Aeonium Medusa

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We will get to know the type of succulent, Aeonium Medusa, for this article. It is said to be one of the most beautiful variegated Aeoniums. Continue reading and get to know this plant better. Be amazed and wander through Aeonium Medusa’s beauty. With this article, we hope that you’ll be able to discover this plant’s uniqueness and might consider it as your next plant baby.

Origin Of Aeonium Medusa

Aeonium ‘Medusa’ is like a fancy version of Aeonium “Velour.” It started in China but later found a home in Holland, where Aeonium “Velour” is from.

Physical Features

Aeonium Medusa didn’t grow as much, but it grew up to 45cm in height and 40cm spread with its layers of branches.

Aeonium ‘Medusa’ is a cool plant with unique leaves. Like Medusa’s hair in stories, it can be a bunch of thick, shiny leaves in a circle. The leaves often show up with dark green or reddish. Each leaf of Aeonium ‘Medusa’ serves as a storage tank for water, which helps this succulent survive long periods of dryness.

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When it’s time to bloom, Aeonium ‘Medusa’ produces flowers that look like stars. They shoot up like tall, skinny spikes with bright yellow color. This period usually happens in the spring and early summer. Interestingly, the middle part might fade away after it blooms. But no worries! This Aeonium will make new baby plants called “pups” at the bottom to continue flowering.

The roots of Aeonium ‘Medusa’ are like chill explorers. They don’t dive deep but prefer to stay close to the surface to catch water and nutrients. Each root can be a water storage, which is helpful in dry time. These roots don’t always like being in water, so it’s important to let extra water escape quickly from the soil.

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Care Tips

Sunlight: Aeonium Medusa will thrive in full sunlight but survive with partial indirect sunlight. If you choose to place this plant indoors, make sure that it is getting enough sunlight by putting it near a sunny window or using grow lights. Besides, it generally gets benefit from about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. This duration will ensure its primary growth.

Temperatures: It prefers to grow at a moderate temperature at around 65°F to 75°F, but also survives low humidity. It can also survive cold temperatures lower than 30°F for a more extended period.

Watering: Like most succulents, Aeonium Medusa doesn’t need much watering. You should water it every five to ten days during a regular day. When dormant seasons come, you should reduce the frequency to once a month or even less. When watering, make sure to be conscious of moisture that can create problems with your plants.

Soil: Aeonium Medusa needs a well-draining soil mix. You may combine cactus potting mix and some perlite to enhance the draining capacity of your soil.

Potting: The terracotta pot is ideal for this succulent because of its holes. Terracotta will allow moisture to evaporate faster and enable the water to drain more quickly. Make sure you choose a pot that is the same size as the plant’s root ball.

Fertilizer: You may use fertilizer for Aeonium Medusa during its growing season, and you may lessen it during the summer season.

Seasons: Unlike most succulents, Aeonium Medusa’s dormant season is summer, and it usually grows well during the winter season.

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Pests And Diseases

Watch out for pests’ attacks. Common problems are aphids, mealybugs, mites, and scale. To avoid pain, you may spray some water or mild insecticidal soap.

Aside from pests, don’t be surprised that ants invade your succulent, as when mealybugs and aphids attack this plant, they produce a sugary compound that could be pretty attractive for ants.

Due to summer underwater, intensely hot, and dry weather conditions, Aeonium Medusa could shed some leaves. If this happens, you need to water immediately. Aside from shedding, your Aeonium Medusa might also get sunburns and change its color when exposed to too much sun. When discoloration appears, you need to put them in a shaded place.

How To Propagate Aeonium Medusa

Two methods are available to propagate Aeonium Medusa. First, you could use Aeonium Medusa’s cuttings to reproduce. Take a leaf-cutting by using a sterilized knife or scissors. Once you have successfully removed that cutting, leave it for some days to callous. After that, you may plant them on a well-draining soil mix. If you successfully plant Aeonium Medusa’s cutting, roots may already form within a week.

Aside from cuttings, you may propagate this plant using its leaves. Remove a healthy leaf by twisting it off from the mother plant for this method. Indeed, these two methods allow you to propagate Aeonium Medusa and let it grow into a new healthy plant.

Summary

Reading through this article, we hope you’ll be able to visualize the beauty of Aeonium Medusa. This incredible plant is a crowd’s favorite due to its vibrant red color and unique stripes or patches. Furthermore, it is placed by the window to access sunlight but is also still shaded and protected for the winter season. And Aeonium Medusa doesn’t need much water, just like every other succulent. So, if you are looking for a rare, low-maintenance, but vibrant-looking plant as your new plant baby, Aeonium Medusa might be the perfect succulent for you.

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