Past Plants of the Day forum: Sempervivum of the Day: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Mitchell's Gold')

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Oct 31, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Sempervivum is Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Mitchell's Gold').

This is a lovely small to medium sempervivum with lovely golden coloring in the spring and summer, turning green in the fall.
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Mitchell's Gold')
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Oct 31, 2017 7:06 PM CST
I got this one from Lynn as a few small offsets. They hardly grew at all. And the resulting colors... so boring... so dull... so unpleasing to the eye. A very poor performer... I may get rid of it.
Rolling on the floor laughing

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If I really didn't like it why would I make it my avatar? Blinking
This picture is from early July, it's alot greener now.

Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Oct 31, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Mine bloomed out and have one sad chick left. I'm rooting for him.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 31, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Mine are doing beautifully this year. Came through winter/spring rains and no summer drought damage.
I moved some into full sun the beginning of this month (Oct), to see how they will do next year.
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Oct 31, 2017 8:36 PM CST
It hates my yard too. Three tiny rosettes after that many years and one very measly bloomstalk. It's on borrowed time.....

I have seen it much happier.

I'm working on a line of goldish ones from 'Bronze Pastel' that are much more vigorous. Made a lot of crosses with them this year so I'm hopeful there will be somebody good in these groups. They aren't there yet but the two I used as parents have very low bloomstalks with reddish flowers that contrast with the gold foliage. Nicholas Moore talked about getting yellow flowers against red stems but this combo works well too. Bev will be happy that the rosettes are only ~2-3" in diameter. No footballs here!

Kevin
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 31, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Hurray! Thank You!
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Oct 31, 2017 10:52 PM CST
Hope you have success Kevin. Seems the yellowish semps are mostly such week inferior plants.

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How is this seedling doing? Loved this one, seems like it was in the back part of the yard. Great pink
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Nov 1, 2017 8:58 AM CST
Julia,

Quite a few in that coloration here! In fact as I was looking around the yard yesterday there were several dozen things that could be named that are different/ better/ unique. So, I will be very finicky about which ones come to market.

As I flash backed to my youth when the ONE different red or purple seedling was almost a sure introduction because there were so few good ones in those color ranges. Now we have them in spades. What I throw away is better than virtually anything created in that era. This has always been the case with irises where there's such extensive hybridizing that very few "classic" cultivars survive as commercial items for more than 10 years. Now we're beginning to see that with semps too.

Kevin
Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Nov 1, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Those are so beautiful, I love the hues!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 1, 2017 4:40 PM CST
Tim your colony is lovely. I look forward to seeing it in the spring/summer next year. You should get lots of color.

Hi there Faridat. Do you have any of the gold/yellow tone semps?

Here is what my 'Mitchell's Gold' looks like this week.
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And a tiny one year old seedling from MG. The rain and drought this year did not damage it, even though it is very tiny and delicate looking.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 1, 2017 6:57 PM CST
valleylynn said:Tim your colony is lovely. I look forward to seeing it in the spring/summer next year. You should get lots of color.

Ooh, sounds like a special trip to Tim's abode to see his collection next year?? nodding nodding

Lynn, who's MG?

Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Nov 1, 2017 8:21 PM CST
webesemps said:
Ooh, sounds like a special trip to Tim's abode to see his collection next year?? nodding nodding

Lynn, who's MG?



Visitors always welcome.
I think MG is MCG?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 1, 2017 9:34 PM CST
'Mitchell's Gold'.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Nov 1, 2017 9:41 PM CST
Oops, sorry Lynn. Read that last description of the seedling incorrectly and I guess so did Tim. (Strange minds think alike...)
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 2, 2017 12:42 AM CST
I'll see if I can get some photos of some of the other MG seedlings.
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Sempervivums Region: Pacific Northwest Vegetable Grower Cactus and Succulents Sedums
Bee Lover Region: Oregon Dragonflies Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Composter
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tcstoehr
Nov 3, 2017 1:51 PM CST
MG today. Not as colorful as Lynn's, but I'll take it. This is a half-day sun situation. Maybe I'll try moving an offset to a sunnier locale and see what happens. The center of this clump bloomed out so I moved some offsets to fill in the interior.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 3, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Great idea Tim. It will be interesting to see the difference. I have it growing in 1/2 day sun and have moved some into a full sun bed. This next year will be interest for us to watch.

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