Comments for School Succulent Project

Click here to add your own comments

RE: School Project
by: Ken

Wow, everyone needs to spread the word about this site, your knowledge and responsiveness! Your a gem!

Ok, so from your site, I believe our plants are sedum and as I'll call them the 'super'vivum. The parent plants are definitely rosette forming plants.

This photo on your site is what we're aiming for:

'Super'vivum Stock Plants

The new growth, from dispatched leaves, is healthy and vigorous but is growing upwards on stems. I imagine we need to pinch this. How low do we go?! How is this done to get the rosettes, like your photo, close to the ground?

With our sincere gratitude,
Ken & Grade 7 MJDS

Nature, not Nurture
by: Jacki

Hi Ken, thanks for your great comments (*blushing*)

The plants in the photo are Sempervivum, and their normal growth habit is rosette forming, unless they start to bloom which is pretty obvious as the whole plant starts to elongate, or 'cone'.

Once this happens, it's game over for the plant, as they are what is known as 'monocarpic' or 'once flowering'.

The plants growth habit can't be changed by pruning it or any other cultural factors.

I'm not 100% sure that this is what you have from your description, but without a picture I can't ID them. Can you post a picture on this page: Succulent Plant Identification? - just start a new post.

RE: School Project
by: Ken

Very intriguing, Jacki! What you say is perfectly clear and makes total sense. I'm baffled, because I was almost the parent plants were part of a mixed planter with single, low and full rosettes, like this beautiful arrangement on your site:

We'll keep on goin' and growin'!


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Horticulturist.

Return to School Succulent Project.