Sempervivums are plants that originate on the European continent. Found at high altitudes known as alpine zones, they thrive in this harsh and rugged terrain. Sempervivums are becoming increasingly popular in the United States as gardeners fall in love with the textures and colors of these amazing little plants.
Where would we be without the nurseries that provide us with all the newest and latest varieties of Sempervivum? Trading is fun, but we need to remember to purchase from reputable nurseries in order to keep them in business.
There has been a recent update to the Plant Database. You can search many ways now for any type of plant: by characteristics, series, color, growing zones, etc. Here are some helpful instructions, using Sempervivum for the demonstration. This information applies to all other types of plants within the database.
Keep your beds, borders and containers clean during weed eating. Use old bed sheets to cover raised beds and borders when you do the weed eating. Once finished, just fold the sheets up and lift them off the beds, shake off over the lawn and wash them for the next time. The sheets are light weight enough that they will float over the plants and not press them down. On small areas you could use any piece of light weight cloth.
Keeping the ID of plants. There are many ways to ensure that you don't lose the identity of your plants. Whether they are in pots or in the ground, bury a tag in the ground, using pencil to write the name. Old venetian blinds cut to size make excellent labels to bury. Then, if desired, place a label beside the plant. Using this method covers the mishap of dogs or small children pulling/chewing up the aboveground labels. The label pictured here is a piece of venetian blind with ID written in pencil and was buried for a year. It contains other important information for me.
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.
There are hundreds of cultivars to choose from, most are easy to find; others are more difficult. Plant trading is a wonderful way to increase your collection. It really does become addictive to some of us.