HOW TO GROW AEONIUM

7-10 deg C/45-50 deg F

Several species make excellent house-plants. thriving on a bright window-sill. They are succulents from N. Africa. Madeira and Canary Islands, with the leaves borne as rosettes on short or long stems. Their size varies considerably. according to species. Perhaps one of the most frequently seen aeoniums is the attractive A. xdonwsli-cum ‘Varicgatum’. which forms a neat. spreading plant with pleasant green and cream foliage.

A. tabulaeforme. the saucer plant, is given its common name because the rosettes take the shape of flatfish plates and the leaves are tightly packed. Pale yellow flowers are produced on plants two or three years old. but the plant then dies. It is easy to produce new stock by rooting leaves or sowing seed. A. arboreum is quite different, with trunk-like stems bearing the rosettes. These can reach a height of 90cm (3ft). A. a. ‘Atropurpureum is a form with purplish foliage, and is particularly de-

sirable for collections of these plants. Aeoniums usually give little trouble. growing well in John lnnes potting compost No. 2. with a little extra coarse sand or grit, but they nca to be watered generously during summer.

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