Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: How to handle the flowering stalks?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 7, 2017 6:17 PM CST
I tried to find a quick answer to this and figured I'd just throw it out there to all you experts. I have random and un-ID'd sempervivum around the edge of my flagstone patio. I just call them all hen-and-chicks. They develop baby offshoots as expected. A couple this year have thrown out long flower stalks, which if I understand correctly is some end of life process. How do you handle this? Do I let them bloom, then dig out the parent plant? Let it die on its own? Do they wither away? A couple are kind of in odd spots and I'd like to just speed up the process in whatever would be the best way - they are kind of creating a trip hazard as they are at the foot of my stone steps. Others are out of the way and can just do whatever it is they plan to do. Kind of wondering what to look for. Thanks in advance.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 7, 2017 6:25 PM CST

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Hi Deb.
You can just pull out the bloom stalks that are in the way. That effectively removes the dying rosette. If offsets are still attached, cut them loose from the blooming rosette so you don't disturb the offsets.
The others that are not in the way can be left to finish the bloom cycle if you like the flowers. Also, if you leave the blooms to mature and set seed they will self sow and next spring your will have tiny seedlings coming up. Who knows, you could come up with something fabulous.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 7, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Thanks! I'll pull the ones that are in the way and let the others go about their business. It will be an interesting process for me. I assume these guys all kind of inter-breed with one another? I got a tray of random no-names from my neighbor and they are a rather diverse mix. They do seem to like the edge of the patio, growing in mostly sand, with boulders behind them.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 7, 2017 6:46 PM CST
I would love to see a picture Deb.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 7, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Here's a couple. They kind of all look the same to me, so perhaps the ones that are blooming are the same variety? It's pretty sunny right now, I tried to block with my shadow. Open for better detail.

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Jul 7, 2017 6:58 PM CST
New it would be cool with all your big rocks. Very nice, by spring you shall have baby semps from seed.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 7, 2017 7:04 PM CST
I agree
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 7, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Looks cool Deb!! It seems to me when they're blooming they're pretty easy to pull up out of the ground.
Good luck

Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 7, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Seems a pity to do so when they are in their 'prime.' I rather like the idea of letting them go to seed as well, I have a lot of edging that could be filled with those little guys.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 7, 2017 8:02 PM CST
They produce a lot of seed!
If you have the ability to sow them and give them a head start you'll be rewarded with lovely plants!! The self sowing is usually much less plants due to die off (weather conditions and what not)
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 7, 2017 8:08 PM CST
Thanks, Greg. I'll try to capture some seed and give that a whirl, although I generally suck at starting plants from seed. I have neither the facilities (no greenhouse or grow lights) nor the patience (I forget when taking seedlings out for their hardening off and often fry them, drown them, or freeze them). Perhaps I'll get better...
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 7, 2017 8:56 PM CST
This works, Deb if you'll willing to try:

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 7, 2017 10:28 PM CST

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Deb, I've done the winter sowing twice with semp seeds, and I have black (as in death) thumbs when it comes to growing from seed. The winter sow is for people like me. The will be quite tiny when ready to transplant, but are very forgiving. I transplant to where they will be growing. You just have to keep them watered after transplanting, while they are tiny.
Or you can just let them self sow and do their own thing. The tough/lucky ones will make it.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 8, 2017 1:09 AM CST
haha Deb, me too, it isn't getting the seeds to start it is after when moving the young plants to their permanent location that I lose them! I tip my hat to you.

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