Friday, 9 January 2009

The Sock Spoke too Soon...



The Sock recently commented that despite someone on GOTY saying that aeoniums looked dreadful in winter hers looked fabulous all year round!

Not any more.... the one in the picture is the Sock's pride and joy and was planted in a sunken pot in the front gravel garden. The Sock woke up to a frost filled morning to find the aeonium was about to bite the dust. It has now been moved indoors leaving the Sock with a wrenched back because the sunken mesh pot didn't come out easily and the plant was heavy and enormous to manoeuvre through the house.

What does the Sock do now? Those front flowering stems look very sorry for themselves. Will they recover? Should the Sock chop the bowed stems down a bit and hope they all resprout multiple heads? Help!!!!!

9 comments:

Dishwasher Crab said...

Remember a couple of years ago you gave me a aeonium?

When I got back from Oz last Christmas it looked pretty much the same as yours does now.

I don't think it's the cold that does for them, I reckon they pine for us while we are abroad. See how droopy and sad it is?


PS Is the jacaranda dead too?

VP said...

What did you do Dishwasher Crab? Do tell.

Sorry Arabella, this is the one must-have plant (bought from Malvern Spring Show and carried home in triumph) that has curled up and died on me, so I'm no help at all.

Arabella Sock said...

I just remembered that I did used to bring it in for the winter until it got too big. Last two winters there hasn't really been any frost so it has been OK outside. I find them remarkably easy to grow and propagate and have various back-up plants but the one in question is my best one.

Dishwasher Crab that Jacaranda you gave me is still alive - at least it was until these frosts. All the branches/leaves have fallen off but it did that last year and I was left with a stick in a pot but it all came back in the summer.

I really do need that greenhouse for all these things...

emmat said...

pinch the stems. if they have gone soggy, the plant is done for. If they are still firm, it will be okay. BUT if some are soggy and some are firm, immediately cut the soggy bits off, erring on the side of caution. The rot can spread and kill the healthy bits too if not done.
(have extensive experience of killing succulents)

Arabella Sock said...

Thanks Emma. Some of the stems are fine and some are slightly spongey so I have cut those back to a firm bit. I was in the process of cutting a few stems back each year anyway to make it more bushy as usually a cut stem will sprout multiple heads (touch wood).

VP said...

Boo hoo - I have found them remarkably easy to get all their leaves to drop off and the 'insurance' cuttings to not take at all :(

Arabella Sock said...

If we meet up sometime I'll give you some of my insurance cuttings and you can try and kill them.
I've always had 100% success rate with them in the past and all I do is cut the stem let it dry for a few hours and then plunge it in some soil and neglect it.

HappyMouffetard said...

Oh dear - that doesn't look good.

Happy new year, Arabella, and thanks for the message. I've been on holiday and come back to extreme busyness at work, hence the lack of bloggage and messages on other blogs. Normal service will soon be resumed, as soon as I can find out what 'normal' is.

Arabella Sock said...

Happy New Year to you to Happy M.
glad to see you're still around. I hope you had a good hols. If life was normal I would have had a glass or two of wine by now... but it's alcohol free January. I've already spent the money I'm saving on a new jumper.