The Kiwi Aeonium haworthii is popularly known as “Dream Color”, “Tricolor-Pinwheel”, or simply “Kiwi Aeonium”. The name is derived from the succulent plant’s bright colors similar to kiwifruit and the pinwheel arrangement of its leaves.
The succulent shrub comes in the form of a rosette. It can grow up to 3 feet tall and each rosette can reach 5 inches in diameter. Like most succulents, the leaves of the plant are fleshy, which means they can store a lot of moisture. The leaves are yellow with shades of red on the corners and a light green shade on the outside. Clusters of star-shaped, yellow flowers also bloom during summer.
The addition of this in your garden will surely help brighten up the mood because of its pleasing visuals especially when it is clustered or combined with other succulents. Like most of the succulents here at Cal Farms, this one is easy to grow, maintain, and propagate, especially if you follow the tips discussed here.
The Kiwi Aeonium originates from the Canary Islands on the northwestern coast of Africa where temperatures can range from 59 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that it is hardy enough to withstand temperature drops within 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is not recommended to push it to the limit if you want it to grow properly.
Make sure to place the plant under direct sunlight during spring and fall. However, as the weather gets hot during summers, move it to a partially shaded area.
Aeoniums do not require much water to survive, but there are indications when it already needs it. If you notice that its leaves are starting to curl, that means that it is already running low on moisture content. The same can be said if the soil around it is getting dry to the touch. Apply an adequate amount of water, preferably using a sprinkler bottle, into the plant when you detect these signs.
On the other hand, watch out if the soil is too damp, especially during the cold season. Allowing the plant to sit on soil with too much moisture will likely cause root rot. Keep it in a place where the soil can dry up properly or replace the soil if needed.
The Right Container
Use cactus pots or succulent plant pots with tiny holes at the bottom when planting your Aeonium. The tiny holes serve as drainage for excess water.
If you observe that the soil always appears dank, take a look at the bottom of the succulent pot. See to it that the water is draining properly. Check the holes of the plant if they are clogged and carefully poke them with a stick or wire if you see that there are obstructions around the drainage.
The best time to propagate the Kiwi Aeonium is between the start of spring and early summer. It can be propagated using seeds, stem cuttings, or offsets. The best and easiest method is through the offsets because all you have to do is to separate it from the parent plant by cutting the lateral stem near the roots and then let it dry for three days.
As soon as it’s ready, repot the plant with a dampened soil. Position it in a partially shaded area and begin watering it only after a week.