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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 9, 2014 12:51 PM CST

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I am finding that this plant keeps a much darker chocolate color if given more shade. It also looks it's best if watered regularly and planted in fast draining soil. Something seems to nibble on it occasionally, marring the leaves. I think it is slugs that are feeding on it when it first emerges from dormancy. You can also see in the second photo that is dehydrated because our drought season has arrived (90° temps and no water). I will start watering for this growing season this evening. The leaves should quickly plump up. Smiling
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Photo from today.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 9, 2014 1:02 PM CST
That is a truly beautiful plant! With a name like Chocolate Drop... Whistling If I were a slug, I'd find it tasty too! Green Grin! Beautiful! Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 9, 2014 1:11 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing
Thank you Tara. It is tempting when I look at it. Whistling
Now I'm getting hungry.

Even the blooms are interesting.
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terrafirma
Jul 9, 2014 1:16 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 9, 2014 1:18 PM CST

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On my way to the freezer to get a mini York Mint Pattie. Green Grin!
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Jul 9, 2014 1:19 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 9, 2014 1:43 PM CST

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I have yet to try taking stem cuttings to see how well they will root. It would be nice to increase the size of the clump, making more of a statement with it's color.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 12, 2014 12:31 AM CST
If you want to try stem cuttings do it soon, as the plants will start shutting down for fall soon! Funny some are really easy and others root fast. Purple Emperor is hard for me to get going, not sure why.
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Jul 12, 2014 2:17 AM CST

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That sure is a beautiful color Lynn. Lovey dubby
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 7:22 AM CST

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I should do an experiment. Take a few cutting from each one and pot them up. Keep a chart on how each one does.
Chocolate Drop
Blue Pearl
And a couple more of the dark leafed sedum.
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springcolor
Jul 12, 2014 9:22 AM CST
That's a good idea, most of them root quick.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 10:12 AM CST

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On my way out to take cuttings. Hurray!
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springcolor
Jul 12, 2014 11:50 AM CST
Lynn, I dip mine in root tone and you might want to callus them a bit before planting.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 1:11 PM CST

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Okay, I have begun the experiment using Xenox, Bertram Anderson, Plum Perfection, Chocolate Drop and Blue Pearl. We will see how this goes.
I took one stem cutting from each, except Bertram Anderson (2 stems). I cut each stem into 3 pieces and have them drying (callousing over). It is so hot here right now I think they will be ready to plant sometime tomorrow. I will use rooting hormone on each piece before planting into 5" pots. I placed the pots on the covered deck for some early morning sun, shade the rest of the day. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 7:23 PM CST

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I didn't have to wait until tomorrow. It was so hot here that the cut ends are already calloused over. They have been dipped in water, then into rooting hormone, then planted.
The waiting begins.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 12, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Hurray! You will have some new plants i just a few weeks.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2014 8:40 PM CST

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Hurray! I can't wait to see them grow. If I can get the Blue Pearl to grow, I don't know how it wouldn't work for the nurseries. We will have to wait and see.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 14, 2014 11:48 PM CST
Lynn that Blue Pearl really was pretty, I remember it!! Wishing you luck on your cuttings! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 14, 2014 11:51 PM CST

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It will be interesting to see if they really are difficult to root.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Jul 15, 2014 12:02 AM CST
You are reminding me that I want to take cuttings from the one I have which is dark red leaves and tannish blooms! I think having these lined up along a path would be so lovely!!! Thumbs up
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