Propagation forum: New to Sempervivum. Can I repot and seperate?

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Name: Ger

Ger_D
Oct 31, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Hi there,

I'm new to gardening and picked up picked two Sempervivum plants. Looking for some advice!

The Sempervivum in the first photo has grown a lot in the two months since I bought it and I'm wondering is it ok to move it to a larger pot during the winter period? Also is it ok to seperate the Hen and the chicks or should I leave them alone until after the winter?

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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 9, 2015 8:23 AM CST
Welcome! , Ger!

I know most people recommend waiting until Spring to propagate most plants. I can't speak with any confidence about sempervivum, in particular, because I don't currently own any, but I hope some of the experts jump in and let you know!

Great looking plant(s) there! Do you know what cultivar they are, by chance?
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springcolor
Nov 9, 2015 10:34 AM CST
We need a bit more info like, your general location, zone and such. I will call one of the moderators @valleylynn
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purpleinopp
Nov 12, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Sempervivums are quite hardy. If you live within their zones of hardiness, it should do better outside over winter than inside. Agree, specific suggestions can't be given without knowing what state or zone you are in.
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Jan 6, 2016 2:05 AM CST
Hi Ger-D,
I grow over 135+ different Sempervivums and have since the 80's. I don't know where you live but if it is zone 4 and southwards they are best planted in the garden. Semps do not make good houseplants. They are hardy succulent perennials. Only if given winter cold will they become colorful garden gems. They are my favorite second to daylilies and irises.

The hen's lifespan is 3 years. She will bloom, then die to leave space for her offsprings. Meanwhile she has produced many chicks to carry on.

As far as your question, I would leave them as is until you can plant it outside in early spring when winter is over. Chicks can be removed and potted up for the winter to be planted outdoors.

Below are some of my Semps taken in May. The single one is Deimos, a beauty.

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