How do I care for thick leaf plants?

How do I care for thick leaf plants?

The right location for thick leaf plants

A location with a lot of light promotes beautiful leaf markings on the thick leaves and strong growth. Dry heating air does not affect these plants much, but wind and weather damage them quickly. If the summer is warm and dry, your thick leaf can spend this time in the garden or on the balcony.

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Since it is not winter hardy, put your thick leaf plants back in the apartment in good time. However, it shouldn't spend the winter in a heated living room. A cool winter rest at around 12 ° C contributes to vigorous growth and flower formation.

Water and fertilize thick leaf plants properly

Regardless of which type of thick leaf plant you have chosen, it should only be watered moderately in summer and very little in winter. With some species it has proven to be useful to water the thick leaf abundantly, to drain off excess water thoroughly and only then to water again when the soil is slightly dry.

No type of thick-leaf plant can tolerate waterlogging, so you should definitely use a very permeable substrate or succulent soil. A mixture of normal potting soil and sand or granules is also suitable. Your thick leaf plant needs fertilizer only during the warm months.

Propagate thick-leaf plants

The thick leaf can be multiplied in various ways. For example, you can propagate a rosette thick leaf (Aeonium arboreum) by cuttings or leaf cuttings. On the other hand, the breeding leaf, which is considered non-toxic, multiplies all by itself, namely through tiny daughter plants on its leaves.

The most important care tips in brief:

  • Water moderately during the growth phase
  • Water very sparingly in winter
  • choose a warm and above all bright location
  • Give the opportunity to cool winter rest
  • Avoid temperatures below 10 ° C


Most thick-leaf plants are allowed to spend the warm season in the garden. However, in this case, protect the plants well from wind and rain.