Aeonium Kiwi

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Having your succulent at home comes with a responsibility. What’s 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 its care, propagating, 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. This combination reminds you of the kiwi fruit, so that is why it is called “Aeonium Kiwi”. Besides, it is spoon-shaped, smooth, and shiny.

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Aeonium Kiwi can make lovely flowers if you take good care of it. These flowers usually appear in late winter or early spring, making the plant even more beautiful. The small flowers bloom close together at the top of tall stems. They can be yellow, green, or sometimes have a bit of red. Although the time they stay in bloom is short, they bring a burst of color that looks great with the succulent’s colorful leaves.

The roots of the Aeonium Kiwi are attractive and designed to store water and keep the plant steady. They’re not deep; instead, they spread near the soil surface, which helps the plant quickly soak up water and nutrients when available. This is especially handy in dry conditions.

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Aeonium Kiwi Care

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.

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. 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 the high temperature to place it in shade.

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

Water: Ideally, you will only need to water 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 you are correctly watering your succulent.

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

Fertilizer: It is not mandatory. 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.

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. Over-repotting is also wrong as it agitates the plant more than does it any good.

Pruning: This is suitable for your plant to maintain its shape and size. Removing dead and dying leaves or stems from 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.

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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

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.

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 use a pot with enough holes and well-draining soil to allow the flow of water out of your pot easily

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

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 of your Aeonium Kiwi are forced to stretch out.

How To Propagate Aeonium Kiwi

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

Cuttings – Among the most common methods 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, you 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, provide all the care tips mentioned for your Aeonium Kiwi.

Final Words

We hope you will appreciate your Aeonium Kiwibetter by the end of this article. This lovely 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.

Succulent City chief editor

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Hey everyone! Welcome to Succulent City! We are all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, we began the journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, our fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and we gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!

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