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separating hens and chicks?
#37578 July 22nd, 2005 at 07:01 PM
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I have a sempervivum (hens and chicks) that needs to be divided badly, I have no clue about this. Any info would be appreciated.


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Pull one off the side, and look at it..

You'll see layers of the petals..
and a stem..
and roots should be coming off the stem like
or under from the area of the leaves..

If it's older and it's starting to push it's self
out of the ground....
you can leave the stem, pull one or two of four
of the base leaves, expose new leaves,
and stick it on top of the dirt, covering the stem with dirt...
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The roots will come from that stem..
but they also can come from under those leaves
and you don't want to put the leaves under ground,
should stay on top of soil....but make good contact with the soil...press it in just a wee~bit..
water a little bit.. but not wet...

They are quite hardy...
Experiment..with a few...
And they like just regular garden soil..
nothing added..*maybe a tiny bit of compost*


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#37580 July 22nd, 2005 at 11:45 PM
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Mine are in a strawberry pot (you know...the ones with the openings in the sides?) Anyway, when should I plant them to give them enough time to get established before winter? I'm in zone 6. Duh

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OHFlowergal,
Are you wanting to plant them in the ground
before winter or keep in pot???

Anytime you can give a plant a head start on
winter.. is better for the plant...


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Here in zone 5 we can divide and transplant up to October. After that only plant things from a pot.

I guess roots grow as long as the temp is 50-55 degrees F and we usually have that temp in Oct. The plants are then prepared to survive the winter.


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#37583 July 24th, 2005 at 12:57 AM
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Hey Tamara, it sounds like your plant is doing very well. Just wanted to say that is the number 1 plant I want to put in my rock garden.

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I wonder if it would ship well, I am only the whole country away!!(j/k)

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#37584 July 24th, 2005 at 01:13 AM
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topcat if you like sempervivum check out this site:

http://www.squawmountaingardens.com/

I placed an order with them a few days ago. I have heard that they plants they send are really nice. I'll let you know. Can't wait to receive it!!


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#37585 July 24th, 2005 at 01:31 AM
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Thats a great site, Not sure they could ship across the border into Canada, and I don't have a credit card to pay with.

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#37586 July 25th, 2005 at 03:32 AM
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Can you keep them inside???? I was really planning on putting them in a flowerbed, but now I'm not sure if I can keep them alive inside over winter.

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If you put them outside early enough to get established before a freeze, and have them kind of protected - can be by rocks or leaves, they'll do fine outside.

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I received my shipment from Squaw Mountain.

VERY NICE!!

I will be doing business with them again.


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Whatchya get???

Got any pictures...????...


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