Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Featured Sempervivum Week 6: 'Plastic'

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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 21, 2014 1:57 AM CST

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Hybridized by Edward Skrocki (US) in 1990. This one is sure appropriately named since it actually does look like it's artificial and made from plastic. Love it because of it's fat juicy leaves and many looks during the year. Planted in containers it remains quite small for me, under 2" diameter, but it definitely responds well to stress with some amazing colors.
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Planted in the ground it tends to remain mostly green but gets larger and produces more offsets.
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Comparison of pot and ground grown next to each other, given the same light, water, etc.
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I'll try to get out there today and get some updated pictures.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2014 9:31 AM CST

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Wonderful comparison photos Chris. This is one of my favorites, I love it's unique qualities.
I think @JungleShadows used it last year in his hybridizing. Wonder what came of the seedlings?

I get a photo of mine sometime today to share.
Meanwhile, here is a photo of mine from May of last year.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 21, 2014 10:28 AM CST
Love it!! Thanks Chris and Lynn for sharing photos and info! I tip my hat to you. I like the bright pink stolons that are on mine, but don't have photos of it - maybe tomorrow! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 21, 2014 4:48 PM CST
I'll try to get a picture today also. It is an interesting one.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 21, 2014 4:50 PM CST

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Here it is today after a week of rain.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 21, 2014 4:54 PM CST
Wow, love that!!
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Name: Bob Rose
Youngstown, Ohio (Zone 5a)
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bobbydrose
Jun 21, 2014 4:57 PM CST
Strange how it grows differently from pot to ground. Nice photos.
Name: Bob Rose
Youngstown, Ohio (Zone 5a)
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bobbydrose
Jun 21, 2014 4:59 PM CST
Then again, my plants do grow better in the ground if I can keep the worms from eating the roots and the chipmunks from eating the leaves.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 21, 2014 5:07 PM CST

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It is an unusual one!
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 21, 2014 5:31 PM CST
I looks like it is holding up well with the rain.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2014 5:56 PM CST

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This is a semp that does not seem to be bothered by months of cold + torrential rains. One tough semp.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 21, 2014 5:59 PM CST
It must be those thick leaves that gives it its tolerance of wet conditions.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 21, 2014 7:15 PM CST

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Here is my photo taken today.



This is also a very prolific sempervivum.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 21, 2014 10:36 PM CST
Great Photo Lynn!!!
Hers mine. It's still small but growing.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 22, 2014 12:19 AM CST

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Beautiful youngsters Julia.
Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Jun 22, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Here's mine...I, too, love this one!
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Patty 🌺
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2014 8:00 AM CST

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Great pictures everyone! Looks like this is one of those semps that does good everywhere.
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jun 22, 2014 8:46 AM CST
I tried to cross reds and purples with it last year in order to get versions of 'Plastic' in those shades. The result? ONE seedling up. I'll try again this year and may use 'Plastic' pollen instead of setting seed on it. 'Weirdo' did about as well. From every flower crossed with 'Unicorn' I have one seedling up. I did expect the problems with 'Weirdo' as its flowers are very abnormal but the flowers on 'Plastioc' LOOK normal. Could be my choice of parents too. Some combinations don't make much viable seed.

Anyway, I'm sure I would like a version of this plant in different colors and maybe twice as large too.

Kevin

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 22, 2014 10:58 AM CST

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Hurray!
Don't give up Kevin. Silly me, of course you won't give up. Hilarious!
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 22, 2014 11:05 AM CST
A purple 'Plastic' would be gorgeous.
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