Containers forum: Succulent Sphere

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Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Feb 8, 2014 8:13 AM CST
I've had a lot of fun making spheres out of hanging baskets, or using a topiary sphere filled with panty hose with soil in them all coiled up. Whatever works...
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This is the bigger type, made with two hanging baskets wired together, with their coir liners filled with Sunshine Mix #4. This is the third winter for it, so we'll see how it looks when it emerges. The spaces left by dying Semps get filled with either the chicks from the remaining ones, or I will fill them in; I don't 'plant' them, just set the chicks on the surface where they root quickly.


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Here is the panty hose sphere and a link to more images and how-to on Hometalk; http://www.hometalk.com/1876019/sempervivum-sphere-update

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 8, 2014 7:23 PM CST
They look great! Smiling
Name: Kim Jacobi
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LAGardengirl
Feb 14, 2014 5:12 PM CST
Very nice!
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 14, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Beautiful.
I so wish we could grow Simpervivums down here! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 17, 2014 10:41 AM CST
BlueFox, Your sphere turned out super awesome!! Thumbs up Thumbs up I have had one in my garden for about 6 years and love it.
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
May 2, 2014 2:13 AM CST
Great idea with the panty hose!
Name: Donald
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needrain
Jun 28, 2014 10:01 AM CST
These look great! I've been wanting to try that with the achimenes but never have.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 29, 2014 7:41 AM CST

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Donald is saw your achimenes on another thread somewhere. They would be beautiful in a sphere container. Hope you give it a try.
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM CST
Achimines would be great! I've also seen beautiful moss ones, but a lot smaller. There is no limit to what you can do. My spheres all took such a beating over the winter, but they are surviving and starting to come back. I just have to take better care of them.

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