Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ more commonly known as Kiwi Aeonium. This succulent grows quickly. It is very vibrant and colorful. When it has a little bit of sun, the leaves in the center are yellow and then darken into green towards the outside of the rosette. The edges of the leaves can be pink or red. This succulent adds beautiful colors to the garden all year. Sometime in late summer they can produce yellow flowers.
Aeoniums do not like dry or hot weather. They may go into dormancy in summer and may not require any water unless it is very dry conditions. Sometimes when it is extremely hot, their leaves might curl to prevent water loss. Growing them in moist shade seems to keep them happy in the summer time. Their growth season happens to be winter to spring. When temperatures are cool and damp. Only water them when their soil has dried out during wintertime. It’s the same with all succulents; they do not like their roots sitting in wet soil. It will cause root rot.
Remember to use fast draining soil. Buy a succulent and cactus soil or create your own fast drain soil. If you have regular potting soil, then just amend it. You can add sand, gravel and perlite to make the soil drain faster.
The best way to propagate the Kiwi Aeonium is by stem cuttings. 3 – 6 inches is the best size for the cuttings. Allow the cutting to calluses over then place in soil. In a few weeks the cutting will grow roots. Be patient. Each cutting takes its own time to root. They can also be propagated by seeds or even by division. Allow the new plants to form a root system before you add them to the garden. I would grow them in a shady area until they produce several sets of leaves. Then acclimate them to full sun. If you don’t they will burn from being in the shade.
Senecio Caposus is commonly known as Silver Coral.. This succulent is native to South Africa. It forms cobweb like rosettes of long silver leaves. The leaves are crowded and are almost banana shaped The young leaves have a bright silver felt like coating that seems to shed as they grow older and uncover a green leaf underneath. It reminds me of a snake or lizard shedding their skin. The silver coating serves to reflect the sunlight. It helps prevent overheating and burning.
It can grow and form large mats like a ground cover when growing in its natural habitat. They are great in rock gardens. The flowers are bright yellow and look like little daisies.
Same as all succulents they like porous soil with adequate drainage. They prefer full sun or the light shade of other plants. Only water when Soil is dry to the touch. They need less water in the winter months and protected from the frost.
They are best propagated from stem cuttings. They can be taken at any time of the year. But they seem to root faster when taken in spring or summer. They need to be dried out completely before being planted in well-drained soil. Rooting should start showing in 4-6 weeks.
Borage plant is also known as Star Flower. It is an edible herb. The plant flourishes in sunny areas. It is native and grows wild in the Mediterranean. It re-seeds and creates little Borage plants everywhere. This plant can become invasive. I didn’t know this when I first started growing Borage.
It has a hollow stem with bristly hairs on the surface. The herb has broad oval-shaped, dark green fuzzy leaves. The borage plant has a cucumber aroma and taste. The deep blue flower has five pedals, which resembles a star. This adorable blue, star shaped flower grows in clusters. The plant can grow to be 3 ft tall and can spread out to be 3 ft wide as I have learned. It is cultivated and used widely throughout Europe for its healing properties.
The best time to harvest the young tender leaves is when the flower buds begin to appear. The young tender leaves can be used in salads. The older leaves can be used as greens. Like you would use spinach. As the plant begins to age, the leaves become tougher. They also become much more fuzzy and begin to taste bitter. I personally like to use the flowers in ice cubes and salads.
There are a lot of health benefits that this plant offers. The leaves, flower and oil are all used for medicinal purposes. Drying this herb will lose its effect. The leaves and flowers are used fresh.