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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Sep 4, 2018 9:47 AM CST
Great video. Their plants are so well grown! It's amazing to see them. Thanks again, Bev. I'd sure love to get there in person.
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Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Sep 4, 2018 12:21 PM CST
Hmmm... I wonder if I purchased their entire inventory of 'Lemon Sky' I could get one to grow. Actually I'm tempted to try one more, potted and kept in a greenhouse in the winter. Basically as a learning experience.
Awesome photos, Bev. It's the next best thing to being there.
Name: BigT
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Bigtattoo
Sep 4, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Holy cremoly that's a lot of semps. I think my brain would melt trying to decide which ones I wanted. Nice photo series Bev.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 4, 2018 3:13 PM CST
tcstoehr said:… I think I know why my 'Lemon Sky' keeps failing. They keep sending me this one.
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tcstoehr said:Hmmm... I wonder if I purchased their entire inventory of 'Lemon Sky' I could get one to grow. Actually I'm tempted to try one more, potted and kept in a greenhouse in the winter. Basically as a learning experience.


Tim, I talked to someone there and they said that's the last of their 'Lemon Sky' that you'll ever get. They want to give somebody else a chance to properly cultivate 'Lemon Sky'.... Whistling


Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 4, 2018 3:29 PM CST
cwhitt said: How in the world do they even reach all those in the middle????


I've been in those narrow aisles with the long metal bars sticking out (they make colorful bruises on the legs) and the sea of semp flats in front, back and on the sides of you.
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This is what they do to get closer to a desired flat...keep piling the flats in the way until a space opens up for one to walk thru.
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Name: Mark McDonough
Massachusetts (Zone 5a)
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AntMan01
Sep 4, 2018 7:16 PM CST
Oh my goodness, one wonders if stacking trays of plants on top of each other like that would damage/crush plants at the bottom. Of course MCG uses coir as a soil medium which is a feather weight, although the flats could still be heavy if coir is wet after a watering. They need some of those things called aisles Glare
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 4, 2018 7:53 PM CST
There are aisles; I've walked thru them...very carefully and slowly. I've come home with a couple of dents on my legs while trying to hurry thru them, but learned my lesson.
The semps really do survive...somehow. Maybe the weight is somehow evenly distributed...
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 4, 2018 7:57 PM CST
I wandered into the area where the Semp 'Mother' plants are kept and found a lot of blooms that had gone pass their prime. Looks like nobody got around to cutting the drying stalks yet.
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And it was here that I saw this phenomenon (first time in person)
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 4, 2018 8:05 PM CST

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How cool is that. I have seen that before, but not to that extent. Amazing.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Sep 4, 2018 8:09 PM CST
I just saw that today on one of my plants that had bloomed.
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Name: Mark McDonough
Massachusetts (Zone 5a)
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AntMan01
Sep 4, 2018 8:30 PM CST
Was going to post tonight on what I call "florachicks", one of our new semp dictionary terms, with Semp 'Neptune'. Here they are, notice that the chicks look like perfectly normal chicks and produce aerial hair roots.

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Notice in this view, the normal-looking florachicks are actually fused to individual flowers among the flower stem.
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I have a bunch of chicks taken off the flowering Neptune, the first ones being chicks squashed between tight basal leaves, and these have rooted and seem normal. I potted up later "florachicks" too, so far they seem normal as well, I keep watching them.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 4, 2018 8:44 PM CST

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We are just overflowing with weird things going on with the semps this year.
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
Sep 5, 2018 7:36 AM CST
webesemps said:There are aisles; I've walked thru them...very carefully and slowly. I've come home with a couple of dents on my legs while trying to hurry thru them, but learned my lesson.
The semps really do survive...somehow. Maybe the weight is somehow evenly distributed...

You probably just nailed it - that is why people can lie down on those beds of nails and pile blocks on top of them without getting hurt - distributing the weight.

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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
Sep 5, 2018 7:39 AM CST
webesemps said:I wandered into the area where the Semp 'Mother' plants are kept and found a lot of blooms that had gone pass their prime. Looks like nobody got around to cutting the drying stalks yet.
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And it was here that I saw this phenomenon (first time in person)
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Perhaps that is exactly why they did not cut off the dead blooms? So those stocks could make chicks??

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Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Sep 5, 2018 8:35 AM CST
That's what happened on the ones I ignored and let go.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 5, 2018 9:38 AM CST

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There is a fine line in doing that. You don't want all that seed to fall into the containers, possible creating confusion with seedlings coming up in some of them.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 5, 2018 2:33 PM CST
Yes, I know there are those of you that have that question: "OK, but do they sell Chick Charms?"

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I don't know whether they have all that's out in the market right now but I'm sure Chris Hanson is working on getting the latest out there.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 5, 2018 4:47 PM CST

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What a pretty display they make.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 5, 2018 11:13 PM CST
Mountain Crest informs the online buying public that:

Their plant collection has grown and expanded to over 650 different varieties of hardy and soft succulents.

New varieties of hardy and soft succulents continue to be added to (their) online catalog each month.

They specialize in providing a large selection of named individual succulents, hand-picked special collections, and affordable assorted trays.

It is all evident as one walks through many of the production areas that grow, cultivate and maintain all the plants that they sell.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 5, 2018 11:18 PM CST

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