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Aug 26, 2015 2:38 PM CST
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Name: Michael
Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Sempervivums Hybridizer Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Region: Europe Garden Ideas: Level 1

I just took some fotos of my collection.
As we are living in the fourth floor with a larger balcony where sempervivum have to share the space with lots of other plants, I planted them in shallow plates of different sizes. This allows me to re-arrange or re-position them if sun is to intense or we are expecting longer rain.
Few of my sempervivum are named so I assigned numbers to them for identification.

This is my first plate everything started with last year...

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Then I came up with the "ingenious" idea to reuse my old working chair we had accidently left outside the whole winter. Picture number one is taken in May, number two just yesterday after slight rearrangement and replacement of the type in the background by a jovibarba (as all 24 rosettes decided to bloom at the same time). The variety in the lower left is my current favourite and took part in many crosses I made this year...

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Here are some more of my plates featuring some beautiful NOIDs...

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Then there are these ones I bought in Italy after having searched a number of nurseries for sempervivum (it seems they're not as commen as garden plants in Italy as in Germany)...

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and finally my first named varieties! According to the small nursery where I bought them there should be in the first plate: Plastic, Bronco (bought as Irazu), Donarrose, Noir, Reinhard, Heighham Red (labelled as Heighmann's Red) and Sapa. In the second there are Zannalee and Pacific Red Tide among three other non-identified varieties...

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The sempervivum offspring have already conquered the other pots and are hiding everywhere...

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together with some former single rosettes now about to form small colonies to become official (numbered) members of the collection.

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So far about my collection, hope you like the fotos.


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Aug 26, 2015 5:18 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Wonderful photos Michael. I love the geometric designs you have created with different sizes and textures of the sempervivum. Wonderful to look at.
And they are all so healthy looking.
I look forward to seeing what you get from your crosses. Hurray!
Aug 26, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Ireland . (Zone 9a)
Welcome! Welcome to ATP Michael. It looks like you're going to need an even bigger balcony very soon . Rolling on the floor laughing
Aug 27, 2015 10:40 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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I agree Yes, Welcome Michael! Thank you for sharing your collection with us. I think your Noids look great as they are members of an evolving pattern/design within your shallow plates.
Aug 28, 2015 11:04 AM CST
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Name: Michael
Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
Sempervivums Hybridizer Container Gardener Cactus and Succulents Region: Europe Garden Ideas: Level 1
Actually I did not think about planting them in a special pattern (although I could have...). I just always bought them in batches of 3 to 5 different types at a time until now and planted each batch in one plate. Having round plates and a certain number of semps I just cut the cake in "even" pieces (thirds, quarters,....) I found this the easiest way to grow them in compact carpetlike groups (I don't like clumps where offsets finally suppress the mother plant ) and to fit all types purchased in the plate. As the availability of rosettes in different types varies a lot the pieces have become a bit uneven... Whistling

Growing them in groups allows me to just take a foto from above, stick a small round adhesive marker close to each group on the foto and write the plant identification number on the marker (I made my own markers by using a hole puncher for paper and some bigger white adhesive labels). Then I store this "identification map" of the plate in my sempervivum folder and do not have to worry that next time I check my plates I will not remember what type they are. With spirals or other patterns that you could easily do with sempervivum this would not be possible... Big Grin Once I have a real garden I will give organized patterns or semp pictures a try... Hilarious!

Paddy's right, actually I was planning to stop collecting at this point and keep the remaining space for year there will be far more sempervivum plates than hot pepper plants on my balcony nodding
Aug 29, 2015 3:44 AM CST
Name: David Ross
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Just wanted to say how inspiring your photos are for me being fairly new to semps. I have a few unused pots and will follow your lead and try geometric gardening. Thumbs up
Aug 29, 2015 6:14 AM CST
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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What a wonderful collection Michael! And a good way to identify them also. I think you've been bitten by the semp bug and will be expanding your collection even more. I'm looking forward to seeing your crosses too.

Ivez152, Welcome! to ATP and the Semp Forum! Wonderful to have you here. I'm sure you'll find lots of inspiration. We'd love to see photos of your plants too!
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