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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 4, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Hello everyone! I got these two succulents from a friend (actually my son did), and I'm pretty sure they're some type of hen and chicks, or just some type of sempervivum.

If they are hen and chicks, then what type?
And if not, is it a sempervivum at all?

Thanks so much everyone!

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skopjecollection
May 4, 2020 10:39 AM CST
Probably calcareum, or a variant/cultivar of it. Semps can vary a lot thanks to hybrids, cultivars and different growing conditions.
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KFredenburg
May 4, 2020 10:48 AM CST
Thanks @skopjecollection! They definitely look like it, except for the color, but I think that's because it's a variant/cultivar of it, like you said.

My son @Johannian will be happy it was identified.
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May 4, 2020 10:49 AM CST
Thanks @skopjecollection!
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skopjecollection
May 4, 2020 10:55 AM CST
Color changes throughout the year. Like I said, growing conditions. Plants can be purple in march, blue in august and lime green in december...
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KFredenburg
May 4, 2020 11:12 AM CST
Thanks, good to know!
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valleylynn
May 5, 2020 8:37 PM CST
I've been gone all day and just got back. Thanks for the call out Sue.

@KFredenburg Hi Kim, nice sempervivum you have there. I agree with Stefan, it is a type of S. calcareum. It's looks will change quite a bit once it settles in. The colors will pretty much remain as they are. Might get a little deeper colored, or lighter. Here is a link to a list of different S. calcareum.
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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
May 5, 2020 8:42 PM CST
Thanks so much for the info @valleylynn!
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valleylynn
May 5, 2020 9:06 PM CST
You are welcome Kim. They will do better if you top dress the soil with some kind of chicken grit or maybe clean 1/4 minus sharp gravel, not the rounded smooth type of gravel. This will keep the bottom leaves from rotting when laying on the soil. I would also clean out all the old crispy leaves on the underside. This time of year they grow fast and they should start producing offsets soon.
I really like their blue green color, the maroon tips make a beautiful contrast.

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