Aeonium castello-paivae 'Variegata'
Aeonium castello-paivae f. variegata, Aeonium 'Suncup', Aeonium castello-paivae 'Suncup'
Aeonium castello-paivae 'Variegata', also known as Aeonium 'Suncup', is one of the most delightful evergreen, variegated cultivars with succulent rosettes. It is small a succulent but produces multiple offsets and forms compact clumps up to (12 inches (30 cm) tall and about the same in diameter. The rosettes are up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The leaves are with cream, green and yellow variegation and pink margins when grown in full sun. White flowers bloom in summer.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Aeoniums do not like really hot or dry weather. They may go dormant in summer and do not require any water, except in very dry conditions. In extreme heat, their leaves will curl, to prevent excessive water loss. Growing them in moist shade will keep them growing, but their true growth season is winter to spring, when temperatures are cool, 65 to 75 °F (18 to 24 °C), and damp. In the winter, water whenever the soil has dried out. Test by poking your finger down into the soil an inch or 2 (2.5 to 5 cm). Too much moisture or allowing them to sit in wet soil will cause root rot.
A sandy loam or regular potting mix is better than a mix specifically for cacti and succulents, since Aeonium need some moisture. If you are growing them in containers, repot every 2 to 3 years with fresh potting soil.
Feed during the growing season with a half strength balanced fertilizer, every month or so. Do not feed while dormant.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Aeonium castello-paivae 'Variegata' is a variegated cultivar of Aeonium castello-paivae.
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