Growing Pains: sick heuffelii (?)

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Growing Pains

By valleylynn
January 1, 2010

A plant clinic for Sempervivum, Jovibarba and J. heuffelii. This is a companion article for the Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum.

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Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Sherri
Sep 23, 2011 12:26 PM CST
I'm hoping for a few suggestions on what to do to help this little guy. I think it was fuego originally but now officially is a NOID. It was in the center portion of a strawberry pot with two sedums who may have been overwhelming it. It did bloom this year, so that is a portion of the brown leaves. In a plant like this do you try and remove as many brown leaves as possible? Even the ones in between two tight heads? Is it necessary or just cosmetic? I'll move him somewhere less crowded where he sits a bit higher too.
Hopefully there is a picture attached to this or I will try again.
Thanks for your help.


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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 23, 2011 8:43 PM CST
Great photo Sherri. Do all the rosettes come from one central root? If so it wouldn't be Sempervivum 'Fuego' since it is not a heuffelii.
All in all the plant looks pretty healthy. I know you have some major rainy season just around the corner. I would carefully remove the dried leaves and replant in fast draining soil with a top dressing of chicken grit or fine pea gravel.
From there I'm going to leave it to twit. He has nursed many a sick plant back to health. : )
Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Sherri
Sep 24, 2011 1:45 PM CST
Thanks! What do you do about the dried leaves tucked in tightly between two rosettes? Do you leave them? Try and pull them out. I keep remembering the words "benign neglect" and figure I'm going to fuss too much.
At the bottom of that bundle are two huge roots. I wish I had been paying more attention to names, that was silly.
Yes, rain is just around the corner. I have two more bags of chicken grit for extra top dressing, be interesting to see how my soil concoctions hold up. I felt like a mad scientist....
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
Sep 25, 2011 9:00 AM CST
It actually looks like a healthy plant with some drying out from heat/sun. You might be able to gently tug the dead leaves from the middle, sometimes they will just slide out.

Sherri said:Yes, rain is just around the corner. I have two more bags of chicken grit for extra top dressing, be interesting to see how my soil concoctions hold up. I felt like a mad scientist....


Rolling on the floor laughing Isn't it great fun. Thumbs up I was just out looking at my beds yesterday and marveling over all the there is to see and learn in just one type of plant. Lovey dubby

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