If you have a green thumb, Aeonium succulents are a great addition to your collection of succulents and cacti.
The plant has several interesting characteristics, from its lovely leaves to its colorful flowers.
In this article, you will find out everything you need to know about caring for your Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ as well as how to propagate them!
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ is a hybrid of the Aeonium canariense and the Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ succulents.
The Blushing Aeonium, as it is also known, produces rosettes of green leaves with red on the edge that can grow up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
The Aeonium plant can flower in the spring. When it does, a delicate pale yellow spike emerges from the center of each rosette with small, star-shaped flowers.
This rosette will flower and die but will produce offsets at its base.
How To Care for Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’
Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ care is a process that can be a little difficult to figure out at first.
Below you will find the most important things to consider when caring for the Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’.
Sun Exposure & Light Requirements
The Blushing Aeonium requires full sun to partial shade. If Aeoniums are in direct sunlight, they will need to be watered more often.
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ requires at least six hours of sunlight each day.
The plant naturally prefers very bright indirect light. Still, one could try keeping them indoors near a window providing plenty of filtered daylight for about four hours per day.
The Blushing Beauty is one of the hardiest succulents, but too much sun will cause it to turn brown and die, so make sure your plant gets just enough!
This particular plant does not require a lot of water, so it should only be watered when the surface has dried out significantly.
If you notice leaves drooping from lack of moisture, give the plant some extra time to dry before watering thoroughly.
You can also water a little more often during hot periods.
It will require a surprisingly low amount of water to keep this plant healthy and happy so take care not to overwater it!
Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ succulent plant prefers a very porous soil with a good drainage system.
This is why they are often found in the ground, near a rocky or sandy area where water can be drained away quickly before it soaks into the surrounding soil and causes root rot.
Soil should be very loose and airy, providing good aeration for ample root growth while still holding plenty of moisture without becoming soggy when watered.
A good mix would be a cactus potting mix with a small amount of perlite mixed in. This will ensure adequate drainage while retaining water for the succulent plant roots’ uptake.
Temperature and Humidity
Temperature and humidity levels are very important aspects of succulent plant care.
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ typically prefers a slightly warmer temperature.
Between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for this succulent plant, so it’s best to make sure that the surrounding air stays at these temperatures when you place your Aeonium in its location.
If a plant is exposed to a sudden change in temperature, it may result in a leaf loss.
The humidity level should be between 40-60% for this type of succulent.
This will prevent the leaves from drying out and also help with preventing spider mites that can attach themselves to the plants.
A lower humidity percentage would work better if you are constantly watering your Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’. Excess water on top of wet soil or moss could cause mold growth and rot to form on a plant’s roots.
However, if too low of a percent causes dryness, then you’ll want higher levels than before (between 60%-75%).
Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ doesn’t need to be fertilized often.
In a well-draining succulent potting mix, fertilize once a year in the spring with a general fertilizer diluted to ½ strength and then water thoroughly.
When potting your Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’, it is a good idea to use a pot that has a drainage hole at the bottom.
This will allow any excess water to flow out of your container and not stagnate lower in the soil while creating a pooling effect on top. This could lead to root rot if too much water accumulates for too long.
The container should be an appropriate size, so it does not get over-crowded with roots when propagating new succulents from cuttings or stem pieces.
The potting mix shouldn’t come more than two-thirds up the sides of the container because these plants like plenty of air circulation around their leaves and stems.
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ succulent plant does not need much pruning. Still, it is a good idea to remove any dead leaves and flowers as they appear.
- Remove all the stems that are taller than a foot or so from the ground.
- Cut back some branches by a third if you want to cut them back more severely.
- The Aeonium can be cut back by a third every year to keep the plant more compact.
- The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ is a slow grower, so you usually don’t need to prune it more than once a year.
Pests and Diseases
A few pests can attack Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’, including mealybugs, mites, and scale.
To get rid of these pests, use a diluted dishwashing soap spray or neem oil with a cotton swab to apply directly onto the pest.
Aeoniums are very hardy succulents, but they can still get a few diseases.
The most common disease is called rot or rotting, and it looks a little like a dark brown water spot on the leaves of your plant.
You’ll know if you have a rotting problem because eventually, the whole leaf will turn black and die off from that one point of infection.
This makes them easy to identify as a possible cause for problems with your plant’s health.
To treat this, use neem oil mixed in distilled water every two weeks until all symptoms disappear or cut off dead leaves, so any decaying material doesn’t spread to healthy parts of the plant body.
How to Care for Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ in Winter
Like a lot of succulents, Blushing Aeoniums need very little care in the winter.
As long as they are given a warm and dry place (above 65 degrees), they will be happy.
During this time, their water requirements drop to once every two weeks or so.
If you have a low-light area where your plants can stay outdoors for part of the year without getting too cold at night, then pot them up on a large tray with rocks heated by an incandescent bulb placed over it.
Don’t overwater during the winter months because stagnant moisture may cause rot to develop under warmer conditions indoors.
This could lead to a fungal attack that will eventually weaken and kill the plant.
How To Propagate Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’
The Blushing Aeonium succulent can be propagated by stem cuttings and leaves.
When Aeoniums are grown from cuttings, it is essential to note that a general rule of thumb for a healthy succulent cutting: thicker is better. Stem cuttings should be at least three inches long and have a diameter larger than a pencil lead.
- Cut a succulent stem a few inches from the ground
- The end of a cut should be a clean, straight line
- Allow the cuttings to callous for a few days before planting
- Plant cuttings in a succulent potting mix that is well-draining
- Water cuttings gently
- Keep the pot in a warm, sunny location
- When roots start to form, it is time to transplant into a larger pot.
- Plant the cuttings in a succulent potting mix that has more organic material such as sand or leaf litter
- Water lightly for a month before returning to the regular watering schedule
Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ leaves can be propagated by a very easy process.
- Remove a leaf from a stem
- Allow the cut to callous for a few days before planting it in a succulent potting mix that is well-draining
- Water gently and keep in a warm, sunny location until roots start forming.
- Plant a leaf in a succulent potting mix that has more organic material such as sand or leaf litter
- Water lightly for a month before returning to the regular watering schedule
Is the Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ Toxic?
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ plant is not toxic to humans or animals.
It is always advisable to wash one’s hands before and after handling this plant and put on gardening gloves.
The Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ succulent is an excellent plant for beginners because it requires very little care.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance houseplant that looks great in any type of decor, then look no further than the Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’ succulent!
The simple care requirements make this a perfect choice for an apartment dweller who may not have much time to spend caring for their plants.
Aeoniums are tough as nails, and there is very little chance of them dying if neglected. But with a little love and attention, they’ll flourish just like any other houseplant.