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Growing Sempervivum in Containers

By goldfinch4
March 9, 2013

An easy and inexpensive way to get started with sempervivums is to grow them in containers. But that's not the only reason to plant them in containers.

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Mar 8, 2013 6:50 PM CST
I especially like the mixes that people recommended for different zones!
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canadanna
Mar 8, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Like that too. I agree I am going to put this as a link in my gardenclub's FB page. We recently did a workshop on hypertufa.Timely! Hurray!
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Mar 8, 2013 7:30 PM CST

One question.... for now ...

Why is your chicken grit dark? The one I bought here was a bright white.

Are there different kinds of Chicken Grit? I am going to have to get more Hypertufa.

Great article. Good comments from some of the avid semaholics Hilarious!


Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Great article Chris. Your containers are always beautiful, you have a knack for growing in containers. Thumbs up

I love all the different recipes for potting mix. Lets us all understand that one recipe may not fit all situations. So experiment and find the one that works for your climate and growing conditions.

Marilyn did you check the information on the bag? Is it a granite/stone product or crushed oyster shells. Maybe you could show us a photo?
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springcolor
Mar 8, 2013 8:11 PM CST
Love your containers.
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2013 8:12 PM CST
Chris is a master at container gardening. Hurray!
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CDsSister
Mar 8, 2013 8:20 PM CST

Picture maybe when the blizzard passes Confused Blinking

Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 8, 2013 8:23 PM CST
Chris, I loved the point you made about how containers are beneficial to the health of your plants in that containers enable one to "save" a plant from a deluge of rain or drip, or overbearing sun or devasting wind or pelting hail, etc. just by picking it up or wheeling it out of the way of danger.
I had all my semps in 11 flats of soil for 12 years and it was so easy to move and rotate and re-locate to 3 different states. Now all 11 flats are planted into a raised brick bed and I can't move a thing. The sun only shines at a certain angle on the bed and I can't rotate it. And if my husband changes jobs and needs to move..... Grumbling
Well, gotta read the rest of the article. Smiling
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 8, 2013 8:29 PM CST
P.S.loved your container plantings! Smiling
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bitbit
Mar 8, 2013 10:04 PM CST
That swan container is spectacular!

I've got a question (maybe best aimed at ValleyLynn). Forest compost? Do you just mean you scoop up stuff from the forest floor, maybe between the leaf litter and the true soil? Or is this a product I'm unfamiliar with?
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2013 10:19 PM CST
It is shredded forest products that are composted. We get it from our local Farm & Feed store. The carrry compost and different grades of bark mulch.
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bitbit
Mar 8, 2013 11:07 PM CST
Thanks for explaining! I liked my mental image, but it didn't seem very efficient Whistling

I've definitely never seen anything like that at my local garden centers, but I'll ask next time I'm in. Certain things stay in a shed until someone utters the secret password... I was driving half an hour to get my pelleted chicken manure, only to find out years later that my local shop carried it all along!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2013 11:19 PM CST
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Here is a place in your area that has compost. http://www.enchantedforestnursery.com/
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bitbit
Mar 8, 2013 11:40 PM CST
You are a fount of knowledge, Lynn! I've never heard of that place, and it's only half an hour from my house! Hurray! That's no further than my old bird doo supplier Rolling on the floor laughing
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Marilyn
Mar 8, 2013 11:45 PM CST
Bit,

"old bird doo supplier"??? Confused Blinking Hilarious!

Marilyn
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2013 11:54 PM CST
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Glad I could help. Smiling
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bitbit
Mar 9, 2013 12:11 AM CST
Marilyn, I was referencing my previous post - driving half an hour for chicken manure when there was a store in my city that sold it all along.
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goldfinch4
Mar 9, 2013 2:39 AM CST
Sorry for the late participate in this discussion - I go to bed really early. *Blush*

Thanks for all the kind comments, and to Lynn for answering some of the questions and concerns! Thumbs up

I was hoping all the different recipes would help people create their own ideal mix, and I appreciate your feedback on that!

Bev, the thought of moving at this point in my gardening life is overwhelming. I couldn't even imagine trying to move all my plants. I hope your DH doesn't change jobs for a long, long time.

Bitbit, the swan is one of Lynn's containers. It is gorgeous!
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Marilyn
Mar 9, 2013 4:45 AM CST
bitbit said:Marilyn, I was referencing my previous post - driving half an hour for chicken manure when there was a store in my city that sold it all along.


Rolling on the floor laughing *Blush* nodding Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 9, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Good morning Chris. This article makes me want to get out and grab some containers and get to planting. Hurray!

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