Watering and spraying
The succulent plant between its origin from the north of the African continent and from circumscribed areas of the European continent and is classified in the very wide and variegated family grouping of the Crassulaceae. This evergreen is often used in the embellishment of balconies and terraces for aesthetics and the colors of its compact foliage, as well as for the characteristic and lively inflorescence. It must be periodically and appropriately wet during the spring and summer season, at regular and close frequencies, where the waterings will be significantly reduced, without ever interrupting, in the remaining part of the year. The spraying of the Aeonium should be carried out only when the cultivated land is duly dried up, in order to avoid the possible onset of fungal pathologies at the roots.
The Aeonium ornamental can be placed with some difficulty in parks or other green spaces, suffering unfavorable weather conditions, while it will find ideal accommodation in a container inside the house. In any case, a soft earth, not very compact and not necessarily equipped with organic substances, will be prepared, to which will be added sandy materials to ensure the proper and efficient drainage. With the arrival of spring warmth, the evergreen must be subjected annually to repotting operations, using more spacious containers to accommodate and support the growth of the roots. It will also be advisable to periodically remove the aged and worn leaves and withered and withered inflorescences.
Placed in the open air or inside a vase, the landscaping plant will, however, be effectively fertilized for the purpose of taking the necessary nutrients. The fertilization will be exclusively concentrated in the spring and summer period, every 20-25 days, with absolute stasis during the cold period. As a rule, liquid fertilizers can be used, conveniently dissolved in the spraying water, while less in use for the Aeonium but not to be excluded are those of a solid nature, granular with prolonged and deferred release. It must be a specific fertilizer and contain a moderate preponderance of potassium and phosphorus ingredients with respect to the remaining nitrogenous macrocomponent, as well as the presence of useful microelements, especially iron and manganese.
Aeonium: Positioning and pathologies
The magnificent succulent plant will appreciate a sunny and very illuminated habitat, even with moderate exposure to solar radiation, while it will suffer shady environments or affected by sudden drafts of air. It will like mild and temperate climatic conditions: if the temperature drops below 8-9 ° C it will be worth repairing and protecting it with fabrics or other suitable materials. Finally, the Aeonium can be threatened by mold and rot at the roots, attributable to the overabundant environmental humidity or to the erroneous positioning, as well as attacked by various insects and parasites, such as aphids and cochineal. In the last circumstance, the animals must be promptly eliminated, using biological products and detergents and, in the most serious cases, specific insecticide.