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Succulents for Cold Climates - Those Gorgeous Sempervivums

By BlueFox
March 15, 2013

With all the buzz about growing succulents, using them for making topiaries and mosaics, planting them in hypertufa creations, and even using them as wedding flowers, it’s a shame that those of us gardening in the northern climates of Canada and Europe don’t seem to have any choices for hardy succulent plants that will perform those same functions.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2013 7:58 PM CST
Hurray! Jacki this article does a terrific job of showing just how tough sempervivum are for our Northern growers. Hope this encourages many to try this wonderful type of succulent. Thumbs up
Name: Kate
S Wales UK (Zone 9a)
Region: Wales Region: United Kingdom Cat Lover Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
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Eviesmummy
Mar 15, 2013 2:53 AM CST
Great job Jacki! Being in the UK these are one of the only outdoor succulent options for me. I can't wait to try out some topiary forms when my newly aquired plants start to produce chicks Hurray!
Kate UK
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 15, 2013 3:05 AM CST
Nice article Jacki! Also like to add that your website is fantastic. So much information and so many ideas! Thumbs up Hurray! Hurray!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland (Zone 4a)
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Ferns Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Sempervivums
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magga
Mar 15, 2013 12:55 PM CST
Thanks for this great article. Just what I needed today. Hurray! nodding nodding
Magga
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Can Iceland and Canada send plants back and forth freely?
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland (Zone 4a)
Foliage Fan Roses Region: Europe Peonies Lilies Dog Lover
Ferns Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Seed Starter Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Sempervivums
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magga
Mar 15, 2013 4:37 PM CST
There are some restrictions regarding import of plants to Iceland. A health certificate is needed when buying plants from any other country for resale. But people are allowed to take with them a couple of plants for their own personal use and I see in the regulations that the same goes for sending a small plant in the mail.
Seeds and bulbs can be sent freely and I have received small seedlings in the mail without any trouble.

I received Sempervium seeds from Jonna Sudenius in Belgium and I´m very excited about what will germinate. I don´t have any semps in my garden but I have some Saxifragas and sedums, my favorit is Saxifraga cotyledon, which is a native plant, but it is rare and grows in the south-east part of the Iceland in cliffs high in the mountains below the huge glacier Vatnajokull.

I think the succulents you grow in the US and Canada are so beautiful and you I love how you display them in all kinds of containers. Green Grin! Green Grin!



Magga
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 15, 2013 6:50 PM CST
Maga, I love the saxifraga. I Have several different types.
You will have so much fun growing sempervivum from seed. They are quite easy to do.
I look forward to seeing photos of your semps when they get going. Thumbs up
It is also very exciting to see what kinds you will get from the seed. They cross pollinate easily, creating new crosses. Big Grin
Name: Jackie
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
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Jookieblue
Mar 16, 2013 8:08 AM CST
I love this article because it definitely applies to me! I cant wait for summer so I can try all sorts of things with my semps! Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 16, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! And I can't wait to see what you do with them Jackie. Hurray!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 16, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I agree
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Mar 18, 2013 1:53 PM CST
I've been winter sowing seeds that I save every year from my Semps - I sold lots of them this year too. I totally recommend that you grow them, however you can get them Rolling my eyes. I love Sempervivum...
Name: Jackie
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
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Jookieblue
Mar 18, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Me too!! They are such unique plants I just cant get enough now Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 18, 2013 2:47 PM CST
Hi Jacki. Good to see you.
My only experience so far with semps from seed is the reseeding they've done in the beds. Evidently they reseed easily.
Name: Jackie
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
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Jookieblue
Mar 18, 2013 4:53 PM CST
Well my hubby is going to make me a bunch of beds as soon as it warms up so I will be adding semps into it. They can stay in the beds all winter and be ok right?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 18, 2013 5:22 PM CST
They certainly can Jackie. Thumbs up
Name: Jackie
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener
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Jookieblue
Mar 18, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Thank you Lynn. I will do that then. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 18, 2013 7:36 PM CST
You will be so happy at how easy it is. Smiling
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Aug 14, 2013 7:14 AM CST
I had to laugh (well, only a little) at one gal who commented on my site; she accused me of making a mistake, and that there are only really three kinds - a red kind, a green kind and a cobweb kind, and that the only reason my plants look different is that the pictures were all taken when the plants were in different stages of dryness, I tried to be kind and pointed out that all the pictures on the page in question were taken at the same time. I don't think she believed me.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Aug 14, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Hmmmmm, wonder where she got her information? Blinking
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Aug 14, 2013 1:11 PM CST
Wow, maybe she will find her way here to the database. We all keep learning, each day upon waking up. Hurray!

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