Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Sempervivum root photos & discussion

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 10, 2014 5:07 PM CST

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Esperanza said:
Thankyou, Lynn for all the hard and informative work you do here. Adding root health and size would be a huge help for us newbies. I have kept my new planters almost dry. Just enough moister to stimulate root growth. It rained today, so for the first time they got what could blow in under gazebo. There are no new white roots on my recent plantings, except on my first planting about a month ago and they are holding themselves in the soil now. Root info on these guys would be extremely helpful. Again thankyou for all your help. Should I wait to do fun new plantings or are they hardy enough to move around? I have tons of experience with succulents, just not these.


@Esperanza I finally got a few photos of sempervivum roots for you. These are from 3 different sempervivum varieties represented. All are semps rosettes that are normally 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches at maturity. You can see that some put out a much more extensive root system, and some put out a shorter thicker root system. This will differ according to growing conditions. I hope this is helpful.
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If any of you have photos of sempervivum root systems, please feel free to post them here. Thumbs up
Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
Dec 16, 2014 9:14 PM CST
I just saw this. Thankyou very much for posting. I have lots of new root growth on mine now. I'll try and remember to takes some pics of the new growth next time I plant some more up.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 16, 2014 10:49 PM CST

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I look forward to your photos. Smiling
Ireland . (Zone 9a)
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Paddy
Dec 18, 2014 6:10 AM CST
Here's S.Noir I picked up for half price yesterday. I just took it from the container to view the roots before planting. Found two baby slugs hiding inside (squish).
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Ireland . (Zone 9a)
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Paddy
Dec 18, 2014 6:17 AM CST
I forgot to mention the root length is 3 3/4 " . It probably would be more in a deeper pot although it's not potbound.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 18, 2014 10:10 AM CST

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Nice Paddy.
The roots look healthy. Sure does look a bit water logged though.

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