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Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' (Red Aeonium)

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Scientific Name

Aeonium 'Jack Catlin'

Common Names

Red Aeonium

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Aeonium

Description

Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' is a beautiful succulent, up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall, that forms clumps with rosettes up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The leaves are green towards the middle and reddish toward the tips. This red color turns a rich red after new growth hardens off in the late spring and holds this color until active growth in the winter.

Photo via agaveville.org

Hardiness

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.

Origin

Aeonium 'Jack Catlin' is a hybrid of Aeonium tabuliforme and Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' created by Jack Catlin and named for him by G. Lyons. It is a sister seedling to Aeonium 'Garnet' and Aeonium 'Zwartkin'.

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