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petitelake

NE Illinois Zone 5b exploring perennial plant combinations while transitioning to low maintenance gardens.

Jovibarba arenaria

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2020
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petitelake

Remember last year when my hen bloomed and died. Her sacrifice gave way for many new chicks this season. I am thankful to see them doing so well. They sit atop a stone soon to be planted in a new home. #hensandchicks #zone5 #zone5b

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gjones

They look great!

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2019
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petitelake

This plant has no sentimental value and I've only had it three years but I am devastated knowing it will die once it's done blooming. I would forgo the beautiful blooms to save its life if I could. Just reminds me that nothing is forever and am thankful for this amazing plant to show me its beautiful blooms at the end of its lifecycle.

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angiie

So true.

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gjones

Most of the sempervivums make pups before they die so the mother plant may die but the plant will live on through its babies. I let all mine flower and let the babies continue the cycle!

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2019
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petitelake

My hen will bloom with a double flower any day now. #succulentsunday

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cactusboy123

Let it bloom, i see you have another and they usually reproduce very quickly during the summer :) this one here is a sempervivum if you wanted a bit more identification :)

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petitelake

Thank you @cactusboy123 this is very helpful. Once it blooms do I have to separate it from the other chicks n hens or is it a separate plant already.

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cactusboy123

It's already a separate plant :) after it had fully bloomed it will turn brown and die. If you wanted to gain a few more plants, you could remove some of the bottom leaves and propogate them :)

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cactusboy123

Also it's quite cool how you have two flowers coming out of one plant, I've only ever had one :)

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petitelake

Thanks @cactusboy123 for the propagation tip. I'll definitely do that. It's sad to know this is going to die. And i agree, two blooms is pretty cool.

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cactusboy123

Glad I could help :)

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petitelake

@cactusboy123 sorry, one for question. Will the spent blooms make seeds that can be harvested? @cyndi

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cactusboy123

I'm not sure, I don't think mine did. I think that might be because I didn't have another it could pollinate with :)

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