be placed in direct sunlight, so avoid windowsills and patios with exposure to the sun. Usually, the leaves will curl up and fade in color if exposed to direct sunlight. Most of the water absorbed by succulents is stored in the stems and leaves of the plant. The roots are generally hair-like and are prone to drying out. Many plants within this genus develop aerial roots which extend from the stem. The leaves are bound to the stem by a fibrous material.
To care aeonium houseplants
, pot Aeoniums in cactus mix or combine equal parts crushed pumice and commercial potting soil, to provide good drainage. A terracotta pot with one big drainage hole is the best choice, because it allows quick drying of the soil, letting the roots breathe. Keep the plants dry in winter, soaking them only once a month. At other times, allow the soil to dry between waterings, but increase watering frequency in spring until May, when weekly watering will be needed. Begin reducing watering frequency in September.
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