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Aeonium dying due to frost?

Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
About a month ago, I brought my gorgeous aeonium in from the garden (it had been out all winter, covered in a thermal blanket) after the recent heavy snow. I found that the majority of the leaves had turned black and the stems had bent and were also blackened. I chopped off a couple of the heads but left 3 that still had green leaves, just to see what would happen. 

A week after i noticed new 'heads' growing in the centre of the old ones but I don't know if I should leave as is, or break them off and repot?

please help! I love this plant and can't believe I've killed it!!! 😩


  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,197
    It doesn't look like it will recover from that but the new growth is promising. The main stem seem ok so it might regrow from below the dead bits if you're lucky. If the black bits go soft then I'd chop them to stop any rot spreading but if they sty hard them leave it for now and see what happens. Plenty of light and ventilation should give it the best chance.

    Mine has been inside all winter and is in full flower right now but also has a few of those little rosettes forming as well.
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
    Thanks so much for that. I usually bring it in, but thought I'd keep it out this year as it had large rosettes and I thought it would do ok under the cover. I had a Swarzkopf one too (not sure thats how to spell it!?!) but it was completely bent over and died in the frost. Gutted!  :'(
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
    Do you think I should cut off the main stem under the blackened bit?
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,197
    You could do. It looks like they're going to drop off anyway. I'd wait and see what happens with the new growth first though. As long as there is no soft rot it might be able to recover on its own.

    Most aeoniums do their growing during winter and go dormant over the summer so it's best to keep them inside in winter so they're warm enough to grow and you can control the watering.
  • dannysondannyson Posts: 60
    Feel the stem and cut down at an angle to the harder bits - you may be surprised, in a few weeks or more (give it time!) you might see some regeneration from the stem and then cut back down to these new bits - if it happens!.....
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,009
    I would cut one of the stalks off leaving about 2-3 inches of stem and stick it in a pot of very gritty soil. Keep it moist and see if it will regenerate some roots. 
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  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
    Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I'll get to it today and take advantage of the sun to get outside.  B) B)thanks again
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
    So one of the stems snapped - I'll try reporting that one 
  • Mousey3Mousey3 PottonPosts: 83
    I mean repotting!! Ha ha! I'll make sure to bring them indoors winter time from now on. 
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