Ask a Question forum: What's going on with my plant - aeonium edition

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Europe (Zone 7a)
Region: Europe
Dec 21, 2016 8:32 AM CST
This aeonium has been bought this summer. As long as it was outside, there were no issues. This is Europe - zone 7 - so as the temperatures fell to around freezing (night and day) it was taken inside. More recently it started losing much more leaves.

It is now in a sort-of winter-garden room (windows on 3 sides but with regular concrete ceiling). The temperature is 12C/54F there right now. The room is heated so it'll be a bit more in the evening and will generally stay around 10C/50F during the night. The plant is not standing right by the heater.

Two days' worth of leaves:
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Some of the large leaves look like this.
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There are also these spots. This one is new.
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This one has been there ever since the plant was taken indoors.
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Some leaves look drooping like this one.
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And two general pictures, just in case.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 21, 2016 8:51 AM CST
Watch your water. Wont need much if at all over winter. How warm does it get during day ? Did you get it in before it got freezing ?
May need warmer location.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Dec 21, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Aeoniums are normally winter growers and this time of year they like a lot of light and regular water. Water well when the soil is going dry, but before it has gone bone dry. The temperatures you describe indoors pretty closely match our outdoor conditions (10C/50F at night, 18C/65F during the day) where they thrive this time of year. In that case you really want to give it as much light as you can (an unobstructed south facing window would be ideal) for the best form and health of the plant.

Aeoniums are a bit temperamental, and the rosettes will shrink in response to stress, but once they get established in a particular location they are pretty much automatic. Bear in mind that as much as they are winter growers, they are summer sleepers, and if the rosettes shrink up dramatically in about 6 months, it's probably nothing to be overly concerned about. Certainly not a sign the plant needs extra water.
[Last edited by Baja_Costero - Dec 21, 2016 7:06 PM (+)]
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