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Lovesucculents
Dec 19, 2016 8:47 AM CST
Looks like the succulent pictures with the long stem flowering is dying. Flowers seeding-assume the seeds will not germinate in soil since the plant is inside-Base of the plant is turning brown. No new growth seen. :(
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 19, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Welcome!

Your plant is a Sempervivum. Sempervivum, like some Yuccas, bloom once and then die. It should have produced pups to carry on. Are those the pups in neighboring pots? I don't see any seed pods on your plant, just blooming flowers.

I've never tried growing Semps indoors - even in my area, they do fine outside in my garden.
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tarev
Dec 19, 2016 10:47 AM CST
That is the bittersweet downside of Semps..monocarpic, so it is a gradual fade away phase after the blooms are done with.

I also do not grow my semps indoors, just outdoors. But our winters are milder, they do enjoy the cooler conditions since they are alpine succulents.

Lovesucculents
Dec 19, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Thanks I bought this online Never thought it would die after flowering. No little ones from this plant. The ones u see are other purchases.
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cwhitt
Dec 20, 2016 7:39 AM CST
@Lovesucculents -- You should share this post in the Sempervivum forum, they can probably help you save the top part of your plant. I think you can cut the top off, and part of it may grow - but check with others on the forum - they are a very active group.
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Philipwonel
Dec 20, 2016 1:19 PM CST
I like to experiment 👹👹👹
Pettle's to try to root .
Stem cuttings .
Seems it would make seeds after flower die off.
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Arico
Dec 20, 2016 2:41 PM CST
I don't know about that particular plant, but there are those that - as mentioned before - are monocarpic, meaning they die after flowering (and setting seed); they go with a big bang Smiling although there have been reports of monocarpic plants surviving after cutting the flower stem.

Alot of these plants also reprocude vegetatively at the base BEFORE flowering, so the paren't plant isn't really lost after that; it's a survival strategy should pollination not occur (a second chance if it were later on)
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DaisyI
Dec 20, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Sempervivums are monocarpic and usually do make little offsets before blooming and dying. But sometimes they don't. Sighing! I suspect it depends upon the health of the plant before blooming because blooming is the last ditch effort to save the species. But if the flowers don't get pollinated somehow, there's not much that can be done.

You could try hand pollinating the flowers....
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Philipwonel
Dec 21, 2016 8:21 AM CST
@daisyl
Dog gone it Daisy !😎
Why didnt i think of
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Leftwood
Dec 21, 2016 8:53 AM CST
In the pic, the one in the background is fixing to bloom, too, and without pups. You will lose that one after flowering, also. If it were me, I would think about cutting the top off now and forcing new growth from below (and hopefully new baby plants). To the right of the flowering plant, I am not sure what that one is planning to do......

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