Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Sempervivum Silver King blooming??

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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jun 8, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Hi!! I've been keeping my Silver King in a very sunny south facing window as he seems to very much enjoy it. I've noticed these little flower like things growing. There are at least 8 of them all over the plant.

Is it blooming?! Are these his flowers?! I'm kind of excited about it! Hurray!
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Hamwild
Jun 8, 2017 11:38 AM CST
I hate to burst your bubble, but I believe those are babies. *Blush*
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2017 11:38 AM CST
No, those are more "chicks". When the centers of the rosettes start pushing up, your Sempervivum is going to bloom. And then that rosette is going to die. So those little new chicks are a good thing.
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tarev
Jun 8, 2017 11:43 AM CST
They are offsets. That is good, freebies! However, if your Semp does bloom later it will be the end of the line for your plant, since the plant is monocarpic. You can still get seeds from it before mommy plant eventually dries out. So it is good your mommy plant is already making new little ones for you. Just keep them attached for now with mommy plant, till it forms its own roots.

When it starts to bolt (flower), it will come from the center of the rosette, you will notice the center tightening and a bloomstalk slowly emerges.

Here is an example when a semp begins bolting:
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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jun 9, 2017 8:17 AM CST
Oh wow thanks everyone for all the help!!

So these are little babies that I can propagate into new plants? Well ok now I'm not so excited for it to bloom lol. I don't want it to die. But the "chicks" are cute!

So if it produces "chick" does that mean the plant will die off soon or just that it's reproducing
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 9, 2017 9:45 AM CST
It is just reproducing for now. Sometimes if it gets too hot or stressed it may initiate the blooming mode. It is an alpine succulent that prefers cool, sunny growing conditions.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jun 9, 2017 11:23 PM CST
tarev said:It is just reproducing for now. Sometimes if it gets too hot or stressed it may initiate the blooming mode. It is an alpine succulent that prefers cool, sunny growing conditions.


Oh that's extremely good to know. I will take it out of that window and keep it in my bedroom window. Still south facing but my room has the a/c so it's cooler. Would that make a difference? I don't want to accelerate the plant dying :(
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 10, 2017 9:38 AM CST
You can try, but usually light coming thru the windows becomes hotter too, and I have always grown mine outdoors, just have to reposition them in part shade side when our conditions starts going into the high 90F's to triple digits. These plants likes good airflow, helps cool them down and they open their stomates at night for their night time gas exchange.

By the way, do visit our Sempervivum forum here in NGA, there are wonderful, helpful growers there who can further address your concerns about these cool growing plants. Smiling Our individual micro climates vary, so it helps to know different perspectives in growing them.
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