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Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Posted by Leighla none (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 6:11

Hi all! I'm to this forum and sort of new to growing plants in general.

Over the past year I've really taken a liking to cacti and succulents. We've got a number on our terrace here in Rome, Italy. I leave all of them out over the winter since it hardly ever gets below freezing temps.

I've got this plant (below) that I'm not quite sure what it is, or if it normally looks like this (v leggy?). It's always been sitting on a windowsill that barely gets much sun, and I have a feeling it needs more than it's getting.

So my question for you is.. how do I take better care of this plant? Should I move it to the terrace where it will get around 5-6 hours of direct sunlight/per day? And should I cut it back?

Thanks very much, and happy easter!
Leighla


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Yes! Whack it! You have an Aeonium atropurpureum or similar that is old and has grown tall and is in desperate need of pruning. I would all of the arms back so the heads have about 4" of attached stem. Allow to callous for a week and replant. The remaining stems may grow new heads.


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Bikerdoc, thanks for your advice - I took it. :) Not so pretty, but I suppose it's better than how it was!


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

You DID keep the heads (rosettes) to plant, right? =)
Good for you for being so brave to whack!


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Rosemariero, I've got them yes, but haven't planted them.. not sure what do with them as there are so many! Don't have the space.. I may have to give some to our neighbors. :)


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Is now the time to prune these? Mine could use a trim, but they have more or less ceased growth now.

Josh


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

Looked kinda like a shchorzcof (LOL excuse my horrible predictive text and my lack of spelling) haha, plant the heads or Send some to ME for my collection of succulents!


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RE: Anyone have any advice for this interesting plant?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 13:10

Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop' , Dutch for "black head". Also seen as German name 'Schwartzkopf' or 'Schwarzkopf' with same meaning.

These are winter growers and summer dormant--though if summer temperatures are very mild (low 60's), they keep growing. The best time to whack them here is in early fall, right before they start growing again as summer head subsides.


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