Sempervivum

Discuss and ask questions about all matters related to caring for your cacti and succulents. Discuss soil, repotting, lighting, fertilizing, watering, etc.
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Liz
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Sempervivum

Post by Liz » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:20 am

Ok, succufam, I really need all the advise you can give me on this one, water needs, what type of pot, soil, indoors, outdoors, sun baths, anything... Everything. Please and thanks so much!

(The leaves are pointing up and I'm guessing that's not normal?)
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Mike
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Re: Sempervivum

Post by Mike » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:23 am

It's not normal it's reaching for sun, it needs more sunlight. I love using a medium of 2 parts cactus soil, 1 part perlite and I prefer to plant mine in terra cotta pots with drainage holes or terra cotta strawberry planters. I water my outdoor succulents once a week during growing season and once a month or less during their dormant stage.
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Re: Sempervivum

Post by Liz » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:24 am

Do you recommend fertilizer? Or compost?
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Re: Sempervivum

Post by Mike » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:24 am

Liz wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:24 am
Do you recommend fertilizer? Or compost?
I honestly never fertilize mine although I think I should and I will start soon, I would recommend succulent fertilizer I have seen it sold at Lowes and online. Only fertilize when succulents are growing not when they are dormant.

As with almost all succulents, low water (wait for soil to dry between waterings) and a well-drained pot, cactus-formulated substrate (generally a soil with a high sand component and lots of gravel or perlite) and lots of light but not directly into bright full sunshine. A pot in a south-facing window usually works pretty well. Enjoy!
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Re: Sempervivum

Post by Kevin » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:25 am

Definitely Aeonium Black rose. Water once weekly. They grow the most in the beginning of spring and go dormant in the summer, then grow during the beginning of fall and go dormant in the winter. Very small root system and grow very tall and leggy. Bottom leaves will die with time and you can expect the plant to grow at about 1 new set of leaves per 3-4 weeks in growing seasons and much slower when it’s dormant. The plant is weird because it never actually goes completely dormant it just grows better in a moderate climate 65-70 degrees with 30-60% relative humidity (roughly).
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