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Name: David
County Antrim, Northern Irelan (Zone 9a)
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Daithi
May 27, 2020 9:12 AM CST
Hello

I have these plants which are producing lots of chicks. I think that's what they're called. The first two photos are me trying to create a "garden". I had this notion that the chicks would root themselves and spread. Sadly not. Do I cut them off and re-pot? Do I replant them in the same Garden or in separate small pots. Where do I cut?

Some of the plants are just growing up. Should they be?

The third picture is a plant I want to keep alone that in a pot but still have the chicks to deal with.

Any advice gratefully received.

David
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 27, 2020 10:09 AM CST
Your plants are Sempervivums. Sempervivums are monocarpic, meaning the mother plant grows lots of offsets (chicks), blooms and dies. The offsets grow up, have chicks and bloom and die. Its just what they do. It looks like the rosette on the right in photo #1 is going to bloom. The pot needs to be wide enough to accommodate the every widening brood or, it needs to be planted into your garden. Hopefully, you can root all the chicks hanging over the edge of the pot.

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Name: David
County Antrim, Northern Irelan (Zone 9a)
total beginner....be gentle :)
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Daithi
May 28, 2020 5:17 AM CST
Thank you DaisyI

I didn't know about monocarpic succulents. Cycle of life stuff I suppose but still a bit sad, Does the same apply to pics 2 & 3?

In pic one there is enough room to replant the chicks. Where do I cut them? Do I remove the whole stem and just cut leaving maybe the upper 3/4 inch?

I'm thinking now need to remove the chicks from plant in pic 3.

I don't know if Planting outside is an option. I'm just starting to learn about this. I live in Belfast, USDA Zone 9 and the only place I have faces East. In summer I get sun up to 13:00 pm. I've a small garden but most of that is occupied by 3 trees so it's mostly in shade. I do have a paved patio so they would need to be in pots. Fortunately I also have a conservatory where I have most of my plants.

You've give me much food for thought.

Thank you.

David
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 28, 2020 10:42 AM CST
Your Semps aren't getting enough sun or the chicks would be right up against the mother plant under her "skirts". I am attaching a photo of one of mine:

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The chicks may root if you cut them off - it all depends upon whether they can root before they run out of stored energy.

The only one obviously going to bloom is in Photo 1. Both the older plants in my photo are going to bloom. The blooms are the center of the rosette elongating and then blooming.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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