Aeonium Decorum (The Green Pinwheel)

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Having beautiful succulents is such a buzz. Almost everyone has one at home or thinking of getting one. Having plants at home helps us be more responsible with the responsibility and attention needed when owning a plant. Usually, wanting to have plants at home is due to aesthetic reasons. Plants glow up a space, add character, and sometimes make it homier. Generally, having a plant makes us feel better. It is suitable for our well-being and adds color to our lives. By reading this article, we hope you’ll be able to learn more about Aeonium Decorum and appreciate this succulent better. Continue reading, and who knows, you might get this plant as an addition to your house plants.

Origin and Features

Most aeonium types of succulents are known in northern Africa, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, and Madeira. Aeonium Decorum is also known as the “Green Pinwheel.” It is a small succulent shrub with dark green to yellowish-green leaves. Aeonium Decorum can grow up to 2 feet tall. Its rosettes are up to 4 inches in diameter, and leaves are 2 inches long and 0.6 inches wide. Aeonium Decorum leaves are often reddish variegated along its margins. In late spring or summer, inflorescences rise above the foliage, and its flowers are star-shaped and pinkish. Even though Aeonium Decorum looks like a shrub, it doesn’t branch. It is hardy in USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b from 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Aeonium Decorum is typically pest and disease-free. They might not be exempt from any pests and diseases but typically, they do not experience any issues. Therefore, no extra care is needed.

Watering Requirements

This type of plant doesn’t need much watering. During winter, whenever the soil drys out, make sure to water it enough. To check if the soil is dry, poke your finger down the ground up to an inch or two deep in the soil.

Ideal Sunlight and Temperature

Aeonium Decorum doesn’t like hot or dry weather. It usually goes dormant during the summer season. At the same time, they don’t need much water during the summer season. To avoid excessive water loss, Aeonium Decorum’s leaves will curl in intense heat. The ideal temperature for Aeonium Decorum is when you plant it in the moist shade. Their growing season is from spring to winter, with a cool temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Fertilizer

You may feed fertilizer to your Aeonium Decorum once a month during its growing season only, and better to dilute the fertilizer before feeding. Don’t feed it during its dormant season.

Propagation

Stems

  • Make sure that you were able to clean the knife properly. You can do this by dipping the blade in alcohol
  • Cut a stem around 0.5 inches or maybe shorter and only cut the lead with a rosette on it
  • Allow the stem to callous for around two to three days. If the stem is relatively thicker, you may let it cruel for longer days
  • Plant the cutting in just enough soil and make sure that it is upright
  • Place the pot in indirect  sunlight and water it lightly once a week
  • Once the Aeonium Decorum develops roots, you may resume regular watering. You’ll have to let the 2 inches of topsoil to dry prior watering

Seeds

  • Collect the seeds after the Aeonium Decorum has bloomed, put it in a paper and let the seeds dry
  • Sow the seeds, wrap them in plastic, and place them in indirect sunlight
  • Keep the soil moist until germination occurs. Then you may remove the plastic wrap already
  • Once seedlings reach 0.5 inches, remove them and place them in a bigger pot

Leaves

  • Take a leaf cutting, basically, you need the whole leaf with the node
  • Let it dry for 2 to 3 days to calloused, mostly this happens in humid locations
  • Plant the cutting in just enough soil
  • Place the pot in indirect  sunlight and water it lightly once a week
  • Once the Aeonium Decorum develops roots, you may resume regular watering

Offsets

  • Just like all plants under the Aeonium genus, they naturally produced offsets from a single flower head
  • New offset grows beside the mother plant
  • Gently remove this using your own hands, with scissors, or garden shears
  • Remove excess soil and plant the offset in a well-draining soil mixture

Final Words

All in all, this article is helping us to anticipate the care Aeonium Decorum needs. It is a lovely succulent that will surely get your attention. If you are looking for a plant that is easy to take good care of and is very beautiful, Aeonium Decorum might be the perfect plant baby for you. It is quickly grown in moist to cold temperatures and only needs watering when the soil dries out already. 

Like other succulents, Aeonium Decorum doesn’t need much watering. Aeonium Decorum is also easy to propagate through stem cuttings and sowing seeds. But of course, more chance for it to grow using stem cuttings. It would help if you also had little to no fertilizer to keep Aeonium Decorum alive as it is only allowed to feed fertilizer during its growing season, which is spring to summer. Aeonium Decorum is your choice of a plant if you are in an area that allows it to have full to partial sunlight. This beautiful reddish variegated shrub is a very rare and vibrant succulent that will surely be a favorite amongst your house plants.

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Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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