Sempervivum Identification

by Annalisa Williams
(United Kingdom)

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Succulent Number 4: (lemon green pot)

This one is the best of them all, in my opinion. It's getting quite big and has lots of babies, but I plan to prune them back to keep it small. Will that work?

No flowers yet, but it's a great colour.

I hope they stay 'miniature' cuz I have no outdoors...and don't want to ever give them up. Fed with BabyBio, like the others, I think it worked very well on this one.

Thank you very much in advance. I hope you can help. The card that was stuck in the pots said ''Sempervivums and Sedums - Alpine Mix'' and after joining the Yahoo Cactus and Succulents group, I was told they might all be Sempervivums.

I am uploading the best pictures I think are good for identification. let me know if you require more information.

Kindest Regards,
Annalisa (United Kingdom)

Drought Smart Plants reply:

Hi Annalisa, this also is a Sempervivum, and you don't want it to bloom as they will die after this.

Each rosette that forms as a chick will be the same as the hen rosette, and identical, so they can take over from it when it dies.

It's an unfortunate situation, but hopefully they produce the chicks first before blooming.

As you have no outdoor space, you may not have great success with growing these plants, as they require high light levels for their best growth and colouration. See the page on Sempervivum for more information.

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