Aeonium “Mardi Gras”

Aeonium "Mardi Gras"

Aeonium “Mardi Gras” are very attractive plants for cactus and succulent lovers. 

They are plants whose maintenance and care are very low; their ability to survive with small amounts of water is impressive.

They can be planted in any pot you desire, which gives you the option to place the Aeonium in any corner of your house or garden.

They are endemic to the Canary Islands, Madeira, Morocco, Ethiopia.

They are formed by a rosette that comes out of a fleshy stem, which is thin, usually not more than two centimeters thick.

The leaves can be green, brown, green with pink edges depending on the species or cultivate.

There are about 75 recognized species, but it is said that there may be more than 120 cultivars.

This plant has the form of rosettes with elongated leaves and with beautiful colors. Usually, you will see green, yellow, and pink.

It really lives up to its name with its festive colors.

The Aeonium “Mardi Gras” is a hybrid of recent appearance created by the specialist Renee O’Connell of Altman Plants.

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Tips to take care of the Aeonium ‘Mardi Gras’

Temperature:

It’s a plant moderately resistant to temperature, although not to extreme climates. 

It prefers “semi-shade” instead of direct sun. 

An excess of direct sun light causes the plant to dry quickly.

Also, in winter, it is important to protect it from rain and frost.

A dry environment is preferable to avoid rotting.

Humidity: In this case, you just have to be careful with excess moisture; it will cause the plant to rot, especially during winter.

Light: It needs enough hours of light. It is advisable to have it in a semi-shade area where it doesn’t receive direct sunlight.

Watering:

This beautiful succulent has ordinary watering requirements.

When watering, it’s ideal to utilize the “soak and dry” strategy and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Propagation:

The aeonium “mardi gras” can be reproduced in two ways: through a leaf or by “children”.

The plant reproduces well by itself as each “mother” generates several “children” around her. 

You can cut one of these children from the roots and plant it again to become a “mother” and generate more children again.

If you want to follow the blade method, you must obtain one, using a sharp tool cut a leaf from the mother plant make sure it’s a clean cut.

You must wait a few days for the leaf to dry and form a callus at the cut place. 

This is to prevent the plant from t absorbing excess water and prevent it from rotting.

Once dry, place the leaf so that the callus remains on the substrate without burying it. 

You can help the plant by using a stone to hold the leaf or lean it on one side of the pot.

Now, water lightly and only water again when the substrate is completely dry. 

In a few weeks, you will start to see growth.

Fun facts:

Synonyms and common name of the Aeonium “Mardi Gras”

The etymology of the name has two parts:

Aeonium: from the ancient Greek “aionos” which means “eternal.”

Mardi Gras: Associated with this holiday (Carnival of New Orleans) for its striking colors.

Since this plant is a newly created hybrid, it is only known by its original name.

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