Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’, also known as Aeonium ‘Sunburst’, is a striking succulent that is becoming increasingly popular with home and garden growers. With its distinctive rosette-shaped leaves that range in color from bright yellow to green with red edges, Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ can add a splash of color and texture to any room. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this beautiful plant, exploring its origins, growth characteristics, care requirements, and propagation methods. Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out, this article will give you all the information you need to successfully grow and care for Aeonium Sunburst.
Description of Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
This is a super attractive flowering succulent in the Crassulaceae family. It has various common names such as Aeonium ‘Sunburst’, ‘Copper Pinwheel’, ‘Tree Aeonium’ and ‘Tree Houseleek’.
It is not known exactly where or when Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’ was first cultivated. However, it is believed to be a hybrid between Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ and Aeonium decorum ‘Variegatum’.
The former has dark purple leaves and the latter has mottled leaves with cream and green stripes. Aeonium Sunburst was probably created by crossing these two plants to produce a variety with yellow and green mottled leaves with pink and red edges. Aeonium Sunburst has since become a favorite among succulent enthusiasts for its unique coloration and striking appearance.
It has fleshy leaves with a slightly wavy edge and can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The leaves near the center of the rosette are yellow with green edges. The colors may intensify or fade depending on the amount of sunlight received.
Aeonium Sunburst usually grows 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) tall and can spread up to 3 feet (90 cm) wide. The plant has a branching habit with several rosettes growing from a single stem. The stem itself becomes woody and quite thick over time.
Like all Eoniums, this succulent is monocarpic (blooms once and then dies). When it blooms, it produces a long peduncle from the center of the rosette, which can reach 3 feet (90 cm) in height, with clusters of small yellow flowers. Flowers appear in late winter to early spring.
Is Aeonium Sunburst toxic to humans or animals?
This is a succulent plant that is not considered toxic to humans or animals. However, as with any plant, there is a risk of gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large quantities. If you have pets, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on them around plants and make sure they don’t eat them, as some pets have a tendency to chew on plants.
However, you should always wash your hands after handling any plant, as some people have allergies or sensitivities to certain plants that can cause skin irritation or other reactions.
How to care for your Aeonium Sunburst indoors
What do you need to know when growing a succulent?
The Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ prefers a well-drained soil mix specifically designed for cacti and succulents. Alternatively, you can mix your own substrate consisting of one third coarse sand, one third perlite and one third peat moss. This mix can provide good drainage while retaining moisture.
Succulents thrive in full sunlight. For best results, place the succulent in a location where it receives at least six hours of bright direct light. However, if you live in a very hot area, the plant will benefit from shade. Be sure to protect the plant from direct afternoon sun.
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The Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ is winter hardy in USDA Zones 9 to 12. The succulent prefers warm temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. It is a delicate plant that does not tolerate low temperatures or extreme heat. Keep the plant away from windows with drafts or vents.
This hybrid succulent prefers dry air and does not require high humidity. However, if you live in a dry climate, you can increase humidity by watering the plant regularly or placing a small bowl of water next to it.
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ is a drought tolerant plant that does not need frequent watering. However, the soil should be kept slightly moist during the growing season and allowed to dry out between waterings to prevent the roots from rotting. The best way to water the plant is the familiar “soak and dry” method.
Water deeply so that the water reaches the roots, then allow the soil to dry before watering again.
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ should not be watered or fertilized when dormant. However, you will need to intervene in the watering process if outdoor conditions are excessively dry.
The succulent needs a balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K). You can use a slow release fertilizer, liquid fertilizer or organic fertilizer. Water Aeonium thoroughly before fertilizing to prevent the fertilizer from burning the roots. Apply the diluted fertilizer to the soil around the base of the plant, being careful not to get it on the leaves. Fertilize Aeonium Sunburst once a month during the growing season, which usually lasts from spring to fall. However, stop fertilizing during the summer months when the plant is dormant.
Does the succulent need pruning?
The Aeonium Sunburst does not need regular pruning. However, you can remove dead or damaged leaves to encourage healthy growth. You can also trim the tops of the stems to encourage branching.
