Aeonium Lily Pad Care & Everything You Need To Know About This Succulent

Aeonium Lily Pad is a succulent with lush rosettes that have greenish-yellow flowers. These flowers grow from the center of a rosette. The plant is originally from the Canary Islands the rosettes are well aligned circularly.

The Aeonium Lily Pad doesn’t grow very tall. It achieves a maximum height of 30 cm. This beautiful succulent grows slowly; it requires a patient person to see its full benefits. The plant does quite well outdoors because it enjoys exposure to full sunlight. You can grow it directly on the soil or in containers, provided the ground has the right mix to facilitate drainage.

Besides being attractive, this plant is easy to maintain, as we shall see in the following sections.

Placement

Aeonium Lily Pad loves the sun, and it should enjoy exposure to, at least, partial sunlight to grow. The plant also does quite well in full sunlight, and the sunlight helps it grow fast. Let the plant grow outside where there is abundant sunlight. Keep it next to a window to facilitate its contact with sunlight. You can also put the plant inside the house, and it will thrive as long as it is getting enough sunlight.

Watering Aeonium Lily Pad

Like most succulents, Aeonium Lily Pad doesn’t require a lot of water. Too much water in the soil can make the roots rot. Also, the plant has shallow roots that can easily be destroyed by overwatering. You don’t want water to get into the rosettes. If water lodges on them and remains, the leaves become vulnerable to rotting.

Temperature

The appropriate temperature for your Aeonium Lily Pad is between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. When the environment is too dry, you may spray some water in the air or on the leaves to cold dowm the temperature and moisturize them. During the winter season, place your Aeonium Lily Pad indoors to avoid frostbite.

Feeding Aeonium Lily Pad

It is vital to feed the plant adequately, mainly in its growing season in spring and summer. Give is a feed of half-strength fertilizer once per month. By doing this, you will take full advantage of the growth opportunity available for the plant. Don’t give the plat fertilizer more than once per month or more than half-strength fertilizer.

If you do, it will lead to discoloration, and it may ultimately lead to the death of the plant. Also, you shouldn’t feed the plant during its dormancy because the fertilizer will remain unutilized in the soil, and it is likely to poison it. The plant won’t be able to use it. Using succulent fertilizer is the best approach because other fertilizers may contain toxic elements to a succulent. 

Soil

Get a proper understanding of the suitable soil for growing succulents. The soil is a crucial part of the succulent environment. It determines how well the water will drain and, of course, the number of nutrients available to the soil. The best soil would be a combination of loam soil and sandy soil. If you buy a commercial potting mix, combine it with pumice. This way, your plant will enjoy nutrients from the soil that also consider the shallowness of its roots. The porosity of the soil might also be enhanced by adding peat moss.

Grooming Aeonium Lily Pad

You will need to groom Aeonium Lily Pad once in a while, not because it isn’t beautiful. It is hard not to find beauty in the naturally well-organized rosettes. The grooming removes any overgrown leaves, which are usually few, and maintains the plant at an average weight. A well-balanced plant whose growth is well controlled is easier to move around the pot. If it is potted, you will avoid repotting for a while if you groom the plant to prevent overgrowing.

A terracotta pot is the best for this plant because it allows for easy water evaporation to reduce the possibility of waterlogging. Still, it is also the most fragile of the pots in the market. If you have potted your plant on terracotta, grooming is necessary to keep the pot from breaking under the weight of the plant.

Aeonium Lily Pad Pest Control

Aeonium is quite vulnerable to pests. Some of the most common problems affecting the plant include Aphids, Mealybugs, and Ants. The following are some tips on how to manage each of them.

Aphids

Despite looking terrible on the plant, an aphid infestation can lead to the death of your plant. If the plant doesn’t die, the quality of its beauty reduces significantly. Aphids suck the sap off the plant, causing it to shrivel up.

 The longer you take to treat an infected plant, the more unhealthy the affected plant will be and the further the infestation will spread among other plants. You should, therefore, form the habit of checking the underside of your leaves regularly.

