Aeonium diplocyclum is an attractive, evergreen perennial succulent up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) tall. The rosettes grow up to 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter, light yellowish-green in full sun and finely white powered if plants are grown in full sun. During their summer dormancy, rosettes will close cup-like and are covered with beige-red, dry leaf sheaths. The flowers are larger than those in Aeonium aureum and young leaves are ciliated at their edges. Plants stay lone and they will never form any offsets.
Scientific Name: Aeonium diplocyclum (Webb ex Bolle) T.H.M. Mes
Synonyms: Greenovia diplocycla (basionym)
How to grow and maintain Aeonium diplocyclum:
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.