Some do. Kinda, Sorta
It’s so exciting to see your succulents bloom. Surely it is a sign of the plant’s health and vigor, right? But it never fails — someone comes along to whisper, in a horrified fashion, “Oh no — will it die now?” It’s a scary question, isn’t it? Do succulents die after blooming? The short answer is even scarier — yes, some do. But the long, in-depth and detailed answer (my favorite kind!) is this – not that many, and not really so much. What? There is a great deal of confusion over monocarpic succulents – with good reason, in my opinion. Let’s take a closer look at which succulents die after they bloom, and just how dead they actually die. After the discussion below, look for my list of monocarpic succulents by genus.
There are a fair number of plants that flower only once before they die. Sunflowers and tomatoes are good examples. Each must grow, flower and set seed-bearing fruit just once before the plant dies. In these examples, this life-cycle is completed within a single year. But there are many examples of long-lived plants that grow for years, or even decades, before they finally bloom, with the plant’s death soon to follow. Perhaps you have grown a cherished bromeliad, only to know heartbreak when it suddenly dies after producing a single, glorious bloom. Plants with this life-cycle are called “monocarpic”.
The term monocarpic comes from Greek, with mono meaning single, and karpos meaning fruit. A monocarpic plant is one with a single flowering period (as opposed to just one flower) before the plant dies. Plants with multiple flowering periods are called polycarpic. Plants flower in order to produce and release seeds, for their propagation. A monocarpic plant expends so much energy forming its flowers and seeds that it simply does not have the energy to continue to grow. With most monocarpic plants, this story ends in the death of the plant. Among monocarpic succulents – death is not really so final.
Do Succulents Die After Blooming?
So – do succulents die after blooming? Yes, some varieties do. But not that many, and not really that dead. If only it were like this for pets and beloved family members, right? Don’t fear growing and enjoying monocarpic succulents. They are beautiful and charming, and won’t leave you empty handed after they flower.
taken from https://thesucculenteclectic.com/do-succulents-die-after-they-bloom/
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