Aeonium diplocyclum ‘Gigantea’ an ornamental, perennial succulent that forms spiraling rosettes up to 45 cm (18 inches) across, of soft, bluish-green, rounded leaves. Under drought conditions, the leaves close into a tight, cool-looking ball. It can take years to bloom when it’s topped by a large inflorescence of yellow flowers.
Scientific Name: Aeonium diplocyclum ‘Gigantea’
Synonyms: Greenovia diplocycla ‘Gigantea’, Greenovia diplocycla var. gigantea
How to grow and maintain Aeonium diplocyclum ‘Gigantea’:
It thrives best in full sunlight to part sunlight in a sheltered spot, but the bright light enhances the rich hues of the darker Aeoniums.
It grows well in humus-rich, moist but well-drained, any good potting mix soil.
It prefers ideal temperatures of 65ºF – 75ºF / 18ºC – 24ºC and no lower than 50ºF / 10ºC.
Water moderately but consistently during the growing season, Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Allow the top one inch of soil to dry out between waterings. During the winter reduce watering to a minimum.
Fertilize your plant once every 2 weeks during the active growth period with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. Do not feed while dormant.
It can be easily propagated by seed or by stem cuttings. Sow seed at 19-24ºC in spring. Take cuttings of rosettes in the spring and kept at 18ºC and barely moist until rooted.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease problems. Slugs can do some damage and the occasional bird may take a bite.