Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: What to plant in Lava or Volcanic Rock with Natural Pockets

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 3, 2012 9:02 PM CST
I have acquired some Lava Rock with natural Pockets and need suggestions on what would be best to plant in them. I'm all ears!

From everything I read it is well suited to succulents and has good drainige. I am wondering how much and what type soil I should use. I'm all ears!

This one looks like someones foot, God forbid Blinking
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This one is about 12-14" x 6-8" big

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Marilyn
Name: Sandi
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picklepuff
Jun 3, 2012 10:10 PM CST
Oh, I like the rocks. My neighbor has similar rocks in one of her flower beds. Ice plants do really well in her rocks. I would say any semps or succulents would do well also. Since we get very little rain in Colorado. Great find Marilyn!
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 4, 2012 12:28 AM CST

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Love your lava rock! That will look really cool planted. Be sure to post some pics!
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Moby
Jun 4, 2012 7:23 AM CST
Do you need to do anything special with the rock in the winter, such as putting them in a protected area?
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 4, 2012 8:06 AM CST

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Semps would work great!

Moby, I don't think you'd have to do anything special with it, unless the pockets were real deep and didn't drain well. Then you might want to move it to a more protected area so water doesn't stand in it.
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tabby
Jun 4, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Timberline has mostly semps planted in the holes of large lava rocks.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Thanks,

I will take suggestions under consideration. I picked up (and I feel it) several at High Plains Stone. They have a wonderful selection.

These are not too large as I could not pick up the big ones. Wish I could have one of the really nice big ones they have. I will be taking pictures.
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Jun 4, 2012 9:55 AM CST

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Good - looking forward to the pictures!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 1:35 PM CST

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Great rock find Sis. Looks like it will drain well. I have just the semps for that wonderful petrified clog. Whistling
S. speciosum, it stays tiny.
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Or this sweet little S. 'Pixie'. It gets a tiny bit bigger than speciosum.


Or this awesome colored (in spring) S. comollii. The largest rosette is 2 1/2 inches across. Maybe not meant for your clog rock. But I'm sure you can find something else to put it in. Whistling


This is another nice small one. S. 'Hookerii'.


And I mustn't forget Silver Baby and Silver Angel (her spring color). Both tiny semps.
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Hens and chicks will be perfect I think

As in Old Mother in the Shoe Rolling on the floor laughing or Clog as the case might be
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 2:44 PM CST

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Harvesting as you type. Thumbs up
Name: Kim
DC area (Zone 6b)
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twowee
Jun 4, 2012 3:26 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing A clump of family semp in a clog would look really nice. Take pictures, please.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 4:35 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing So true Kim.
And to think Sis had no interest in them until this spring. Whistling
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2012 4:51 PM CST
I cannot believe I plant one or two then run out and try to get a descent picture and then back in the house to cool off.. about 90 today.
Then update my posts, email, tree mail and whatever I am following, eat a bite, run back outside to see how things are settling in .................................................... Don't even think about housecleaning or other really boring tasks.

See what you did LYNN. Smiling

I think you created a monster. Now if they will just survive the winter. Blinking

Found this in the Goodwill basket.. I may never be able to throw anything out again.


Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 5:04 PM CST

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House cleaning is for winter, or other weather that is not conducive to gardening. Green Grin!
I see no monster, just a loving plant mommy.
Tabby, Sandi and Audie can help you figure out how to keep them safe during winter. They are experts in your part of the country. Thumbs up

Oooooh, I love that Sis. Does it have a drainage hole? Water won't sit in the saucer? Don't want to drown that precious baby. That one will make a great house plant when the weather starts getting cold.

Can't wait to see photos of your planted shoe rock. Smiling

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tabby
Jun 4, 2012 5:07 PM CST
Yeah, I'm spending most of my time indoors too today. It's just too hot out and the heat makes me sick.

Got another bee hive in the yard today so now I'm up to four. The bees are fun to watch.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 5:11 PM CST

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I bet they love the semp blooms. I know they do here.
Way to hot at that temperature for me to be outside. It is raining again and in low 60's. Great weather to garden in when the rain stops. Soon we will be into drought season and higher temps.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Yes it has a small hole and I used the cactus mix. I will watch it closely as it was already looking puny. Sad Big Grin

I think I told you in tree mail I ordered 3 more teacups or plant cups as well as a mini greenhouse nodding nodding

I don't want to lose these babies this winter. Crying

Am also looking at cold frames as possibility as well. Think my neighbors will complain if I put out by side of the house? I may have to ask the HOA. Since the greenhouse will be inside the patio that one is OK.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 6:14 PM CST

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Are you starting a succulent nursery? Blinking
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 4, 2012 6:22 PM CST
Not for sale, but hopefully for saving over winter... It is only about 2X2X4 so not too big

Do you think I am getting carried away Rolling on the floor laughing

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