Aeonium succulents are some of the most unique, beautiful, and popular succulents out there. They are also very easy to grow and care for, and very easy to propagate. Aeoniums are monocarpic succulents, meaning usually after they flower they die. Just because most aeoniums are monocarpic it doesn’t mean they will die, you can definitely prevent aeoniums from dying after flowering.
To prevent aeoniums from dying after they produce a flower you simply need to cut off that flower at the right time. It does not have to be right away but it does need to happen before the flower dies by itself. You can take your time and enjoy the beautiful flower that your aeonium produced, but you will need to make sure that you trim it just in time before the flower dies on its own.
After you cut off that beautiful flower more baby plants from that cut will produce clusters. This is what basically saves the aeonium succulent from dying after blooming its flower. After you trim the flower, those new baby clusters will not form until weeks or months later. Be patient and you will then see those new baby clusters forming.
Again, you do not have to worry and cut the flower right after the succulent produced it. You can definitely wait a while and enjoy the flower because it looks really beautiful. Aeonium succulents produce very beautiful yellow flowers that absolutely look stunning. Those flowers also attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
It’s actually a win-win situation because not only do you get an amazing, beautiful flower, you also get other baby clusters that your aeonium will form. It’s amazing how succulents will do this after producing something so beautiful.
After cutting the flower you will notice a very ugly stump that doesn’t look great. Definitely ignore that stump because that stump will get replaced in about a month or so with new baby clusters of aeoniums. After cutting just continue to grow and care for the aeonium succulent like you would. Use fast/well draining succulent soil, water 1-2 days a week or when the soil is very dry. Also make sure you give the aeonium enough sunlight after cutting the flower. Enough sunlight will help the succulent produce its new baby clusters.
What Happens to Aeonium Succulents After Flowering?
As we have mentioned, aeonium succulents are monocarpic, which means they can die after flowering. It’s not a sure thing that the succulent will die, but as long as you cut it in time like we discussed it won’t die.
Remember, we are only talking about the main mother plant. If your aeonium succulent blooms, the whole plant just won’t die. The mother plant will only die if you do not cut the flower off in time. The rest of the succulent will live on and will continue to grow healthy and happy as long as you continue to care for it correctly.
Are All Aeonium Succulents Monocarpic?
No, not all aeonium succulents are monocarpic, but a majority of them are. Basically if your aeonium succulent is monocarpic it will bloom a yellow flower right down the middle of the succulent. You will randomly see a flower on your aeonium succulent one day, this usually happens during late fall through winter and they'll stop blooming once spring hits.
A lot of succulents are monocarpic, such as sempervivums and agave plants. Aeoniums just grow very large thick flowers, compared to other succulent plants. While agaves grow huge tree-like flowers.