|10 Sep '09 10:35 am|
My plant is totally dying and there may not be any hope left for it at this point, but I have to try and ask anyway. I got it from a job that didn't need them anymore so I didn't buy it and so don't know exactly for sure what kind it is but through research I've found this plant seems to be "Black Rose Plant - Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'" was doing ok for a couple months but has really gone downhill in the last two months or so, especially in the last month--it has lost like all of its leaves and all but one of the woody stems have bent/fallen over.
PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS (I had to cut the pic into 4 to meet sizing requirements)
I don't know what is wrong with it. I live in Van Nuys/Los Angeles so that's the climate it lives in. It gets lots of indirect sun as it's home is potted in an inset area just outside my apt door in my courtyard stle apt. I've tried looking into this plant to learn how to best care for it and it seems to me that the conditions I have it in should be fine. Apparently, I have such a green thumb that I managed to kill even this easy going plant haha sad. Here is part of what one article had to say about it: "Black rose is low-maintenance and requires no special care. It does well in borders, rock gardens, flower beds and makes an idea container plant. It’s definitely a plant that holds all-season interest."
Another part of the same article said: "These plants get leggy over time, so to encourage new and more compact growth, cut back branches at several inches below the leaf rosettes." My plant did get sort of tall, almost like it was getting a little awkward. Maybe that has something to do with why it keeled over in the limited pot space it had? Anyway, I'd like to 'encourage new and more compact growth' if it's not already too late but I don't really understand what it means by 'cut back branches at several inches below the leaf rosettes'. Does that mean basically to cut off a cluster of leaves (a 'rosette' I think it may be called) with a few inches of stem under it and like replant it, as if it just did not have such a long stalk/stem? Do I need to get a brand new pot and soil to put the lil guys in because the old pot soil is likely full of old roots and things? An article says: "Many species are easy to grow in a free-draining gritty compost on a sunny window ledge or the greenhouse." Does that mean I should not use potting soil but use something else and where can it be commonly found in stores?
I'm sorry this is so long!! Thank you for reading and I really do appreciate your time and knowledge! If nothing else...please just tell me what you think, is there still a chance that cutting and replanting anything could bring new life back to this thing???
Thank you lots for anything at all in response!!
(((I have another plant that sort of looks like 4 mini palm trees in a pot, but the leaves point more out and up than downward, that has taken a similar path to this black rose plant. It's dying, most of the leaves on 2 out of the 4 stems/stalks started totally drying out/looking burnt so I brought it inside and it's going downhill just as fast. The other 2 stems appear healthy. Could the pot be too small? I don't even know the name of this plant! Ugh. I'll have to keep researching and try to find out. Sorry, that's another time and place.)))