A few branches of my purple aeonium have broken off from my primary purple aeonium plant in recent months. I have planted those broken-off branches directly into the ground in a different location of my back yard so that they may become their own independent plants. This one plant started off in a modest plastic container years ago, but has thrived when planted directly into the ground. Now parts of this plant are approaching the height of my cement block wall – wow!
To reduce the likelihood or at least delay further breakages, I have put into the ground a large shepherd’s hook and tied green plastic garden tape to one of the hooks and a few of the rosette-heavy branches. I will add more garden tape (and reposition the tape) as warranted by the growth of the rosettes of the aeonium. The shepherd’s hook is a really good help in the garden when plants get intense growth. On the positive side, my purple aeonium needs support at this time because it has been thriving so well in its location, where it bathes in sunshine and gets good air flow. Taken minutes ago, this photo shows a typical day in the life of this very fortunate aeonium! Branch breakage is common in these plants so support of some sort is needed as they mature.