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Apr 18, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Name: Annie Schreck
Fort Jones, CA (Zone 7b)
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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Apr 18, 2018 6:22 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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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.
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Apr 18, 2018 7:42 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Are you Annie with the red hair?...that likes Mexican food? Smiling
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Apr 18, 2018 7:51 PM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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These are the numbers to beat this year?
The thread "Show us the Big One" in Sempervivum forum
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Apr 19, 2018 5:59 AM CST
Romania, Mures (Zone 6b)
Region: Europe Roses Sedums Sempervivums
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?
Sticking tongue out
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Apr 19, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Name: Annie Schreck
Fort Jones, CA (Zone 7b)
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?
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Apr 19, 2018 8:33 AM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Container Gardener Foliage Fan Sempervivums Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Garden Ideas: Master Level
See ya at the H. Clinic, Annie!
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Apr 19, 2018 8:51 AM CST
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Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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See you soon Annie.
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Apr 19, 2018 2:59 PM CST
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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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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Apr 19, 2018 4:01 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Very impressive Melissa.
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Apr 19, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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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?
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Apr 19, 2018 4:13 PM CST
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Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Yes, 'Hopewell' can get quite large. And such a beauty.
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Apr 19, 2018 8:51 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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Melissa 'Othello' 'Packardian' even 'Grammens' can get large for me! Hmm I know there are more, can't think nodding
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Apr 19, 2018 9:16 PM CST
Name: Mark McDonough
Massachusetts (Zone 5a)
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Good to know that Grammens can get large, I love the rosette shape, but give it enough room.
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Apr 20, 2018 12:52 AM CST
Romania, Mures (Zone 6b)
Region: Europe Roses Sedums Sempervivums
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.
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May 26, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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Virgil about 8 inches across.
Sempervivum for Sale
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May 26, 2018 11:08 AM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Ooh Julia...Good start with that one Smiling and great color!
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May 26, 2018 11:34 AM CST
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Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Awesome. Big AND beautiful. Hurray!
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May 26, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
Semp addict horse junky dog flunky
Garden Photography Critters Allowed Dog Lover Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Region: Oregon
Sempervivums Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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.
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May 26, 2018 10:48 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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Way to go Julia!! Hurray!

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