Welcome to this article that will be talking about what a death bloom is when it comes to succulents. This phenomenon is referred to as succulent varieties that bloom and seed and then will die afterward.
But this doesn’t apply to all of them, something very important to mention. The death bloom will be a long stalk that shoots out from the succulent plant and then will have a single flower only.
Follow along and then we’ll talk even more about what a death bloom means for your succulent plant and what you should do about it.
What Is A Succulent Death Bloom
Just like we mentioned at the beginning of the article the death bloom is something that will happen to a lot of different succulent plants. Some varieties will even be able to bloom like this several times during their lifetime.
But there are some varieties that will only bloom and seed once in their lifetime and then the plant will die afterward. These plants will self-seed and then new smaller succulents will appear for the next season.
The ones that can flower several times and not be affected are perfect for home use. They are both beautiful and will flower during the season and the risk of them self-seeding in new spots is a lot smaller.
The death bloom looks sort of like a tall stem growing from the center of the plant. It will shoot straight up and produce a single flower. After it has flowered it will also start to produce seeds that might spread to new places where they can establish themselves.
What should you do then once a death bloom happens to the succulent plant? In the case of those that only flowers once, then there isn’t really anything to do. Perhaps cut off the stem before it produces any seeds to mitigate the risk of having them pop up anywhere else in your garden.
You might wonder what some of the varieties of succulents that will only flower once are. Sempervivums, Agave and Aeoniums are some of the ones that you will want to be aware of. We don’t want you to be disappointed when these don’t come back or start wilting after flowering.
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Do Succulents Die After Blooming
We already talked a little bit about the varieties of succulents that will die after blooming. They are referred to as monocarpic plants. Once they have bloomed they will start to produce seeds and afterward, they will be dispersed to other places and that’s how those succulent plants can continue to spread.
But for the most part, the vast majority of succulent plants will not die after they have flowered. The succulent plant can for the most part live for a very long time, as much as a decade is not uncommon.
Once the succulent plant has started to flower then you don’t have to do a whole lot. You might already be aware of how passive succulent is to grow and care for at home.
If you don’t want the succulent to spread to other places then you might want to cut off the stem or the flower before the seeds are produced. We practice this quite a lot at home. It keeps the succulent population in check.
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Why Do Succulents Get Death Blooms
The reason for being called a death bloom is that the plants that get them will die afterward. Well, that’s sort of true. The stem will grow tall and a single flower will be produced.
That can happen to regular perennial succulents too, but the same look is there. But the annual succulent varieties will get this look of flowering and after the seeds have been developed then the plant will wilt down and eventually turn into the soil with enough time.