Aeonium 'Big Bang' is a succulent with an array of lime-green markings against a contrasting dark purple background.
Aeonium 'Big Bang'
Aeonium 'Big Bang' is an eye-catching succulent with stems terminated in rosettes of spoon-shaped, dark purple to almost black leaves with irregular lime green stripes and splotches. The stems are erect or ascending and often branched near the base. Each rosette has a unique degree and pattern of the variegation. Due to the unstable nature of this plant, some rosettes may be completely green, while others may be completely dark purple.
Flowering has not been observed to date.
The origin of Aeonium 'Big Bang' is uncertain, but it was thought to be a sport of Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' that was selected in South Korea.
How to Grow and Care for Aeonium 'Big Bang'
Light: Aeonium 'Big Bang' thrives in full sun to partial shade, but in summer, light shade may be necessary, especially during the hotter afternoon hours. When growing indoors, ensure it receives as much bright indirect light as possible to prevent the plant from becoming leggy and stretched.
Soil: Unlike most succulents, this plant requires a sandy loam or regular potting soil amended with perlite. Avoid placing it in premade soil mixes designed for succulents since it needs more moisture than they typically provide.
Temperature: Aeonium 'Big Bang' does not like hot or dry weather, so it may go dormant in summer. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Water the plant thoroughly in spring and fall, allowing the soil to dry before watering again. During the winter, water it more sparingly. Although this plant requires more water than most succulents, too much moisture can lead to root rot. During its dormancy in summer, stop watering except in arid conditions.
Fertilizing: To stimulate growth and improve the plant's appearance, apply a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength only during the growing season.
Repotting: If growing Aeonium 'Big Bang' in a container, repot it every two to three years during the spring. Choose a container with drainage holes to prevent root rot.
Propagation: This plant is easy to propagate by stem cuttings. Take cuttings in spring and allow the cut end to dry for several days before planting.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Toxicity of Aeonium 'Big Bang'
Aeonium 'Big Bang' is considered non-toxic, so it is safe for growing around children and pets.
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