What To Know About Succulent Flowers

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Succulents come in all shapes and sizes. They have diverse care needs and morphologies, and nowhere do these differences play out like in their flowers. Some succulents bloom while others don’t, some flowers grow to maturity, and others fall off easily. Some succulent flowers are small and lowly, adding nothing to the plant’s appearance. There are still succulents that develop showy flowers that are the main attraction to the succulent. Blooming times also vary from plant to plant, and the conditions that facilitate blooming are different in various plants.

Examples Of Succulents With Flowers

Like in all other plants, flowering is a reproductive process in succulents. The flowers mature, give way to fruits, and seed for propagation. The time of blooming differs from succulent to succulent. However, you find plants across a particular genus flowering simultaneously.

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A few examples of common succulent and their flowering times are as follows.

  1. Echeverias: They bloom towards the end of spring and at the beginning of summer. Sometimes they flower in the fall.
  2. Aloe vera: Most aloe varieties bloom in summer, but a few types bloom in winter and fall.
  3. Jade Plants, Hoya, Rhipsalis, and Kalanchoe: These flower in the fall and winter in most instances.

There is a time when most succulents in a genus bloom. However, species in a particular genus will likely be outliers and flower in entirely different seasons. This is especially the case with prominent genera such as echeverias which have hundreds of species. Smaller species are unlikely to have significant deviations. Some species of succulents can flower all year round if conditions are in place. Some Crassulas (Jade plants) fall under this category; they will flower any time of the year as long as there is enough warmth and sunlight.

Types of Flowering Succulents

There are two types of succulents as far as flowering is concerned, monocarpic and polycarpic succulents. Monocarpic succulents are the ones that flower only once before dying. On the other hand, their polycarpic counterparts are perennial plants that bloom every season.

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The mini-succulents, Sempervivum, and the Aeonium species are some of the best-known monocarpic succulents. Every monocarpic plant produces offsets before flowering to continue with the lineage after they die.

Characteristics of Succulent Flowers

Succulents have different morphological characteristics, and their flowers are also different. Graptopetalums, for example, produce star-shaped flowers that grow on woody stalks. The succulent flower stalk grows from the center of the rosette and matures in time for the flower to bloom. The stalk dries up when the flower finally dries up, and they remain standing. It is advisable to remove the dried-up stalk in readiness for the next flowering season.

Other succulents, such as euphorbias, flower directly from the stalk. It is advisable to find information on the type of flowers the succulents you are interested in will produce.

How To Best Encourage Succulents To Bloom With These Caring Conditions

Flowering a succulent is one of the most energy-intensive processes. For your plant to produce flowers as expected, follow these conditions:

Sunlight: Succulents that flower in summer usually needs five to six hours of sunlight (either direct or indirect). If you expose a succulent to excessive/ inadequate sunlight, there will not be flowers. Having enough light is essential.

Soil: Succulents from different families may vary in soil needs, but they all prefer well-draining soil. Providing your succulent with previous soil protects it from root rot – the leading cause for succulents not blooming.

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Water: Water is critical in nurturing succulent flowers. You should ensure they get sufficient water in their flowering season. However, overwatering is unsuitable. Don’t water until the top three inches of the substrate are dry. Keep watering in this cycle until the flowers dry up.

Fertilizer: Flowering requires a lot of minerals. You will need to apply fertilizer monthly in the flowering season. Diluting fertilizers to half-strength is helpful. Furthermore, it would help if you went for fertilizers with a high phosphorus content. Phosphorus is the second number of the three-part fertilizer ratio.

Pruning: Pruning may play an essential role in flowering. When a succulent has redundant suckers, they divert resources to other parts instead of flowering. Pruning will also allow more air circulation into the foliage, facilitating blooming.

Pests and Diseases: Succulents aren’t very susceptible to diseases and pests. You can easily manage it by using a well-draining substrate and watering the plant accordingly. Pests such as mealybugs, scale insects, aphids, slugs, etc., can also attack your succulent. An infestation of pests and diseases reduces the plant’s ability to flower effectively.

Final Thought

The information we have provided here informs you about succulents in a general sense. However, it is essential to zero in on a specific succulent to understand the nuances. Though we mostly grow succulents for their unique foliage, flowers enhance their appearance. We should see to it that the plants bloom to their best.

Flowers also play an essential role in propagation since they leave seeds behind when they wilt. Understanding your succulent’s blooming cycle and needs may enable you to propagate your succulents at home.


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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