Mardi Gras Succulent Info: How To Grow A Mardi Gras Aeonium Plant

Mardi Gras Aeonium Plant
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The ‘Mardi Gras’ succulent is a beautiful, multi-colored aeonium plant that readily produces pups. When growing Mardi Gras aeonium plant, treat them differently from most other succulents because they need slightly more water and grow in winter.

What is a Mardi Gras Aeonium?

Growing in a rosette form, green center stripes decorate lemon-colored base leaves. Colors may change seasonally as various stressors affect the growing plant. A ruby red blush appears in cooler temperatures when the plant is in bright light. Leaf edges turn a pinkish red, causing the appearance of a blush. The red shades may become more pronounced as the plant is exposed to dropping temperatures.

This hybrid is proven a strong grower because of its parental crosses, according to Aeonium ‘Mardi Gras’ information. Therefore, seasonal color change is prevalent and likely why offsets produce so readily. If purchasing this plant, make sure it is clearly labeled ‘Mardi Gras’ to avoid getting one of the weaker crosses.

Aeonium 'Mardi Gras' Care

Grow this plant in a full to part sun area in winter. If you live in an area where temperatures don’t get below frost or freezing, allow the ‘Mardi Gras’ to grow outside for best tri-color foliage. Include it in a rock garden or living wall for optimum presentation.

If growing in a container, allow enough room for pups to spread and have their own growing space. You may also remove offsets to different pots. This plant does not necessarily need to grow in cactus soil, as do many succulents, but it does require well-draining soil for best performance. Provide protection before frost temperatures occur.

This plant prefers to experience drier soil in summer while it goes through dormancy. Water and fertilize more often in late autumn through winter. Keep the soil slightly damp during the winter/spring period of growth. When stressing for color, allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Too much water may eliminate the red blush.

Becca Badgett

Becca Badgett was a regular contributor to Gardening Know How for ten years. Co-author of the book How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden, Becca specializes in succulent and cactus gardening.