Aeonium Sunrise: 7 Easy Care And Growing Tips

Aeonium sunrise

Last updated on September 10th, 2022 at 07:54 am

Aeonium sunrise is a beautiful plant that can be grown in any climate. Aeoniums are popular plants because they are drought tolerant and require little to no maintenance. Aeoniums also grow quickly, with blooms coming after about six months of growth! If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow, low-maintenance houseplant that will add beauty to your home or office then Aeonium sunrise is the perfect plant for you!

Blooms of Aeonium Sunrise offer a beautiful and delicate reminder that nature is always in bloom. Aeoniums are native to the Canary Islands and can grow up to three feet in height, with leaves spreading upwards like an umbrella. Aeoniums make excellent container plants because they require minimal care and do not need much water or sunlight to thrive. They also work well when mixed with other drought tolerant plants such as cacti or succulents. Aeoniums will add color and life to your garden for many years if properly cared for!

Origin and description

Aeonium sunrise is a species that was originally from the Canary Islands, but it has been introduced to other countries around Africa and Europe. This plant can be identified by its succulent leaves which are bright green with reddish tips. The Aeonium sunrises have long flowers which look like pine cones in yellow colors along with some white coloration on them.

Aeonium sunrise propagation

Aeonium sunrise

Aeonium sunrise, like many succulents, can be propagated by leaf cuttings. Simply choose a healthy and mature (preferably not too new) leaf and pluck it off the plant. Then remove some of the bottom leaves on your cutting so that at least two or three are left on there to form roots. Place your Aeonium sunrise leaf-cutting in a small pot with cactus soil, water the plant well, and make sure it is receiving plenty of sunlight. After a few weeks, roots will form and you can then plant your baby Aeonium into its own pot.

A common problem with many succulents is overwatering, so it’s important to let the soil dry out before putting more water in there. If you are unsure of whether or not your succulent needs water, just take a quick peek at the soil. If it is dry, give your succulent a nice long drink and then wait for it to become completely dry again before watering once more.

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Aeonium sunrise care

Aeonium sunrise

Aeonium sunrise is easy to care for and thrives in most garden climates. While they prefer bright, filtered sunlight with a humidity of 50% or higher, these plants can also do well in partial shade conditions. Keep the soil moist without overwatering and make sure that it drains properly. The plant should be fertilized with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer in early spring and summer. Aeonium sunrise will benefit from an organic mulch to retain moisture and improve soil quality.

Aeonium sunrise is attractive for its foliage rather than flowers which only bloom sporadically throughout the year. As such this plant does not require much pruning or trimming.

Light requirements

Aeoniums like full sun and do not tolerate shade very well. They can grow in low light but will start to look unhealthy as the leaves begin to stretch out looking for more light. Aeonium sunrise can be planted close together since they are growing on open rock formations. If you keep them too dry, however, their flowering will be stunted and the rosette form will become lost.

It can also be grown in a container as long as you place it where it gets full sun all day. If your plant is getting too much shade, however, or has stopped flowering for some reason (if this happens just move it to a brighter location), you will need to re-pot it.

Soil/potting mix

Aeonium sunrise requires well-draining soil. They need to be planted in a potting mix that is either cactus or succulent specific. You can purchase succulent soil or mix your own. You will need to add some ingredients that are perlite, pumice, and sand (coarse). If you would like more information on how to make your own potting mix check out this link.


Aeonium sunrise is drought tolerant but does require some water. When you see the leaves curling, it’s time to give them some more water for about two weeks, then back off again.

If they are in full sun during the summer months they will need more frequent watering than if they are planted in shade or indoors with no direct sunlight.

You will also need to make sure that you water them from the bottom as well. This is because they are susceptible to crown rot if their roots sit in wet soil for too long. If this happens, immediately remove any dead or decaying leaves and repot them with fresh potting mix.

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Aeonium sunrise doesn’t need much fertilizer. If you were to fertilize them once every month or two, using a very dilute solution it would be fine. You can also use diluted fish emulsion for this purpose.

Using composted manure is something that many people do but if they are outside in the full sun during the summer months, it’s best to stick with the fertilizer option as manure may lead to too much moisture.


Aeonium sunrise is hardy down to 30˚F. If you live in an area that has cold winter months, it’s recommended that you overwinter them inside or bring them under a protected overhang.

