Aeonium gomerense (Praeger) Praeger
This species is native to the Canary Islands. It occurs on La Gomera at elevations between 1,640 and 3,610 feet (500 and 1,100 m).
Aeonium gomerense is a loosely branched succulent shrub with ascending or pendent branches that end in rather flattish rosettes of green leaves, often reddish along the margins. It grows up to 6.6 feet (2 m) tall. Rosettes are up to 11.2 inches (28 cm) in diameter. Branches are smooth, reticulate, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are obovate to oblanceolate with cilia on the margins, up to 5.6 inches (14 cm) long and 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. They are green, often reddish along the margins.
Flowers are 7- to 9-merous, have whitish petals with a greenish lower surface, and appear in a large egg-shaped cluster on an up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall stalk in late winter and spring. The flower cluster is up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter.
How to Grow and Care for Aeonium gomerense
Light: A. gomerense grows best in full sun to partial shade. Indoors, give it bright indirect light as much as possible. A leggy, stretched plant is a sign of not getting enough light.
Soil: While most succulents do well when planted in a potting mix specifically formulated for succulents, sandy loam or regular potting mix amended with perlite is better for A. gomerense because it requires some more moisture.
Temperature: This succulent does not like hot or dry weather and may go dormant in summer. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 °F (18 and 24 °C). A. gomerense can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: A. gomerense requires more water than most succulents, but too much moisture will lead to root rot. In spring and fall, water the plant thoroughly, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Water more sparingly in winter. The plant does not need to be watered during its dormancy in summer except in arid conditions.
Fertilizing: Feed your plant during the growing season with a half-strength balanced fertilizer once a month. Do not feed A. gomerense when it is dormant in the summer months.
Repotting: If you are growing A. gomerense in a container, repot every two to three years with fresh potting soil. Choose a container with drainage holes to avoid standing water and root rot.
Propagation: This succulent is very easy to propagate from cuttings. The best time to take cuttings is spring. Allow the cut end to dry for several days before placing it in the soil. It can also be propagated by seed. Sow the seeds in spring.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aeonium.
Toxicity of Aeonium gomerense
A. gomerense is non-toxic to humans and animals.
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