Dinner plate aeonium
In the north and west of Tenerife these extraordinary succulents can be found clinging to rocky outcrops, often growing vertically or moulding themselves to the shape of the terrain. In the UK, they are low maintenance houseplants and can grow into a large sized dinner plate shape.
Treat as any succulent, which means not too hot, cold, wet or dry. Bright filtered light is best rather than burning sun. 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 - or a good quality cactus compost with extra grit. 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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