If they get too much water when the temperature drops, this can cause crown rot so make sure they have good drainage and check the soil before watering.


Aeoniums need humidity to survive. They will not do well in a dry environment. To help, try misting it and its pot with water every day or two if the air tends to be very dry where you live. A humidifier can also come in handy during colder months when heating systems are running constantly and the indoor air becomes very dry.

Another thing that you should do to help keep the humidity up is put your aeonium near other plants, but not so close to them so it becomes overcrowded and moldy. The number-one cause of death for these succulents are usually caused by too much moisture or water collecting in their rosettes.

The ideal humidity range is between 40 to 70%, but it is best if humidity levels never go below 45%.

Aeoniums do not like too much or too little water and will suffer in either case. If you notice the plant wilting slightly on a regular basis, this means that you are giving it too much water and should cut back by 25%.


Aeoniums are slow-growing, low-maintenance plants. They don’t require any pruning or trimming! When you receive your aeonium plant, it is best to leave the soil intact and only cut off dead leaves that are no longer alive or green in color. If you do need to remove parts of the plant, be sure to use a sharp clean pair of scissors.

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At the end of summer, you can pinch out some stems and new growth will appear in wintertime which is when your plant’s blooms begin to grow.

When to repot Aeonium sunrise?

Aeonium sunrise are very slow-growing plants, so they do not require repotting often. If it doesn’t seem to be growing at all, you can carefully repot it once a year in the early springtime when new growth starts up again. You should use a slightly bigger pot and new potting soil. If it doesn’t get repotted for several years, you should take some of the plant’s leaves off to reduce its size and weight before putting it back in a small pot again so that the roots will fit better.

Dormancy and Blooming

Aeonium sunrise

Aeonium flowers bloom in the fall. They produce a tall stem with yellow petals blooming from the center, and can reach about 30 cm high when mature! The leaves on top of the plant will turn red during this time too. In fact, they’ll be reddish-pink even before flowering starts.

Aeoniums go into a dormant state during the winter. Their leaves will curl up and fall off, but this is completely normal! The plant has gone below ground level to protect its roots from cold weather. Once spring comes along, they’ll start sprouting new leaves again on top of their old ones (kinda like how grass does).

Just keep in mind that this might take quite some time, so it’s best to leave them alone if you don’t see any signs of new growth by the end of winter. Aeonium plants will also stop blooming during droughts or periods where they are not receiving enough sunlight. They become dormant during this time, so you don’t need to worry about them dying.

The dormancy period is also the best time for transplanting Aeoniums! They are fully rooted out and their soil will be drier than usual (which makes it easier to take them out). Transplant your Aeonium sunrise before they start sprouting new leaves or you’ll end up damaging their roots.

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Flowers & Fragrance

The flowers are bright yellow, sometimes with an orange tinge. Ought to be able to smell them from a fair distance but you can’t always tell whether they’re open or closed that way? Like most things about the plant, its scent is faint and has great staying power. From far away, it smells like dry grass; closer up, like a hint of citrus.

Growth rate

The plant doesn’t grow very fast, but it’s hard to kill. It’ll be about 18″ tall and spread a few feet wide after two years. In ten, it may reach three or four feet in diameter if you’re not messing with the roots too much (e.g., by digging). You can divide off small shoots if you want more plants, but again: don’t mess with the roots.


Aeoniums have a milky sap that can cause skin irritation in some people. They’re not deadly or poisonous but they probably won’t win you any friends if you rub them all over your body and go live with the hippies for a bit.

USDA Hardiness Zones

Aeoniums are perennials in Zones 11 and 12. They’ll also winter over in Zone 13 if the temperature’s below 20°F, but you’d be better off bringing them indoors for the season (they won’t like not getting any light).

Pests and diseases

Aeoniums don’t usually attract pests, but slugs and snails might snack on the leaves from time to time. Aphids will occasionally suck sap from succulents but they’re not a big deal as long as you look after them early.


The plant doesn’t grow very fast, but it’s hard to kill. It’ll be about 18″ tall and spread a few feet wide after two years. In ten, it may reach three or four feet in diameter if you’re not messing with the roots too much (e.g., by digging). You can divide off small shoots if you want more plants, but again: don’t mess with the roots.