I have a large collection of Aeoniums.  I leave them in the garden all summer and bring them into my south facing conversatory in September.  Immediately they are brought in they start dropping their lower leaves.  This continues throughout the winter months with the stems getting longer and longer!  Come Spring they perk up and start growing again.  I have tried gently cutting out the centres (which makes them bushier) but does anyone know a solution to my problem?  Should I water more often?  They are quite dry at the moment.  Also how can I induce them to flower (which one did a couple of years ago).  Please help.


  • Christoper2 - I cannot believe you grow them outside - we went down to -12 last two winters!  Tried overwintering in my unheated greenhouse but even though well wrapped up etc. they rotted off.  In regard to unusual plants - I try to grow things my visitors (I open under the NGS scheme) would not normally see.  Rehmannia, Asarum Splendem, Nicandra, Liriope Muscari, "Spotty Dotty", Eucomis etc. etc.  Also tried a lovely petunia called "Pretty Much Picasso" this year.  They say you can overwinter it but the plant gave up the ghost and so did the cuttings!  I shall try again next year.

  • Help! Something is eating the leaves of my Aeonium Schwarzkopf. 

    Last week the leaves of one of Aeonium had holes like pock marks, are something akin to bites from the edges. Six days later five more Aeonium are in the same condition. Can anyone identify the source of the problem and suggest possible solutions?  Thank you!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,731

    At this time of year I would suspect snail damage, or possibly vine weevils.  Can you show us a picture of the damage?

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,731

    Verdun - Stephanie's question was about holes in the leaves - she tacked it onto the end of the thread about aeoniums dropping leaves - have another coffee! image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • My Aeoniums overwinter in a cold g/h...................and although they tend to lose some of their leaves they quickly pick up once the warm weather arrives.  They require very dry conditions over the winter to stop them from rotting.

    As far as I know they need a good long hot summer for them to flower.  I've only managed it once .

    Mine too have been eaten this winter.......tiny dark green caterpillars ( unsure of what type ).  The same thing has also attacked many other plants - both in garden and g/himage

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