How to propagate Aeonium Sunburst
This attractive plant is a monocarpic succulent, which means that the main plant will die back after flowering. Therefore, it should be propagated by stem cuttings so that the plant will keep you company for longer.
Aeonium Sunburst is easy to propagate by following these steps:
- First, select a healthy stem that is at least 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and has several leaves. It is best to take cuttings in the spring or summer when the plant is actively growing.
- Using sharp, sterile scissors or pruning shears, make a clean cut at the base of the stem just below the leaf node.
- Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving only a few at the top. This will allow the plant to channel its energy into rooting and new growth.
- Allow the cuttings to dry in a shaded area for a day or two. This will help prevent rot and promote callus formation, which will help the cuttings root more easily.
- When the cuttings are callused, plant them in a well-drained soil mixture, such as a mixture of perlite and peat moss. Make a hole in the soil and gently place the cuttings in it, compacting the soil around them.
Water the cuttings carefully, making sure the soil is moist but not soggy. It is important to avoid overwatering as this can cause the cuttings to rot.
- Place the pot in a bright location, avoiding direct sunlight or areas that are too shaded. The cuttings should take root and start growing within a few weeks.
When you see new growth, you can transplant the cutting into a larger pot or plant it directly in the ground.
Problems with the care of Aeonium Sunburst
Here is a brief description of some common problems that may occur with Aeonium Sunburst and how to solve them:
- Overwatering: This succulent is susceptible to root rot if watered too often. Overwatering causes the leaves to wilt and turn brown or black. To prevent this problem, make sure the soil is well-drained and allow it to dry out between waterings. If the plant shows signs of overwatering, stop watering immediately and allow the soil to dry completely before watering again.
- Watering too infrequently: Aeonium Sunburst can also be damaged if it is watered infrequently or sparingly. The leaves may become dry and brittle, and the plant itself may wilt or droop. To avoid underwatering, keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch, but do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
- Pest damage: The succulent is generally resistant to pests, but may be susceptible to mealybugs, spider mites, and scale mites. These pests can damage the leaves and weaken the plant. To prevent pest infestations, inspect the plant regularly for signs of pests, such as cobwebs or white powdery spots on the leaves. If you find pests, treat the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil according to the instructions on the product label.
- Sunburn: Aeonium Sunburst prefers bright but indirect sunlight and can suffer from too much direct sunlight. You may notice that the leaves turn brown or yellow, dry and crisp. To prevent sunburn, place the plant in a location with bright but indirect sunlight, or shade it if it receives too much direct sunlight.
- Nutrient deficiencies: A succulent can become nutrient deficient if it is not regularly fertilized. This can cause the leaves to turn pale or yellow. To prevent nutrient deficiencies, feed the plant a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season, following the directions on the product label.
Popular Varieties of Aeonium Sunburst
Although this succulent is a popular cultivar, there are not many different varieties. However, several similar varieties can be identified:
- Aeonium ‘Sunburst Variegated’: This variety is similar to Aeonium Sunburst, but has variegated leaves with creamy edges.
- Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’: This variety has the same rosettes as Aeonium Sunburst, but has leaves with pink edges.
- Aeonium ‘Sunburst cristata’: A small-leaved cristate variety characterized by relatively rapid growth and active segmentation of the stem. The individual “crests” are usually 1-2 inches (2-5 cm) long and form a group.
Q: How do I propagate Aeonium ‘Sunburst?
A: This succulent can be propagated by stem cuttings. Simply cut off a healthy stem, let it dry for a day or two, and then plant it in well-drained soil.
Q: Why is my Aeonium ‘Sunburst dying?
A: The plant can die due to overwatering, lack of moisture, lack of sunlight, or exposure to extreme temperatures. It is important to make sure the plant gets the right amount of water and sunlight and is not exposed to extreme temperatures.
Q: What temperatures can Aeonium Sunburst tolerate?
A: This succulent can tolerate temperatures of 40-90°F (4.5-32°C). However, it is best to keep the plant at 60-75°F (15.5-24°C).
Q: How often should I water Aeonium Sunburst?
A: All Aeoniums should be watered when the soil becomes dry to the touch. This usually means watering every 1-2 weeks, depending on the temperature and humidity of the environment.
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