Growing Pains: Getting big and having babies

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Growing Pains

By valleylynn
January 1, 2010

A plant clinic for Sempervivum, Jovibarba and J. heuffelii. This is a companion article for the Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum.

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Sep 5, 2010 8:56 PM CST
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What should I do with this? It looks like it might fall over soon.
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 6, 2010 5:20 PM CST
Oh No! Run - it's a triffid!

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 6, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Crying Jacki is that the juvenile form? Wonder what Dr. Houseleeks will recommend? Blinking
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Sep 6, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Maybe so! The person who gave it to me told me it was a paddle plant!
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
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BlueFox
Sep 7, 2010 2:58 PM CST
Triffids apparently have the ability to change their appearance depending on their surroundings - I have several triffids blending in to the squash plants on the compost.

Anna, all kidding aside, you appear to have one of the Kalanchoe tribe - does this one form baby plantlets on the edge of the leaves, by chance?

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twitcher
Sep 7, 2010 8:46 PM CST
I'm sure it does form babies that way. I have a form of that with cylindrical leaves that is basically a weed in some of my rhipsalis pots (but beautiful anyway).

My suggestion is to put it in a hanging pot, let it fall over and keep planting babies in the pot. The bigger plants can get pretty ugly. However, once it falls over, the new growth will start back upwards again for interesting affect.
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Sep 8, 2010 6:43 AM CST
You got it. Thanks for the advice. I better check the near by pots as I am sure this has sent off offspring.

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