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San Antonio, TX
CinsZone9A
May 27, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Can someone tell me what type of succulent this is? My brother sent it to me from California because I love it so much.
And now that I have it what's the best way to get it planted?
It was in a box for about 3 days. I'm hoping to split or get a small cutting for a pot and the rest in ground. Need help ASAP.

And advice and help would be so appreciated.
Thanks!!
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May 27, 2020 8:15 PM CST
Aeonium?
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Baja_Costero
May 27, 2020 8:28 PM CST

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It is an Aeonium and I will try to give some general help. Here is a page where you can see lots of pics and read about the genus:

The Aeoniums Database

Aeonium is a genus of leaf succulents from the Canary Islands (mostly) which are winter growers, meaning they grow from fall through spring and rest (somewhat or totally, depending on the plant and the climate) during the summer. They come from a climate with winter rainfall and dry summers, which is why they do so well in coastal California. They like a lot of light during winter, and enjoy some protection from overhead sun during the summer in climates with summer heat. They like regular water through the winter (when the soil is almost dry) but do not like extra water during the summer. Your plant will probably look worse and worse from now through early fall, and you might even think to give up on it, but come September-October it will engage drive and then you will see a rapid turnaround. During the period of decline during the summer, do not give extra water, and provide overhead protection if rain comes at the wrong time or for too long.

The first thing to do is get it out of the water bucket. That will not help and could possibly hurt the plant if it provokes rot in the stem. These are dry growing plants and they do not enjoy wet feet.

I would take a knife and cut the main stem about half an inch below the lowest branch, or some spot in the near vicinity. It might sound like a big sacrifice given you're losing height, but the younger stem will root faster and more abundantly, and the cutting will be more stable in the interim. Make a clean cut straight across (don't break the stem in your hands) then leave the cut surface in a place with good air flow to heal for a week.

Pot up the cutting in a relatively small pot (I'd guess 6" would work) that is wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. Use a soil mix that drains rapidly and is not overly moisture retentive. Only bury the bottom half inch or so of naked stem. Do not water right after potting up the cutting, wait another week and then water deeply for the first time.

From then on out provide strong light, but avoid direct overhead sun until fall. Wait for the soil to go nearly or completely dry at depth (not just at the surface) before watering again. Remember that the plant will not be drinking until it has developed roots, so do not overwater during the coming few months.

These plants do not like extreme heat (especially when it does not cool down at night) and you should avoid watering deeply when it's really hot outside (or oversummer the plant indoors by a sunny window). They also do not like extreme cold (below about 25-30°F, approx. zone 9b). They do best when it is cool and mild, and you will notice dramatic seasonal changes as they go through their cycle.

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CinsZone9A
May 27, 2020 9:39 PM CST
Thank you so much Baja

You've given me the best information yet! I'm worried now because it's hot out here in San Antonio TX! I have some shaded areas in my yards. It's out of the bucket right now gonna let it dry. I'll cut it tomorrow and leave it be. Should I just leave it out in an open area to dry?

Again, thank you so much! You've been so helpful! Thank You!
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Baja_Costero
May 27, 2020 10:18 PM CST

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Put it in the shade somewhere with good air circulation. I like to put my cuttings under overhead cover right outside my front door where there's always a breeze.
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CinsZone9A
May 31, 2020 9:02 AM CST
Thanks Baja! It's drying nicely now. When would it be okay to plant it? I'm going to put it in a pot so I can keep it safe when I need to. Unsure about this Texas weather for it.
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Baja_Costero
May 31, 2020 10:56 AM CST

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You can plant it after a few days and then water a few days after that.
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Oilagave
Jun 1, 2020 12:37 AM CST
CinsZone9A said:Can someone tell me what type of succulent this is? My brother sent it to me from California because I love it so much.
And now that I have it what's the best way to get it planted?
It was in a box for about 3 days. I'm hoping to split or get a small cutting for a pot and the rest in ground. Need help ASAP.

And advice and help would be so appreciated.
Thanks!!
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It's a Aeonium.

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