Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Uh oh Jovibarba Hot lips about to bloom

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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 13, 2013 11:26 AM CST
I have these plants in different containers and some are about to bloom.
I am wondering if I should nip one or two? Are they gonna die after they bloom?

Is this the type that has to be divided to propagate?

HELP, I do not want to lose them all.

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This one sits off by itself and would be easy to decapitate.

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twitcher
Jun 13, 2013 2:51 PM CST
Jovi heuffelii need to be divided to propagate them (Hot Lips is a heuffelii). Cut between the rosettes, being careful to get portions of root on each half. The blooming rosette will die. However, if you divide the rosette in half, being careful to keep root on each half, it is likely that one half will survive.

So my advice: Divide the plant into two rosettes, then further cut the blooming rosette in half. Let dry a day or two, then plant. Keep a bit on the dry side until you see signs of growth, then resume normal care. If you are not concerned about loosing the blooming rosette, do nothing and enjoy the flower. The second rosette of the plant should survive the blooming and produce more plants for you.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 13, 2013 3:28 PM CST

Thanks, I will have to decide which one to divide and which to allow to bloom.

I knew there was something different about the way you handle the heuffelii and will have to make a choice bloom or surgery.

I appreciate your help
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jun 13, 2013 10:10 PM CST
Hi Marilyn, good questions! I agree with Twit that in the one photo, there looks to be one rosette that's blooming and one that isn't, so that is one you won't have to do anything about!! I tip my hat to you. It looks like a nice plant! Thumbs up
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twitcher
Jun 13, 2013 10:31 PM CST
To reinforce, the rosette that is blooming is the one to cut in half after it has been separated from the main plant.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 14, 2013 9:36 AM CST

Thanks Will attempt to do so after my doctors appointment.

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