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May 30, 2018 8:50 PM CST
|Thank you in advance. I live in zone 9 in Eureka, CA. close to the coast, we receive morning and evening fog. I was given this pot with these 3 different types of Hen & Chicks. I'm a grower by Hen & Chicks are new to me. But i think i might get into growing these. Advice on what i should do with it now, going to get some cactus soil for repotting ?? Do you know the names of these, been on a few sites tying to find out for sure and their care. I'm looking forward to growing some of the dark colorful ones.
May 30, 2018 9:31 PM CST
|They aren hens and chicks, they are a relative of theirs called echeveria. One is a alpine cold hardy succulent from europe and nearby, the other is a tropical succulent from the americas. The long ones are another relative, called sedum, or in this case a hybrid off of it. From first glance, i can see that your plant is a tad overwatered. whatever regimen you have, try skipping watering for a few weeks, and reduce the current regimen frequency to between week and week and a half. As for the pot, get coir and peat, mix with grit, gravel , pummice and pelite(at least 60:40 ratio between organic and inorganic components ). Another thing, is that succulents like these need room, and preferably to be separated.
echeveria perle von numberg
sedum vera higgins.
May 31, 2018 1:37 PM CST
|Yes that looks like some Echeverias (the big pale rosettes). The smaller pink ones might be Graptoveria "Debbi" or Ech. "Perle von Nurnberg". There are quite a few pink plants in the ballpark and yours are not full size, so it's hard to tell. The plant at the back could be Sedum nussbaumerianum... again, hard to tell.
Each of those plants has the potential to fill that pot on its own, over time. The biggest pale Echeveria could be repotted into that same container (on its own) and it would fit perfectly once it started to offset. You could move the whole group up to a bigger pot but they kinda look like they might do better separated. The pink plants especially.
You can use cactus mix if you like, or just use regular potting mix with an equal volume of pumice or perlite mixed in. Just be sure not to water for several days to a week after you repot this group... so the roots have time to heal first. Those pale Echeverias are very easy to rot if you allow any of the leaves to sit below soil level, so be sure to get that right.
As for watering, you should try to time that for when the soil is going dry, not sooner. And water well when you do water, so that water comes out the holes at the bottom. In the winter you probably need to protect these plants from the rain, especially when combined with cold.
In the summer they will do well with less than half a day of sun, but they will grow compact and healthy (like your Semps, basically) with a few hours of daily sun. If you do not know they were out in the sun already, and especially if they may have been house plants, take it real slow with the sun. Start them out in bright shade or a little morning sun to be on the safe side.
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