Grow Aeonium Arboreum Sunburst in Your Succulent Garden
Aeonium Arboreum Sunburst is an Easy Care Succulent
Aeonium arboreum 'Sunburst' is a striking succulent plant to use as a mass planting for big impact and bright color. The plant reaches 30 inches high and has platter sized rosettes that can be 10 inches across.
The color is light yellow with green variegation down the center of each leaf. With the right amount of sun the rosettes blush with pink around the edges. The rosettes sit atop long slightly curved half inch thick stems of a neutral gray.
Plant them together and the various sizes, rosette clusters and single rosettes appear to be bursting. I will tell you what you will need to get your aeonium Sunburst growing like a riot in your yard.
Planting the Sunburst Succulent
Want to go slow and not spend a lot of money? Buy just one Sunburst succulent plant. The patch at right was started with one plant. It has taken 6 years to propagate a 4 square foot area. Three plants would be a good start if you prefer more to look at in the beginning. Later, at the established stage there will be plenty to throw away.
This year the mass planting was extend further and mixed with aeonium decorum Kiwi. This can be done by plucking rosettes off the clusters that form at the top and planting them at different distances from the original plant. (The tallest plant near the center.) The more plants started the better the area looked and convinced me mass planting is a plus with this gorgeous succulent. The patch is on a slope and located eye level and offers stunning beauty for the price of one plant and a little waiting.
Succulent Plant Care
Sunburst succulent is more drought tolerant than most succulents and watering them once a week in the hot California summers keeps them satisfied. Plant them in partial shade for half the day. Hot sun will burn the leaves and turn the edges brown, but the ground can be dry for 5-7 days.
A freeze will make the plant's leaves wilt and then dry up.This spot offers some freeze protection because of an island roof, a growing queen palm and a wall six feet distance.
In the top center of this photo are the aeoneium decorum Kiwi that I am going to mix with the Sunburst in the top area of the photo. The Kiwi is a far smaller rosette but the yellow part at the tips become so rosy around the edges in the spring.
In Southern California the best time to expand your succulent garden is after the Holidays when it is cool and we are getting our seasonal rain. When spring arrives your work will become very showy.
Propagating Sunburst Succulent
When propagating allow the end of the stem to dry out for a day or two. Also, cuttings can be put directly into soil that will be dry for a couple of days.
Sunburst does well in our clay soil and the clippings do well in my mother's very sandy soil, as well.
The plant will last two to three years and will topple over. Break the long stem off and replant to maintain full color and dense growth in the area.
Do you have a succulent garden?
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