Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Please Help Me Save My Sempervivum!

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Jessa
Jun 14, 2018 11:44 AM CST
OK, this is my first time having them and I know that I am not supposed to water them until the soil is dry because they are drought tolerant. So, I watered them once when I potted them in cactus soil and just left them alone. Now what?
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Name: Melissa Hopper
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MelissaHopper
Jun 14, 2018 12:32 PM CST
Pray?
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plantmanager
Jun 14, 2018 12:40 PM CST
Jessa, are these inside or outside? If they're outside, are they in shade or full sun. They look very dry.
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PaleoTemp
Jun 14, 2018 1:37 PM CST
plantmanager said:Jessa, are these inside or outside? If they're outside, are they in shade or full sun. They look very dry.


They are white, bend backwards and elongated, they can't be in full sun.
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gg5
Jun 14, 2018 7:35 PM CST
Jessa there is hope! You have new growth on some of the ends, but personally I'd transplant the whole thing again, sorry I know lots of work...You could clip or gently pull off all the dead leaves, for me it would be easier doing this outside and lift the whole plant out of the soil to be able to get the dead leaves right up near the stem. Then replant, and place outside, in bright shade for a couple of weeks, then slowly move it into more sunlight. Sadly there is a misunderstanding about these plants regarding water. They need water, they just can't be too wet, never sit in soggy soil. For me when I have succulents inside, I water on a schedule, once per week, just not too much water at each time.
Good luck! I tip my hat to you.

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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2018 7:19 PM CST

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Great advice Greg, and praying certainly doesn't hurt.

I agree Milan, looks very etiolated from lack of light.

Jessa, where do you live? Are you growing them indoors. How long have you had them?
I totally agree with Greg, you will need to clean all the damaged and dead parts off the plants.
I would also suggest top dressing them once you replant, 1/2 to 1 inch of chicken grit or small gravel. Like this photo. That will keep the leaves from making contact with the soil and causing more damage. It will also keep the roots cooler during hot weather, and conserve on moisture.

Jessa
Jun 26, 2018 2:34 PM CST
I live in Northern MN. I have them indoors and in the same area as another pot of sempervivum that aren't having the same problem. I've had this plant for about a month now. I'm going to try pulling all of the dead matter away, the hard part is going to find a different place to store this guy. I don't have much outdoor space and only two rooms in my apartment get any real sun.
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2018 4:50 PM CST

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Hi Jessa,
Even if it is a very small area outside it would be better to have them outdoors than it would be indoors. It will be a constant struggle to keep them healthy and alive indoors.
They are alpine type plants and should do well in your MN growing conditions. I hope you are able to save them. Smiling

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