Sempervivum forum: How's your 'Lemon Sky' ?

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Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Jul 13, 2017 4:59 PM CST


I've tried 'Lemon Sky' twice as shown above. The first one shrunk down and wouldn't grow and I gave up on it. The second was looking promising but seems to be fatally rotting I noticed just today. I've suspected for a while that this cultivar is not worth keeping despite its unique yellow coloration. Or maybe it's just me.
So I wonder... do you have one that's doing good? Growing and thriving from one year to the next? Or is this one just a weakling?

How is your 'Lemon Sky' ?
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 13, 2017 6:25 PM CST
You don't want to know... Crying
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 13, 2017 11:47 PM CST
I don't own it and now maybe I won't get it! I tip my hat to you.

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 13, 2017 11:51 PM CST

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Tim, mine is almost dead as of today. My third time to try it. Not anymore. Thumbs down
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jul 14, 2017 9:42 AM CST
This is mine, but I cover in winter .
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Seems as though most of the yellows are poor or slow growers.
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Name: Patty
Washington State (Zone 8b)
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Jul 14, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Mine is doing fine but, like Julia, I cover mine during the rainy season. I get 10" more rain per yr than your area Blinking
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Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Jul 14, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Interesting. Two from WA are looking pretty good. Kudos to Patty and Julia. Yet in OR Lynn and I have 5 failures between us. And I think Bev too. I wonder if it can't take long hours of sunshine. I have mine a very sunny location as does Lynn. Mine got lots of water and even some of the magic elixir, and it rotted. I think Lynn's died from general failure to root and thrive, much like the demise of my previous specimen. I wonder if this is a Goldilocks plant. Not too much sunshine, not too little... not too much water, not too little. Requiring protection in both summer and winter.
Both of mine divided like crazy while the main rosette didn't grow much. I can see Patty's and Julia's are different in that respect. Perhaps that's a clue.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 14, 2017 12:30 PM CST

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Mine can't seem to make it through summer sun. I do believe it is one that requires protection from any harsh conditions, summer or winter.
Even the European photos don't show a vigorous growing plant. Except maybe Horst's one photo showing a smaller colony.
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Name: Patty
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Jul 14, 2017 11:35 PM CST
Mine is in shade in the afternoon, which sounds like it probably helps.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 15, 2017 12:14 AM CST

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Good planning Patty.
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Jul 20, 2017 10:29 AM CST
If you can't grow 'Lemon Sky' then try 'Xanthoheuff'. Who needs 'Lemon Sky' anyway. This one's much better.
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They say three times is a charm... so despite my better judgement I'm trying 'Lemon Sky' one more time. I'm putting it where it will get some filtered shade in the hottest part of the day and also where the drainage is excellent. What could go wrong?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2017 10:36 AM CST

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Blinking
Can't wait to see how this one does Tim.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 20, 2017 11:38 AM CST
webesemps said:You don't want to know... Crying

But I'll subject you all to it anyway

Before
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After Sighing!
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jul 20, 2017 12:09 PM CST
This is where a picture is worth a thousand words..
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 20, 2017 12:36 PM CST
I know, even more embarrassing...the joys of balcony gardening... Crying
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2017 1:56 PM CST

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At least it has offsets. Hurray!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 20, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Yes, you are right Lynn! Let's see how long they last under my care...Better yet, I might send them off to the WA caretakers; it would give them a better chance for survival.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2017 4:35 PM CST

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I think mine is dead. Shrug!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 20, 2017 4:49 PM CST
I'm too old to fuss over what Tim calls "Goldilocks" plants. I need the "Tried and True" semps but not if they are not appealing to me.

Lynn, you can find a better plant for your shrinking real estate, don't you think? or even a better yellow/lack of chlorophyll type of plant, but not one of those nugget plants.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2017 5:52 PM CST

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My 'Gold Nugget' semps are doing really well in all this drought and warm weather. They are actually starting to produce offsets.
And yes, I do believe we have much better plants than 'Lemon Sky', plants that thrive and give lovely colors.

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