Treat the affected plant with soapy water. Liquid dishwashing soap mixed with water on a ratio of one is to one is sufficient. Spray the soapy water on the affected leaves. The mixture kills aphids without destroying the leaves. Pesticides used for aphids on other plants are generally unsuitable for succulents due to the plants’ delicate nature.

If you use these conventional pesticides, you will kill both the aphids and the plants. It is also worth remembering that this plant may be planted in the house, and you want to keep your household as poison-free as possible.

Mealybugs

Mealybugs suck necessary nutrients from the plant, making it weak and vulnerable to diseases. A mealybug’s infestation causes your plant to have an ugly whitish substance on its surface and makes it much more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections that might eventually kill it. You treat these pests by dabbing a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and then rubbing the infected part of the leaf with the alcohol. It is easy to notice the affected sections. They will have a whitish powder. It would help if you treated his infestation as soon as it occurs. If you don’t treat it quickly, the problem will likely compound itself with fungal and bacterial diseases, which will be much harder to treat.

Plant Lice and ants can also affect your plant, but their effects are not as severe as the effects of mealybugs and aphids. Spray the plant with soapy water or specialized insecticide soap to keep these at bay.

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Aeonium Lily Pad Diseases

Viral and Bacterial Diseases

Viral and bacterial infections may get to plants that have been weakened by pest infestation. They are challenging to treat, so the best approach is to spray your succulent with specialized chemicals such as copper-based treatments to heal the plant. The best way to deal with these diseases, as is always the case is prevention. Keep the plant well-fed and protect it from pest infestation. Fight the infestation quickly if your plant gets infested to prevent the plant from getting the diseases.

Root Rot

Overwatering is the primary cause of root rot. Succulent suffer from root rot because they have shallow roots, and when they stand in waterlogged soil, they are unable to absorb all the water, and then the composition of the sources as exposed to the dirt causes them to rot. Root rot can quickly turn into basal stem rot if you are not careful.

Root rot is a severe disease that causes the entire plant to die because it cannot take nutrients and water from the soil. The rot typically increases upwards, causing the stem to rot. The best preventive step you can take with root rot is to plant your Lily Pad in well-draining soil and a porous pot. Also, water the plant when the last drink has been exhausted. There is no cure for root rot. When infected, you can only use the healthy part as a cutting to make a new plant.

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How To Propagate Aeonium Lily Pad

Cuttings

Cutting is the most effective propagation method. Take the following steps.

  1. Take a knife and sterilize it with rubbing alcohol or methylated spirit.
  2. Select a healthy stem from the succulent and cut it at the base.
  3. Allow the stem to dry off for a few days under the sun.
  4. Plant the cutting on well-drained soil and water sparingly.

Rooting should occur in two to three weeks.

You can also propagate using leaves. Pick healthy leaves and cut them off at the base, where the leaf connects at the stem. You should leave no part of the leaf on the stem. Else the propagation won’t work. Follow the steps above to grow your new plant. The leaf will eventually become a whole plant, but It will take longer than a stem cutting.

Offsets

  • Cut off the offset using a sharp sterilized knife.
  • Put the offset under shade and allow it to be callous
  • Plant it in the correct type of soil and wait.

It takes a little longer to propagate using the offsets because you have to wait until one appears on the mother plant.

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Leaves

Propagation through leaves is not also very ideal for your Aeonium Lily Pad. You need to carefully remove the leaves from the mother plant. Here are the steps to propagate through leaves successfully.

  • Choose a healthy leave that has no part left and on the stem
  • Before planting, wait from some days for the leaves to callous
  • Use a well-draining soil to plant your Aeonium Lily Pad
  • Make sure to water when your soil dries out

Seeds

Propagating through seeds should be the last option as seeds may not produce mature plants as quickly as other propagation methods. Don’t try to use your seeds as their vitality may be poor. Get certified seeds from a recognized seller.

  • Plant your seeds on well-draining soil, not deeper than one centimeter under the ground.
  • Water the seeds gently after planting. Please note that the soil should be well-draining to avoid waterlogging.
  • Allow the water to dry off before watering again.
  • Keep watering the seedlings when they sprout and never allow waterlogging.

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