Dinner Plate Aeonium
In the north and west of Tenerife these extraordinary succulents can be found clinging to rocky outcrops, often growing vertically.
In our less benign climate, treat them as low maintenance houseplants, bearing in mind the mantra - not too hot, cold, wet or dry. Water only when completely dry and avoid getting water on the leaves.
To repot use a mix of 1 part compost to 3 parts grit - not cactus compost. Feed monthly only with a very dilute solution of balanced fertiliser.
It takes 2 -3 years before they produce their weird flower stalk that rises from the centre of the 'plate.' Unfortunately they are monocarpic (they will die after flowering) but do set an abundance of dust like seed from which they are easily grown.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
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