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brandi6262
Feb 13, 2018 7:34 AM CST
I have noticed that in most of the pictures of the chix n hens they are potted with little rocks all around them, is that better for their growth than just soil? i'm new to these types of plants but am in love with them and am trying to learn all i can about them and what helps them grow the most. i've learned how to prograte them, witch is not as easy as it shows i'm lucky if 3 out of 15 take unless i'm doing it wrong ofcourse. last summer 1 of my chix n hens grew up to a foot and a half tall i had NEVER seen one grow like that before it was pretty awsome but ofcourse it died. If anyone has suggestions or ideas i'd love to hear them. Thank you. brandi6262
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 13, 2018 11:41 AM CST
Hi brani, so nice to meet you, and Welcome! to NGA and the Sempervivum Forum. Hurray!

There will be others chiming in to answer some of your questions.
On your question about the gravel/chicken grit, it is placed as a top dressing and under the leaves of the rosettes to keep the plant from coming in contact with the soil. In some cases the soil can cause the rosettes to rot. Remember these are alpine type plants and are used to growing in fast draining soils with lots of rocks and crushed rock content.

We would love to see photos of your semps.


Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Feb 13, 2018 11:44 AM CST
Hi Brandi. Welcome! Please check out our Sempervivum forum.
https://garden.org/forums/view...
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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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Feb 13, 2018 5:23 PM CST
Thank you for the link Karen. I neglected to do that. *Blush*

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