Sempervivum Tip: Sempervivum rot

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Sempervivum Tip

By gg5
March 14, 2013

If you live in an area that is wet and rainy during winter and spring, make sure to check your sempervivums periodically for rot. If the leaves near the base are brown and "mushy," gently lift the plant from the soil. Peel the dead leaves from the stem and let the plant dry out for a day or so, then replant it. Your plant will respond quickly and happily!

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chelle
Mar 13, 2013 6:11 PM CST
Thank you, Greg! Thumbs up

Your picture shows just what we need to be on the lookout for.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 13, 2013 6:47 PM CST
I know right! Rolling on the floor laughing Guess I'm the bad boy of the bunch! Rolling on the floor laughing Actually though...this plant is a NOID and looks so bad one week, then I'll look again and its glowing and amazing, I wish I knew what it was, but its a great plant!! One of my favs, even though about 2 times per year it looks kind of "yucky" Whistling
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 13, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Good helpful tip for those that may be worried!
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CDsSister
Mar 13, 2013 9:03 PM CST

Was that the before picture? Could we see the after too??


Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 13, 2013 9:29 PM CST
Great tip Greg. I have a few varieties that do the rot thing during our long months of rain. They do seem to recover once the drier weather arrives. Last week I redid the ones that are prone to rot. Going to dry something new this year in preparation for rainy season, to see if I can keep them from rotting.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Mar 13, 2013 11:02 PM CST
Gonna give us a hint, Lynn? I'm all ears!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 13, 2013 11:11 PM CST
Lavender and Old Lace, Lilac Queen are the two I have the most trouble with. They are such lovely semps I hate to give up on them.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 13, 2013 11:28 PM CST
valleylynn said: Last week I redid the ones that are prone to rot. Going to dry something new this year in preparation for rainy season, to see if I can keep them from rotting.

Lynn, were you going to "dry something new..." this year or "try" something new?

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KAMasud
Mar 14, 2013 4:49 AM CST
Hilarious! Lynn does that with me to quite frequently then I remember that she is a grandmother and has over the years learnt how to ignore minor irritations in life. Plus that dry and try tells me she had an extra helping of sweet Thumbs up .
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Eviesmummy
Mar 14, 2013 7:09 AM CST
Great tip Greg!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Dry, try, they are so similar. And I was typing on my GD laptop. Sticking tongue out
I am going to try to mound the area for those semps, with a lot of gravel mixed in, and lots tucked up under there bottom leaves. Thumbs up

Hope I got it right this time. I'm back home on my own computer. Not that it will make much difference. Sometimes my fingers and mind don't work together to well. Whistling
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gg5
Mar 14, 2013 7:22 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I hear ya!
Lynn its a good idea! I know you'll let us know how this goes, are you doing it for next year, or now??
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 7:40 PM CST
I will be moving them sometime in the next couple of weeks, so they have all summer to set good roots again. Then I will see how they do this next winter/spring. If they continue with the rot problem during rainy season I will find them new homes. They never die out, just look pitiful until warm, dry weather returns.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 14, 2013 7:55 PM CST
The one I have that does this, looks bad, but it is such a lovely semp in all other ways - its matt forming, sends out lots of chicks, and its small, but shaped like some of the larger ones, and not fuzzy at all, and I love the color! All reasons to hang onto it and enjoy! But good luck Lynn with this!!
I tip my hat to you.
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 7:59 PM CST
I haven't given up yet. Thumbs up
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 14, 2013 8:00 PM CST
I know - you're good!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 8:03 PM CST
Evidently not so good so far, when it comes to these two semps. *Blush*
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 14, 2013 8:20 PM CST
Aw, sorry!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 8:26 PM CST
Hurray! But there is hope, 416 other varieties that are doing well. Oops, I just got a box full of more varieties, not sure how many. Lots to be thankful for. Hurray!
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 14, 2013 8:31 PM CST
How nice is that!!! I guess since I didn't win the big prizes its time to get a bit of shopping in, just a bit! Whistling
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