Aeonium ‘Ballerina’ is an unusual, low-growing shrub, up to a height of 8 cm (20 cm). It makes a dense weight of slightly hairy rosettes with grayish-green, white margins. There is some variation in the form of the somewhat adhesive leaves, and sometimes a reversal of the variegated shape.
Aeonium goochiae ‘Ballerina’
How To Grow Aeonium ‘Ballerina’
Water: Aeoniums once established tolerate moderate, short-term dryness, but if you do not water them, it will suffer. Water Aeoniums in the garden in the summer are humid, as long as the soil seems dry, 1 inch deep. Current watering is necessary to container-grown aeoniums, so check their soils twice weekly in warm, dry weather. Wherever it feels dry, add water 1 inch below the surface, until the drainage troughs are drilled on the ground. Reduce watering for both pot and garden-grown aeoniums to once a month during winter.
Fertilizer: Most Aeoniums do well without engraving, and there can be too much fertilizer in otherwise healthy plants that leads to low, spindly growth and discolouration. The exception is container-grown Aeoniums, which in the growing season can quickly exhaust their soil. Use a specially formulated 14-14-14 fertilizer for cacti and succulents, slow to release. After new growth comes out in the spring and again in the middle of the summer. Applied evenly in a moist soil, use 1 teaspoon for each 1 gallon of soil.
How To Care For Aeonium ‘Ballerina’
You do not have to cut aeoniums according to size or shape because they remain tidy and small naturally. Regular trimmings and treatments help to ensure that your Aeoniums look best. Remove all dead leaves or malformed, spindled stems from the base with sharp shears. Before you take aeoniums, take five minutes and rinse them thoroughly with the full-strength household disinfectant. Dead leaves and other garden debris can sometimes be found between the tight, curved aeonium leaves. Use a compressed air can to remove the debris instead of hand-picking them.
Aeoniums can grow outside in the USDA zones 9 to 11 with temperatures rarely falling under 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Low freezing temperatures, including leaf and stem loss, cause serious and sometimes fatal damage to aeonium. Top with lightweight, attractive clothes when frost is anticipated, cover the outdoor aeoniums and remove the covering the next morning to avoid trapping moisture. Bring indoor potted aeoniums or put them in the south against a sheltered wall until the cold weather passes.