Learn How To Care For The Beautiful Aeonium Kiwi

Having your succulent at home comes with a responsibility. Generally, succulents are known to be a low-maintenance plant. However, the reality is even low-maintenance plants deserve our love and attention to thrive. What’s also interesting about succulents are they are known to have a variety of species. They have appealing attributes making them the perfect plant to add character to your space.  This article will talk about a specific succulent called Aeonium Kiwi. Continue reading and learn more about aeonium kiwi care, propagating aeonium kiwi, and other crucial information about this plant.

Origin And Description

Aeonium Kiwi is known for its vibrant color and ability to grow efficiently. This plant is an Aeonium Haworthii hybrid from the Canary Islands.

In terms of appearance, it is often mistaken with Aeonium Haworthii and Aeonium Pinwheel. Aeonium Kiwi is a tri-color succulent with a yellow center, gradually green leaves, and reddish to pink margins. It has spoon-shaped leaves that form rosettes. Typically, Aeonium Kiwi blooms during the summer season. Because of its beautiful appearance, Aeonium Kiwi is a popular plant for gardens and planters.

Aeonium Kiwi Care

To easily take good care of your Aeonium Kiwi, we listed down some tips on how you can help it thrive. These care tips will come in handy, especially for new plant parents. We hope that you’ll be able to appreciate your succulent better after reading this.

#1. Sunlight

Aeonium Kiwi is both an indoor and outdoor plant. It does well with partial to full sunlight. It is advisable to give it 6 hours of sunlight per day. Sunlight is crucial to the health of your succulent, so you have to make sure that you are giving it enough of the needed requirement. Also, when placed indoors, you must dedicate some hours to bringing your plant outdoors or place it by the window to have enough sunlight. However, you will also have to check on your plant at a very high temperature to avoid burning or curling leaves. During the summer season or when experiencing high temperatures, place your Aeonium Kiwi under a shade to protect it from harmful sunlight.

#2. Temperature

What is surprising about your Aeonium Kiwi is that this is dormant during summer. The majority of its growth occurs during the winter season. The ideal temperature for your succulent is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant is not cold or hardy. Make sure that the temperature doesn’t reach below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or else it can harm your Aeonium Kiwi.

#3. Water

Ideally, you will only need to water your Aeonium Kiwi once a week during the winter and spring season. It doesn’t need much water, but moisture is pretty much what it needs to survive. Use the soak and dry method to ensure you are not overwatering your Aeonium Kiwi. Checking if the soil is already dry before watering is one of the best practices to ensure that you are correctly watering your succulent.

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#4. Soil

Fast draining soil is a given soil requirement for your Aeonium Kiwi. Combine sand, gravel, and perlite to ensure that you have the perfect well-draining soil mixture for your Aeonium Kiwi.

#5. Fertilizer

It is not required to feed your Aeonium Kiwi. But if you want to provide additional nutrients to your succulent, feeding might be the best thing to do. You can give your plant half-strength, balanced, liquid fertilizer once a month during its growing season.

#6. Repotting

This care tip is only necessary when your Aeonium Kiwi is already growing more extensive than its current pot. In repotting, make sure that you carefully handle the roots of your succulent to avoid any damage. Overrepotting is also wrong as it agitates the plant more than does it any good.

#7. Pruning

This is suitable for your plant to maintain its shape and size. Removing dead and dying leaves or stem out of your plant also helps in making sure that you avoid the spread of pests and diseases. It also ensures that your plant is distributing the proper nutrients to all its body parts.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide On How To Propagate Succulents Successfully With Different Methods

Pests And Diseases

Root rot is among the common diseases of Aeonium Kiwi. As mentioned a while ago, overwatering affects your succulents, and it is crucial to avoid this as plants that experience overwatering do not recover fully. Watch out for the common signs of root rot such as soggy leaves and stems, yellowing, wilting, and black roots. In terms of pests, watch out for mealybugs and aphids. These are sap-sucking pests that take up too many nutrients from your Aeonium Kiwi.

Common Problems

Growing problems are among the most common problems of your Aeonium Kiwi. Dormancy is your plant’s survival mode. It is trying to save enough energy to survive since it is not getting enough sunlight, watering, proper nutrients, etc. However, with dormancy comes the attack of pests and diseases

#1. Leaves falling off

This is the most common symptom of your plant’s dormancy. It is imperative to watch out for all other changes in your plant to prevent further damage. At this point, usually, the leaves of your Aeonium Kiwi are already crispy brown

#2. Losing Color

This problem is usually a sign of overwatering. Follow the proper soak and dry method to avoid this. You may also want to transfer your Aeonium Kiwi to check its current soil and pot quality. Aside from proper watering, it is also crucial that you are using a pot with enough holes and well-draining soil to allow the flow of water out of your pot easily

#3. Brown spots

This could be due to stress, overwatering, high humidity, or fungus. Brown spots on the base of your Aeonium Kiwi are alarming, and you need to take urgent care of your succulent already

#4. Stretched-out stems

Leggy stems can signify a lack of sunlight. This typically happens when your succulent tries to go after the sunlight direction. Because of this repeating movement, the stems o your Aeonium Kiwi are forced to stretch out

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How To Propagate Aeonium Kiwi

This type of plant can be propagated in three different ways:

  • Cuttings – Among the most common method to propagate your plant is through cuttings. Cut off a branch, and let it be callous for a few days before planting. It is advisable to propagate your Aeonium Kiwi during the winter season
  • Offsets – The offsets method might be the easiest way to propagate your Aeonium Kiwi. For this one, your succulent does all the work, almost. Aeonium Kiwi can be top-heavy and starts to bend down to the ground. When this scenario continues, the Aeonium Kiwi will continue growing and rooting the plant. After some time, your can now then separate the offsets from the mother plant using clean, sharp garden scissors
  • Seeds – Propagation through seeds is the most complex and time-consuming way to propagate your Aeonium Kiwi. It is also not recommended as it takes too much time and has less probability of success. To do this, take a pinch of Aeonium Kiwi seeds and spread it on well-draining soil. Wait for the seeds to germinate. Once you see baby sprouts, proceed with providing all the care tips mentioned for your Aeonium Kiwi.

Final Words

We hope you will appreciate your Aeonium Kiwibetter by this article’s end. This very beautiful garden succulent can add color to your space. Its tri-color characteristic is one of its best features. We can’t wait to see your succulent thrive! We hope that through this article, you can adequately take good care of your Aeonium Kiwi.

ABOUT ME

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!

Contact me: richard.succulentcity@gmail.com

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