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How to take aeonium cuttings

Overview

Dark-leaved Aeonium 'Zwartkop' is a dramatic evergreen exotic for growing in containers that stores water in its thick leaves. You can propagate it by taking cuttings, which should root in a few weeks. Take cuttings while the plants are still in active growth, to encourage speedy rooting.

Select young, slender shoots as propagation material. These will root more easily and have more vigour than older, thicker shoots.

After you've followed the steps below, leave your cuttings uncovered and keep them at a temperature of 18-20°C indoors, in a well-lit place such as on a sunny windowsill. Water your cuttings sparingly until they have rooted, taking care not to water directly onto the leaves. Aim to keep the compost barely moist at all times.


How to do it

1

Take cuttings of healthy shoots with stems around 10cm long. Hold the stem in your hand to steady it and cut it off flush with the main stem so you don't leave a snag. Use sharp secateurs to make a clean cut.


2

Place the cuttings on their side and leave them somewhere dry and warm for a few days until the wound has calloused (see cutting on left of picture). This will reduce the chance of the cutting developing rot later on.


3

Insert cuttings into deep 5cm or 8cm pots of soil-based potting compost mixed with equal parts grit. Firm the compost at the base of the cutting and make sure that at least half of the stem is above compost level.


4

Sprinkle a 1cm layer of crushed grit or perlite over the compost surface after gently watering each cutting. Give the pot a shake to leave a level surface. This layer helps keep the stem dry by improving drainage.




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Ginny May 25/07/2014 at 00:51

Interesting that you say these are for growing in pots. We were in Cornwall 2 weeks ago, and visited Eden Project and Heligan, and I was surprised to see these growing in beds, and thinking of doing. the same. I wonder if they remain out down there all year, or are taken in in winter

Buzzy2 25/07/2014 at 07:13

Hi Ginny May, as far as I know they are not winter hardy.

As they are Succulents cut off the piece you want for a new plant and let it dry for a few days, then pot it up in gritty compost.

Verdun 25/07/2014 at 08:19

I'm in Cornwall.  Yes I have grown aeoniums in the ground and kept there over winter. Sometimes it works sometimes not.  Often it's been a late spring frost that catches them. 

In nearby Perranporth in a garden overlooking the sea a mass plantImg of aeonium swarkskopf survived at least 3 years.

I keep one plant outside in a pot but always bring a plant or two indoors too.

It may be better to let cuttimgs dry out first but I never do.....they are taken and inserted immediately.  I reduce the height and take several cuttings from this reduction.  Spring through to late summer  

SOULSISTER 31/07/2014 at 08:46

hi,Ginny I put mine into a sunny bed in front of my shed every year, then lift and put in the conservatory in winter, they are fine in there and its not heated.

!jasmine1 02/08/2014 at 20:26

I grew an aeonium from a cutting 2 years ago, it looks healthy and is now huge, size of a dinner plate, but has made no side shoots! Help?

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