The Aeonium Kiwi is a succulent plant of the Crassulaceae family, native to the Canary Islands, Ethiopia, and the Arabian Peninsula.
This plant is really beautiful and is an excellent option to add to a collection of succulents.
They are in the form of a small tree with dry stems of 0.2 to 0.4 cm in diameter.
Each of these stems has a flat apical rosette of 5 to 8 cm in diameter.
The leaves are thick and flat that are covered with eyelashes and a reddish border that ends in a soft tip.
In there natural form, the Aeonium Kiwi shows creamy yellow leaves and pink leaves when they are young, which then turn green at maturity.
The entire plant becomes a shrub with multiple round rosettes, wider than tall.
Tips for growing and caring for Aeonium Kiwi
The Aeonium Kiwi is delicate succulents, which does not support a very high or very low temperature, they need more watering than the rest of the succulents and they are resistant to salt.
For the Aeonium Kiwi to remain with that coloring as beautiful as the character, a good illumination for the plant is indispensable.
However, it is more prone to burn more easily than other succulents, so you must be careful with the amount of sun that you give to the plant and the temperature should not drop below 7ºC.
The Aeonium support a little more moisture than other succulents, but despite this, it is important to ensure that the substrate has good drainage.
A rich soil with coarse sand and put in pots or rockets, replanting them every year after flowering and stems wither.
They can be grown as indoor plants with lots of light and a little water or in windows.
To multiply it, it is enough to introduce some leaf of the rosette into a sandy soil.
It is one of the plants that best reproduces by leaf cutting. You just cut a branch and wait for it to heal, which usually takes 3 to 5 days.
Aeonium kiwi spreads best during the winter.
When growing Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.
When growing from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a stem from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.
Something very important about this plant is that it has a growth and rest different from the other succulents and therefore different care.
Aeonium kiwi grows in winter at the beginning of spring and rests from spring to summer.
Another very important thing is that the Aeonium kiwi requires more watering than other succulent plants.
Generally, they should be watered once a week in the active growing season.
And from the end of spring to summer just water them when their leaves begin to wrinkle.
Pests or diseases:
Practically free of pests and diseases. But we must be attentive since they can be attacked by the woolly cochineal and aphids.
It is important that every 15 days water this plant with liquid fertilizer in the irrigation water during spring and summer.
A fun fact this plant is the winner of the prestigious award of garden merit of the royal horticultural society.
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