Aeonium lindleyi is a monocarpic succulent plant native to the Canary Islands, belonging to the Crassulaceae family. This eye-catching plant is prized for its beautiful, symmetrical rosettes and unique color-changing foliage that can range from green to yellow and red, depending on the season and light exposure. It is a versatile and low-maintenance succulent, making it an excellent choice for both experienced and novice gardeners looking to add a touch of natural beauty to their indoor or outdoor spaces.
How to Care for Aeonium lindleyi
Sun Exposure & Temperature
Aeonium lindleyi enjoys full sun to partial shade. In hotter climates, provide afternoon shade to prevent sunburn. Ideal temperatures for growth are between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Keep them in a sheltered area during the winter, as they are not frost tolerant.
Aeonium lindleyi needs moderate watering, especially during the active growing season (spring and autumn). Let the soil become dry between watering sessions. In the dormant summer months, reduce watering frequency. Overwatering can cause root rot.
Plant lindleyi in well-draining, sandy, or gritty soil to prevent waterlogged roots. Mixing equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand is a good soil recipe.
Lindleyi thrives in full sun to partial shade, moderate watering, and well-draining, sandy or gritty soil. Protect from frost and avoid overwatering.
How to Propagate Aeonium lindleyi
The easiest way to propagate lindleyi is through stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem with a sharp, sterile knife. Allow the cutting to callus for a few days before placing it in well-draining soil. Keep the soil slightly moist until roots form.
Aeonium lindleyi naturally produces offsets, or small rosettes, around the base of the mother plant. Carefully remove offsets with a clean knife and let them callus for a few days. Plant the offsets in well-draining soil and keep the soil slightly moist until roots develop.
Propagate using stem cuttings or offsets. Allow cuttings to callus before planting in well-draining soil and encouraging root development.
Fertilizing Your Aeonium lindleyi
Fertilize lindleyi with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season. Apply the fertilizer once every 4-6 weeks. Avoid fertilizing during the plant’s dormant summer period.
Common Pests and Diseases
Lindleyi is susceptible to common succulent pests like mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. Treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Root rot is a common issue caused by overwatering; ensure proper drainage and avoid waterlogged soil to prevent this problem.
Where to Buy
Buy Aeonium lindleyi at Mountain Crest Gardens