Sempervivum forum: Competition - Biggest Semp

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Name: Annie Schreck
Fort Jones, CA (Zone 7b)
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schrecka
Apr 18, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Hi All,

I'd like to propose a competition. Let's see who's growing the largest semp (by rosette diameter). To compete, post a photo with a ruler for scale and the name of the cultivar, if you know it. And if you live near Salem, OR and are open to the idea, I'd love to interview you and photograph your giant semp when I'm up for the hybridizing clinic.

If we can accumulate some great photos of the semp giants, we can feature them on the Mountain Crest Gardens blog!

All the best,
Annie
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 18, 2018 6:22 PM CST

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Great idea Annie.
The semps that get really big won't show the size until sometime this summer, that is when they will be at the peak of their growth. But there are already some like 'Othello' that are pretty good sized.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 18, 2018 7:42 PM CST
Are you Annie with the red hair?...that likes Mexican food? Smiling
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 18, 2018 7:51 PM CST
These are the numbers to beat this year?
The thread "Show us the Big One" in Sempervivum forum
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Romania, Mures (Zone 6a)
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PaleoTemp
Apr 19, 2018 5:59 AM CST
Can we cheat and place the plant in a place with low light so the leaves spread out as much as possible instead of clumped together because of full sun placement?
What will the winner get, or it is only bragging rights?
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Name: Annie Schreck
Fort Jones, CA (Zone 7b)
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schrecka
Apr 19, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Very good point, Lynn. Let's postpone the final ruling until midsummer then, yeah?

And hi, Bev! Yup, that's me.

PaleoTemp, would featured champion status on the Mountain Crest blog be an adequate prize?
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 19, 2018 8:33 AM CST
See ya at the H. Clinic, Annie!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 19, 2018 8:51 AM CST

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See you soon Annie.
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Apr 19, 2018 2:59 PM CST
I have one semp that is getting to be a pretty good size. It is El Toro. I just measured it and the biggest rosette in the pot is 7". Sadly it is a really big pot so I won't be able to bring it to Salem.


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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 19, 2018 4:01 PM CST

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Very impressive Melissa.
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Apr 19, 2018 4:06 PM CST
I need to start a few pots with just one plant in them . That way they often grow big. I think I will try that with Hopewell, it seems to yearn for lots of space.

Any other semps that tend to get really big?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 19, 2018 4:13 PM CST

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Yes, 'Hopewell' can get quite large. And such a beauty.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 19, 2018 8:51 PM CST
Melissa 'Othello' 'Packardian' even 'Grammens' can get large for me! Hmm I know there are more, can't think nodding

Name: Mark McDonough
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AntMan01
Apr 19, 2018 9:16 PM CST
Good to know that Grammens can get large, I love the rosette shape, but give it enough room.
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PaleoTemp
Apr 20, 2018 12:52 AM CST
schrecka, sounds good.
Ohhh... but I already see bigger specimens than mine.
Impose the rule to use a transparent ruler, we want to see them whole beauties.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
May 26, 2018 10:48 AM CST

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Virgil about 8 inches across.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 26, 2018 11:08 AM CST
Ooh Julia...Good start with that one Smiling and great color!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 26, 2018 11:34 AM CST

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Awesome. Big AND beautiful. Hurray!
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
Semp addict horse junky dog flunky
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MelissaHopper
May 26, 2018 6:38 PM CST
I have several that are getting really big. El Toro, Virgil, Viking, Positively Glowing, Damask to just name a few. I will have to measure them. Need to find a see thru ruler.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 26, 2018 10:48 PM CST
Way to go Julia!! Hurray!

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