For those of us who are fascinated by succulents, it is very satisfying to be able to talk or tell others about our little plants, the reasons why we love them, and practically want to initiate everyone in this exciting hobby of collecting succulents. Learn all about Aeonium Kiwi care in this article.
If you like succulents with colors different from green, this little plant is ideal for you, since it has three shades that make it look very beautiful, which is why in some places it is also known as Aeonium Kiwi Tricolor, so let’s learn all about it and its care.
Characteristics of the Aeonium Kiwi
Aeonium Kiwi is a succulent of the Crassulaceae family, it is a hybrid of the succulent known as Aeonium Haworthii, that is, it does not exist wild in nature, it is not known exactly where it was created.
This succulent can reach a maximum height of 20” (50 cm), its leaves, in the form of a rosette, are triangular, small, and with serrated edges, its coloration is green with yellow in the center and the edges turn a pinkish color.
It is a very showy succulent and ideal for long pots, as it grows like a shrub and is very prolific.
Aeonium Kiwi Care:
Below we will explain everything you need to know to properly care for your Aeonium Kiwi.
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Unlike other succulents, the Aeonium Kiwi tolerates little direct sun exposure, so it is advisable to place it in an area where it gets very good lighting or half shade or, if you have space where it only gets between 2 to 3 hours of morning sun it would be perfect, by doing this you will notice that its colors will intensify more.
If you place it under the total shade, it will not have the three colors and it will only turn green.
If we place it where it has direct sun exposure for more than 3 hours it runs the risk of suffering burns in its leaves, it is a little delicate in this aspect.
As with all succulents, to avoid having problems with our Aeonium Kiwi the recommendation is to water them whenever the substrate is completely dry with abundant irrigation.
It is necessary to take into account the period of rest of the Aeonium Kiwi that is from spring to summer, during this lapse it is necessary to reduce the irrigations to the minimum. Its growth period starts in winter until early spring, during this period we can water it more frequently, just taking care that the substrate does not become waterlogged and drains well.
The Aeonium Kiwi does not tolerate low temperatures or frost, so if you live in an area where the temperature reaches below 35°F (2°C) it must be sheltered either indoors or with some protection such as anti-frost fabric.
To provide an ideal substrate to our Aeonium Kiwi we can place the substrate that is used specifically in cactus, or if you do not have it just take care that it is well-drained and does not clog, this will ensure that our Kiwi is in good condition.
If you require any transplanting of your seedling, we recommend you to do it during its active period. For the correct care of the Aeonium Kiwi, we recommend this substrate (Order it here).
This succulent does not need constant fertilization, so if we have it potted it will be enough to fertilize it once a month during its active period, you can use banana peel tea, ground eggshells, or some other soft organic fertilizer.
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How to Propagate Aeonium Kiwi
When our Aeonium Kiwi is already a mature plant, i.e., already has a considerable size, thicker stems, and has branched we can easily propagate it by cuttings.
We will only cut the cuttings that we need of our seedling, we will let them heal (one week will be more than enough), and later we will plant them in the substrate that we have ready.
Be careful that this propagation must be done during the active period of our Aeonium Kiwi.
We can also propagate it by separating the offspring that are born next to the rosettes or the stem, you will not have greater difficulty since it is a very prolific succulent.
Flowering Aeonium Kiwi
They usually bloom in late winter or early spring; it can vary a little depending on the area where you are.
The flowers of the Aeonium Kiwi are clusters of star-shaped flowers that are born from the center of the rosettes, they are faintly yellow, an additional fact of flowering is that once it culminates, the rosette where the floral rod was born dies, but do not worry because the plant, in general, will remain alive and giving more rosettes.
Common Problems with Aeonium Kiwi
The Aeonium Kiwi like most succulents is susceptible to rotting problems by overwatering, so be careful not to overdo it because we can also make it prone to attack the mealybug, we recommend that you monitor regularly your Aeonium to detect any pest attack in time.
They also tend to get black spots on the underside of their leaves, do not panic, it is normal in this succulent.
We hope you liked this article about Aeonium Kiwi care, a succulent with a lot of colors.