Aeonium mascaense is an attractive, little, succulent plant with rosettes up to 2.5 cm in diameter. It is multi-branching so there are many rosettes that form a nice, lime-green mound up 45 cm tall and up to 60 cm across. The leaves have a strong red stripe down the middle and are rather thick and pinchable. The flower is a greenish white and occurs in clusters up to 10 cm across.
Scientific Name: Aeonium mascaense Bramwell
Synonyms: Aeonium x mascaense
How to grow and maintain Aeonium mascaense:
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.