Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty' (Blushing Aeonium)
Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty' is an attractive succulent with rosettes of pale green leaves tinged with red on top of thick stems that grow up to 2 feet…
Aeoniums can be grown both indoors and outdoors, either as container plants or in ground. Whether indoors or outdoors, provide a suitable well draining potting mix to give them the best chance at survival. I keep all of my aeoniums outdoors and they are growing happily.
We have mild winters here in Northern California and I leave them outside all year. They tolerate mild frost and even freezing temperatures. Some aeonium species are more frost tolerant than others.
Just like with other succulent plants, Aeoniums need a well draining soil. I like to use a cactus potting mix combined with perlite for added drainage. I do not use exact measurements but eyeball it to about 1:1 solution of cactus mix and perlite. Others recommend using a sandy soil.
This can be achieved by mixing cactus mix or potting soil with coarse sand (about 2:1 ratio). Or you can use a combination of potting mix, coarse sand, perlite or pumice. To find out more about soil for succulents and different materials to use, please read my post “Best Soil and Fertilizers for Succulents”. If you need help finding these materials online, you can find them easily on my resource page.
Watering largely depends on the climate you live in. Watering schedule is determined by the season, the weather and humidity in your area. I live in a very dry climate so my watering schedule is adapted to the dry conditions of my environment. In the summer, during intense heat, I water my aeoniums every 7-10 days, giving them a good drink. I cut back on watering to about 10-14 days when the weather cools down.
If you live in a humid location, you won’t need to water as much. During winter season, I mostly rely on rainwater and hold back on watering altogether because this is when we get a lot of rain in my area. But if we don’t get any rain at all during winter I water at least once every 2-3 weeks.
Aeoniums in particular love the rain during winter. This is when they look their best and plump up and grow actively. Winter to early spring time are the growing seasons for these plants.
Tip: Collect and save rainwater in a container with a lid. Use it to water aeoniums and notice how well they look. Rainwater contains the right amount of minerals for succulents to thrive.
One good way to check whether it’s time to water is to check the moisture of the soil. The top inch of the soil needs to feel dry before you can water again. If you are unsure how much and how often to water in the beginning, it’s always better to underwater and increase watering as needed. Pay attention to how your plant looks and you can adjust watering accordingly.
Along with watering habits, pay attention to your watering techniques. Water your plants thoroughly instead of misting. I never mist my aeoniums, even stem cuttings. I give them a good drink and then leave them alone until the next watering.
If you are misting instead of watering, the plant may not be getting enough water because the water may not be reaching the roots of the plant where the water needs to go to be absorbed.
Don’t be afraid to give the plant a good drink of water, let the water reach the roots of the plant so the plant can absorb it from the root up.
If you need further help with watering techniques, consider using tools like hygrometers or moisture meters to check for moisture in the soil and air.
These tools are pretty affordable and can come in handy when needed. Here are some moisture meters that I recommend.
Interested in finding out more about watering succulents? Visit my post “How And When To Water Succulents” where I go into details about this topic.
They sure love the rain and plump up right after. Here’s some pictures of my aeoniums after the rain.
Outdoor Sunlight Requirements
Aeoniums can tolerate a wide range of sun exposure, from full sun to partial shade. Provide as much sunlight as you can. If you are planning to place the plant in full sun or if you want to increase sun exposure, you need to acclimate the plant to prevent sun damage to the leaves. Aeoniums that are not acclimated to intense sun will suffer from sunburn. Slowly increase the amount of sunlight until the plant becomes acclimated to full sun.
Even a mature plant that has been acclimated to full sun can still suffer from sunburn under a heatwave or extreme heat. During extreme heat or heat waves, even aeoniums that have been acclimated to full sun can suffer from sunburn. Provide sun shade or sun protection as needed or move to a shadier location. Here are some sun shades that I recommend that will help save your plants from extreme heat.
For further details and information on outdoor sunlight requirements, please visit my post “How Much Sunlight Do Succulents Need Outdoors?” to get some useful tidbits.
Indoor Lighting Requirements
If kept indoors, provide as much light as possible. Not enough light indoors coupled with too much water is a sure recipe for disaster for these plants. If you notice the plant etiolating or stretching and becoming leggy, it means the plant is not receiving enough and and is stretching out towards the sun to get more. Move the plant to a brighter location.
Generally, an east facing window as well as south or west facing are well tolerated. You may need to move the plant around a few times to find the right spot. If you are unable to provide adequate light indoors or if you have long, dark winters, consider using a growlight to keep your plants happy. Investing in a growlight will help keep your plants thriving indoors even if the quality of lighting is poor. Here are some growlights I recommend.
To read more about this topic on indoor lighting for succulents, check out my post on “Proper Lighting for Succulents Indoors” to get some helpful tips.