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Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 6, 2021 5:07 PM CST
valleylynn said:They look healthy, just need to clean up the old leaves. The bottom rows and the oldest leaves, they eventually die and need to be taken off. I usually do it when I get them, remove the old leaves before planting.
I would also replant them. Separate the rosettes, clean them and replant. In no time at all they will take off growing and look wonderful.
Did you make name tags for them?


Separate the rosettes? You mean a semp with 4 rosettes is 4 semps? (I better start finding some pots) Would 4 inch pots be big enough for individual rosettes? I have a LOT of 4 inch pots. but those rosettes don't all have roots. They came from Perennial Obsessions
I did get Quick Start

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Feb 6, 2021 5:30 PM CST

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If there are no roots on the offsets you can leave them as is. Use a pair of tweezers and gently pull the dead leaves off. Don't replant.
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 6, 2021 5:34 PM CST
Thank you.
Name: Lynn
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Feb 6, 2021 5:41 PM CST

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Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 7, 2021 1:40 PM CST
In the interest of plucking dead leaves and not freezing, I brought in the pot with Gulle Dame and Kalinda and 2 others, and put on a Babylon 5 dvd. 2 shows in, all 4 plants had their dead leaves plucked, a brief soak in room temp water with quick start. I mixed in both sizes of pumice into the top 2 or 3 inches of dirt, (after I removed gravel and put it in a container to replace it.) I pruned every plant with a root away from the parent (most had really tiny roots at least once the dead leaves were gone) and planted them in groups near their name tag. It's warmer out now, I have to do fruit trees and firewood and greenhouse roof insulation for our coming cold front - those plants are tropical. I'll do the rest of the semps during the super bowl this evening.

Photo is Gulle Dame, the first picture right after I removed from pot, it did not look good, dents in the leaves, like maybe it was drying up? So I just did all the same. I lifted a peony from the ground yesterday and the dirt was bone dry 8 inches down, we have not had rain and I barely watered these when I planted them.

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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 7, 2021 2:07 PM CST

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You really don't want to soak the rosettes, just the roots. If you potting mix is dry I would rehydrate it before planting new semps. The dry soil can pull the moisture from the semps.
Beautiful and healthy roots on those semps. Hurray!
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 7, 2021 2:17 PM CST
they looked prettier after their dunk. these are out in sun so they should dry, I'm guessing spray bottle to rinse the dirt off their leaves after planting is also a no-no? you can tell I raise tropicals
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 7, 2021 3:00 PM CST

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You can use a soft bristled paint brush to clean the leaves. Smiling
Name: Sol Zimmerdahl
Portland, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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GeologicalForms
Feb 7, 2021 3:21 PM CST
Alice,
Just rolled up your sleeves, popped in Babylon 5 and went all out huh? Hilarious! I watched a season or two of that one but I'm really more of a Stargate fan myself, many-a-semp seed have been planted to sci-fi over here Smiling
Lynn's probably right but I dunk the whole thing to, never tried dunking in quick start though (I usually apply it afterwards) I bet they'll like that.
I use canned air to dust my plants sometimes, it works well but if you hold the can wrong it can shoot them with frosted air. I imagine they don't appreciate that but I haven't actually seen any damage result from it.
-Sol
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 7, 2021 3:59 PM CST
I like stargate too but strazynski's writing.... complex plot and you have to watch all 5 seasons to catch the punch line
Name: Sol Zimmerdahl
Portland, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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GeologicalForms
Feb 7, 2021 4:29 PM CST
Haha Yes we all have our favorites.
Name: Alice
Fort Worth (Zone 8a)
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Gypsi
Feb 7, 2021 5:34 PM CST
I missed some when it was on tv, but the last couple of season 5 were amazing and let me know I missed some stuff

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