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Mischyf
Jun 15, 2020 12:14 PM CST
It's summer here! I watered it very lightly yesterday as it was bone dry and getting more and more crinkly.
It didn't help, my other succulents would plump right up after some water. I usually go for the Echeverria type succulents, so this type is very new to me.
It should be dormant in summer but it's unfurling?

Should I keep it in sun or shade? Is this just stress from being in the mail?

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Baja_Costero
Jun 15, 2020 12:25 PM CST
If it's inside, you cannot give it too much sun, and the more, the better. It's pretty normal for plants that just went through the mail to look a little cranky afterwards. In the summer Aeoniums have smaller rosettes with shorter leaves and they put on less stem growth, but most of them will continue to grow as long as the temperature is not excessive. So it's not a strict dormancy most of the time, more like a slowdown. You can expect your plant to sulk a bit until the start of fall, when it will rejuvenate. It is very important to provide strong light during fall and winter (it should "see" the sun for hours a day year round). Don't overwater during summer (water well, to completion and then wait for the soil to go dry at depth before watering again). Come fall I would recommend a slightly larger pot, as the current one will pretty seriously limit its growth. Do not make changes like that during summer with Aeoniums.

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