In recent years I have been asked to update my Aeonium arboreum “Zwartkop” and my cuttings (read part one and part two), and I have repeatedly promised to write one and then forget it. Although I have stopped being lazy and forgetful, and here to your delight, here is an introduction to my now extensive Aeonium Zwartkop strain, all of which come from the original plant.
To keep you up to date, a few years after discovering how easy it is to propagate aonia from cuttings, I now leave all my aonia outside all year round. This is partly because our garden here in Clapham is protected so that I can do it, but also because I have found that it can survive down to -7 ° C (test with a plant near you first ). Regarding the branching, you can see above that the cuttings don’t have a problem with being left outside.
I am not quite sure why they branch out better. Maybe it’s their natural way to grow? They pull out caterpillars out here in winter, but they don’t fully eat the main growth point because it is still growing.
All of these plants were grown from small offshoots that I have broken off and rooted. I think they take root so easily and quickly that it’s almost too easy and you could get addicted to growing a collection of them … like me.
The smaller ones are the youngest, but are growing rapidly now that we’re warmer. They seem to get a lot lighter in winter and only now does rich black appear. It is very satisfying if they change because I have found that I have forgotten how dark they can be.
I think I should probably explain why I have so many and didn’t give them away. This year I want to make our garden feel naturalistic (albeit a completely invented local nature) and spread the Aeoniums like strange alien flower mushrooms all over the place.
Although I didn’t particularly like the plant originally because it looked a bit too strange and chunky, I really liked my trunk and looked for ways to incorporate it, and they are now a main element of the garden.
And what about the original plant? You have already seen it in the main picture of this page. Here is the parent now:
I love its natural inclination and here I used it to pull it over our loft wall which I think is great. It has never been as strong as its cuttings, something is wrong with its roots, I think. I could correct that, but I enjoy the special properties of a plant and loathe that everything is perfect.
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