Past Plants of the Day forum: Sempervivum of the Day: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zorba')

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 17, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Sempervivum is Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zorba').

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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zorba') .

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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zorba')
Name: Wolfgang Bleicher
Germany / Bavaria (Zone 7a)
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turini
Feb 17, 2016 6:46 PM CST
A cultivar which is very distinctive. But not easy to take pics of it. It's difficult to figure out the right photo setting. Just to reach balance between light and shadow. And have best contrast.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Feb 17, 2016 9:52 PM CST
I think Goldfinch's photo was a good capture of Zorba, don't you think?
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 17, 2016 10:23 PM CST
Love this semp! My plant bloomed, and a couple chicks were left and then they also began blooming which is what this picture is off, the offsets blooming out I tip my hat to you.


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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 17, 2016 11:12 PM CST
I love that the three photos in the first post show 'Zorba' in different stages. It is lovely with it's wonderful cilia covered leaves.

Greg I see you had one rosette still looking healthy. Did it make it?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Feb 18, 2016 2:33 AM CST
Like Wolfgang said, it's a very unique cultivar. Most of the year mine just remains solid green. And I must admit, mine needs dividing badly. I've had it for about 5 years now and last year it just went crazy producing chicks.
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Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
Feb 18, 2016 10:55 AM CST
I just bought my first Hen and Chicks, although it's just the hen right now, no chicks yet Big Grin Will regular cactus potting soil work, or is there something better?

I'm looking forward to learning more on this forum!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Hi Ibis,
I find the mix you use has a lot to do with your unique growing conditions. Being in FL where you can have hot/humid summers, I would give the cactus mix a try. You also get summer rains don't you? If so you would want your mix to drain very fast, as heat/humidity can quickly rot your semp. You can even place the container in a spot that is protected from rain, thus controlling the amount of water your semp is getting.

Hope this is helpful information for you?
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
Feb 18, 2016 11:37 AM CST
Thanks, Lynn - yes this is very helpful! The rains haven't started yet, but I usually amend store-bought potting soil with a generous amount of perlite anyway, to make sure it drains well. I can't do much about the humidity though - maybe it's better if I keep these inside during the summers?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 18, 2016 6:56 PM CST
They should be okay outside during summer. Just give them a spot that gets bright light, not full sun, and will only get water when you give it to them. That should protect them from the heat and humidity.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 20, 2016 4:22 AM CST
Lynn, I do have 3 small chicks of Zorba! But they are all looking happy so pretty sure they'll offset readily this year!
Ibis good luck with your semps! They are fun little plants! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 20, 2016 9:02 AM CST
Good to know Greg, thank you for the report. Was it under cover this winter. I know your area gets a lot of rain in the winter and spring.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 20, 2016 5:36 PM CST
Yes all my semps get plastic covers placed over them, this year, from late November and probably until mid March. If I notice there are several days of sunshine expected, I'll open the plastic to let the semps breath! Hurray!
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Feb 20, 2016 5:52 PM CST
Three cheers for hoop houses !!!!!
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 20, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Totally saving my semps! Hurray! Hurray!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Feb 20, 2016 11:01 PM CST
Hurray! It sure kept them healthy looking all through these many weeks of rain. Thumbs up
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
Feb 21, 2016 12:45 AM CST
I agree
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Patty
Feb 21, 2016 12:52 AM CST
Hoop hoop hurray! Hurray!
Patty 🌺

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