Monocarpic Succulents Guide – Is this a death bloom?

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Is this a death bloommonocarpic A succulent that dies after one bloom. Examples are Sempervivum and Agave species.?

Maybe not. Probably not. Learn more about monocarpicmonocarpic A succulent that dies after one bloom. Examples are Sempervivum and Agave species. succulents on this page and find out how you might be able to keep your monocarpic succulent alive even after it blooms!

Monocarpic Succulents

Monocarpic succulents bloom once and then die in the most dramatic way. This isn’t your fault, so don’t panic. It is a way for the plant to keep its plant lineage alive as many times they’ll produce many pups before and during flowering.

When a monocarpic succulent is throwing out a death bloom, it will stretch taller and the lower leaves can start to look shabby because all of the energy is going to making flowers.

What does a death bloom look like?

Death blooms come from the very very center (apex) of succulents like sempervivum, agave and some kalanchoe. If you see a bloom stalk (inflorescenceinflorescence the complete flower head of a plant including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers) coming from somewhere else, like in between layers on an echeveria, it is a normal bloom and will not die after blooming.

List of Monocarpic Succulents

Here’s a list of the most common monocarpic succulents you might be familiar with:

  • Sempervivum (hen and chicks)
  • Aeonium
  • most varieties of Agave
  • some Kalanchoe (like Flapjacks/Paddle Plant)
  • Orostachys (like Chinese Dunce Caps)
  • Peperomia
  • Sinocrassula

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Succulent Death Bloom- Yep? or Nope?

Hover over each picture to see if it is a death bloom or not. 

 On rare occasion, echeveria will throw out a terminal inflorescence (flower stalk) from the very very center of the plant. When this happens, the echeveria will die after flowering. In my experience, the echeveria varieties that have given me terminal blooms are Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ and E. ‘Blue Sky.’

Try Cutting the Bloom Off to Save Your Monocarpic Succulent

Sometimes, you can keep a monocarpic succulent alive by cutting off the bloom right after it is done flowering. If you cut it too soon, the plant could still try to flower because it is still getting the chemical signal to flower. Worth a shot, right?

Below, you’ll find some succulent identification help with common succulents you might find in your local garden center or nursery. Different succulents have different care requirements, so being able to identify them is crucial to helping them thrive 


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