Blog post: Balcony Bliss: Saving your semps

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This thread is in reply to a blog post by Pat72 entitled "Balcony Bliss".
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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Aug 5, 2013 7:25 PM CST

I am no expert and I am sure they will be along to read this and chime in but I really think all you need to do is remove them, shake off the soil, and put them in paper bags or some other easy vehicle (I don't think plastic is a good idea as that might encourage rot.)
then let them dry out for a few days and then lay them on their new home with lots of pebbles/grit topping the soil.

They should gradually acclimate to their new home over time.

That's my two cents.

I'm sure @valleylynn and @goldfinch4 and the other experts will be along to offer their expert advice.

Hurray! Hurray! for Saving Semps Hurray! Hurray!

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Aug 5, 2013 10:16 PM CST
Yes, I agree with Marilyn. Note sun exposure and what they look and feel like before you take them out to get idea of how they are and then just use hand shovel and take them up, remove excess soil and put in bags to transport to wherever. If they still have a little dirt on them, just lay them out somewhere like a table or counter in the shade and let dry out if they are wet. If already dry, you can plant them in well draining soil and put in shady area for them to acclimate to new soil and new environment. When they look and feel like how they were before you took them home, you could probably progressively move them out gradually to more sun exposure.

Thanks for being such a Semp Friend! Big Grin
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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Aug 6, 2013 12:03 AM CST
You've already received great advice here Pat for saving the semps. I am sorry to hear about your rough neighborhood though and hope you are safe.
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Name: Pat
Indianapolis, Indiana (Zone 6a)

Aug 6, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Awesome, thanks all!! Will do all of this advice! I will keep a bunch, and my Mom will get a bunch Thumbs up Big Grin Thanks Chris, yah it is pretty rough...but for some reason, it settles down a bit when schools are back in session... Sticking tongue out Smiling
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