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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jun 2, 2012 11:04 AM CST
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Thought folks could add their growing tips.

One of the first important things I learned about semps, is to remember they are ALPINE succulents, unlike Cactus or other desert succulents in their growing requirements.
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 9, 2012 3:43 PM CST
Let's see if I have learned anything... Very little water, good draining soil in a pot or ground that drains well.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 9, 2012 4:51 PM CST
Lynn's wonderful tutorial:

http://garden.org/ideas/view/valleylynn/34/Growing-Semperviv...


and the database "parent entry":

Sempervivum (Sempervivum)
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 9, 2012 5:18 PM CST
Thanks, . Great info

Each day I learn a bit more. Whistling

I am truly blessed to know her. She has so much to share.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 9, 2012 5:27 PM CST
Yes, it must be wonderful! Hurray!

She is a very special person.
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goldfinch4
Jun 10, 2012 1:34 AM CST

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I agree Group hug
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 10, 2012 5:08 AM CST
This is a very informative thread:

http://garden.org/ideas/view/valleylynn/14/Growing-Pains/
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 10, 2012 11:37 AM CST
I agree I agree You are right ... that is a wonderful forum. I have bookmarked it for reference and further reading.

Thanks for pointing it to me I tip my hat to you.

Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 10, 2012 12:09 PM CST
You are most welcome, Marilyn!! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Kate
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LabourofLove
Jun 11, 2012 7:13 PM CST
The best way I've found to plant a clump (rather than individual rosettes) is to make a mound of thick mud a couple of inches higher than the surrounding soil surface. Hold the clump roots-up in your dominant hand and quickly flip it and slap it into the mud (all in one smooth motion). You will have great soil to root contact and the plants will still be slightly above grade for better drainage.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 13, 2012 5:52 AM CST
Thanks, Kate!
Sounds like a great method. Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 13, 2012 4:18 PM CST

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Great method Kate. Can you show us a photo of how big you make the mound and what the clump looks like after making contact?
Your plants are always healthy and well grown when they arrive.
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LabourofLove
Jun 14, 2012 3:49 AM CST
I've never bothered to photo the process. Mud 2" higher than the surrounding soil level (grade) and when you whap the clump in, it flattens the mud a bit, but still keeps the entirety slightly above grade.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 14, 2012 8:05 AM CST

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 14, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Hmmm.. interesting. I still have a jug of little wintersown hardy sempervivum that I want to plant into flower beds. They're still pretty tiny. How many should I use per clump?

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 14, 2012 10:04 AM CST

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Each one will make it's own little colony. I think I would give each enough space to grow to it's full potential.
Maybe there is some one here that has already gone through that process with tiny seedlings?

Can we see a photo of the little tykes. Smiling
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 14, 2012 12:55 PM CST
I'll try to get one later, Lynn.

Karen
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 14, 2012 1:20 PM CST

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Thank you Karen, it would be so much fun to see how they are doing now.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 14, 2012 3:13 PM CST
I wintersowed these and they were among my earliest WSown sprouts. It was probably late February or March. This is today.
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I pricked out a few individual ones and stuck in a pot a few weeks ago.
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Most of my WSown seedlings I transplant as little hunks of seedlings. OK to do that with these, as Kate described above? I've never grown any semps before.

Karen



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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 14, 2012 5:22 PM CST

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Oh my gosh, look how much they have grown. Blinking
They are adorable.
I think Kate was talking about a rosette with offsets. That method won't work for these tiny babies. Each needs a little space to call it's own so they can grow.

Thank you so much for posting the photos Karen. Group hug

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