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Name: C Folsom
Denver, Co
Sep 18, 2015 2:28 PM CST
I went through all the squashed, smashed, disfigured, and buried in concrete debris semps. The ones that sustained the most damaged were those that DIDN'T have a strong root system in place. I moved several offshoots this spring that just hadn't taken root very well yet. I find this common with my rock garden setup- with native clay soil, I try to avoid wet feet by putting my semps up on landscaping gravel. The hens are fine once they are established but the chicks tend to have a little fight to get roots down before they fully thrive. Usually it takes a winter/spring before the chicks root down far enough.

The semps that were in the worst shape had the center rosettes mangled, and I abandoned them, the smaller ones closed up like a tulip. I DO have some of my grandma's semps up against the fence that were not damaged at all, so I decided to try an experiment with my injured ones.

I purchased a Lowe's gallon semp (emerald something ) for a $1.50 this past weekend. It was rooted very far down in what seemed to be all wet, heavy coir. It had babies galore and appeared very happy. I then read this article after my concrete work

SO.... I have moved my tulip closed semps to a new area and am deliberately watering them every few days (I don't water my semps at all typically ). Some are still closed up, some are opening. I guess we will have to wait and see

oh, and since valley Lynn was having a semp sale... I've added a few new ones for good measure

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Name: C Folsom
Denver, Co
Sep 18, 2015 3:18 PM CST

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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Sep 18, 2015 4:37 PM CST
Oh how sweet that little blonde semp is. Lovey dubby

Great idea to water them gently until the roots get back into the ground. When they close up like that they are trying to protect the center from dehydration. That is where all the new growth comes from. Good work Cassandra. Hurray!
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Sep 18, 2015 7:22 PM CST
With that sweet assistant Lovey dubby , no doubt you will have the most beautiful semp. garden in no time!

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