Sempervivum forum: What is the best thing to do for "rescued" semps in the middle of winter?

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Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Jan 7, 2012 7:35 PM CST
The half price table at the nursery was full of soggy, overgrown and pretty sad little containers of semps. I picked up Triste, Exorin (sp?) and Flamingo.
Would you put the entire mess in better draining dirt and not tidy them up until the spring or can I pull the dead leaves and wait my three days for them to harden? Some stolons have so many dead leaves it is hard to see any roots but I'm not sure I wouldn't stress them too much by doing it now.
What do you guys do?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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Would that be Exorna? It is a gorgeous semp. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Exorna')
I would definitely get them out of the soggy soil and clean any rotting/mushy parts off. Then let dry for a few days, in the garage would be a good place to do that. Dry, but cool.
Then if they appear healthy plant them in a nice fast draining soil mix. I'm not sure I would water them though. Think I would just let them be for now. Place in a bright place outside, protected from the rain.

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Jan 9, 2012 8:36 AM CST
I agree with Lynn. Bright light and let them dry. After they have had a few weeks to heal up, you can removed the dead, dried leaves to see what is left. After the surgery, another period of drying to avoid rot, then plant - keep on the dry side after planting & just mist them until you see signs of growth, then give them full exposure. If the leaves are drying up from the outside of the rosette inward, then they may be too dry. Watch for that after the surgeries, but do not water more than once a week at most.

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