What To Do When Your Hardy Succulent Plant Plugs Arrive: Thanks so much Lynn

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What To Do When Your Hardy Succulent Plant Plugs Arrive

By valleylynn
June 11, 2011

Now that you have ordered your hardy succulents grown as plugs, you need to prepare for when they arrive. This is a great way to increase your collection of hardy succulents at a much reduced price. Here are the easy steps to healthy plants from plugs.

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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jun 11, 2011 4:25 PM CST
Thank you Lynn. The photos and explanations make it much easier to prep for my soon coming plugs. I was so hoping to read the proper mix to use under number 4. Lovey dubby Then I could just print out this page and go to work on my new babies prep. I will browse thru the cubit again, to search out all the info we discussed on the mix last year. One more question. Is the Cacti/Succulent mix that you buy in bags any good?
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MaryE
Jun 11, 2011 4:43 PM CST
Nice article. I'll be looking for the answer to your question.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 11, 2011 4:57 PM CST
I have never used the Cactus mix so don't know how well it works. There are so many different ways to make up your own mix, depending on your growing conditions.
Right now I am using Black Gold potting mix with added perlite and chicken grit mixed in. Once roots are well established I put them out in my raised beds which contain a mix of our local clay, forest compost, sand and chicken grits. I find that the peat that is used for most potting mixes either dries out and becomes hard, or retains to much moisture. It seems to do okay for starting root growth if I am careful about the watering.
You would have to play around with what works best for you. Just keep them somewhat sheltered until they have good root growth. Bright light or morning sun, protected from the harsh afternoon sun. : )
Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jun 11, 2011 5:07 PM CST
Ok Lynn, great . I already have my shelves where they will get Morning sun and afternoon shade. I also have other shelves in a different spot, where it is dappled shade most of the day. I usually put my brand new plantings there for a few days or more, until they get used to their environment.

Great article girl. Thanks again for all of the help.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 11, 2011 5:51 PM CST
You are welcome Debbie. Can't wait to see photos of your new plants. : )
Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jun 11, 2011 6:23 PM CST
LOL, me too!
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 11, 2011 6:30 PM CST
Mary are you new to semps? Just wondering how they do in your area?
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MaryE
Jun 11, 2011 7:00 PM CST
I have a few growing outside and some in the gh. I bought them at places like Walmart, just looking for shapes and colors, not knowing from the info tags which ones might be hardy here. Some just said sun loving succulent or something vague. I'll have to take a picture of the ones I planted outside a few years ago, they have grown nicely, filled in the spaces between them and look sort of like a mosiac. I have one kind in the gh that is bluish, not sure if it will survive outside, but since I have several, I think I'll risk planting some out with the others and see what happens.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 11, 2011 7:28 PM CST
I would love to see photos Mary. Just about any of the sempervivum should be hardy for you since they are an alpine plant. There are some of the tender succulents that can be mistaken for hardy sempervivum.
Right now Fred Myers has a nice selection of hardy Sempervivum. All sizes, shapes and colors. They are labeled as Sempervivum and some are named cultivars.
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BlueFox
Jun 13, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Thanks for all you do Lynn - I appreciate it and I'm sure others do too!
Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jun 13, 2011 11:07 AM CST
I second that Lynn. You make gardening fun and exciting. thanks a million
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Zanymuse
Jun 13, 2011 1:08 PM CST
I think you skipped the very first step... Hurray! jumping for joy!
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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
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valleylynn
Jun 13, 2011 2:00 PM CST
Your right Zany, I do jump for joy when a box of new plants arrive. It is always exciting to open the box and touch the new arrivals. Lovey dubby

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