Sempervivum is a stone rose.
Few plants can please a gardener with a combination of exotic beauty, the ability to maintain the attractiveness of leaf sockets throughout most of the season, and even spartan resistance. One such unique inhabitant of the site will be Sempervivum – a stone rose, as this evergreen perennial is also called, which looks particularly impressive in garden compositions.
Sempervivum resembles a rosebud with dense fleshy leaves, sometimes covered with lint. The diameter of the succulent from 10 centimeters, some hybrids reach 15. There are about 50 species of amazing plant, and there are many more varieties and all of them differ mainly in shades. There are specimens with green, gray, pink, saturated red, brown-violet leaves. You can collect just a delightful collection.
The young blossoms only in the third year of life, pleases the flowers for about two months. A brush with red, yellow or pink “stars” appears on a thick pedicel. Unfortunately, after that, the grown-up rosette dies. There is no need to get upset, by that time the next generation will be growing up next to each other and new copies will quickly take up empty space.
How to grow a Sempervivum
Sempervivum to the quality of soil on the site is absolutely undemanding, in nature it lives even on the rocks, where there is practically no soil. Only a few centimetres of soil are sufficient for the root system. However, if you want to grow succulents indoors, you will need a mixture of cacti with the addition of expanded clay and wood shavings. Another factor that is extremely important is lighting. In the youth garden, you need to choose the sunniest area. Even in the slightest shade, the leaves will lose their colour brightness and become faded.
Seeds or vegetation can be used to multiply the youthlings. Seeds are sown in March to a depth of about 1 centimetre, at about 20 °C they will germinate in 5 days. In July, young plants can be transplanted. But it is only sensible to spend time and effort on cultivating purchased seeds if it is important to develop a new species. It is much easier to plant the babies at a distance of 15 centimetres from each other and they will quickly take root.
In addition, Sempervivum perfectly reproduces itself without anyone’s help. After a while, you will notice that a whole family has formed around the perennial. The babies are kept on the thin sprouts coming out of the mother plant’s leaf sinuses. Once strong, they take root and continue to grow on their own.
The succulent does not need frequent watering, once a week is quite enough. Diseases and pests do not affect, does not burden the gardener need weeding. Frosty winters are very well tolerated by younglings, but sometimes they rot from the accumulation of moisture in the socket of the flower. You can protect the plant by covering it with a trimmed plastic bottle. Don’t worry if the stone rose will get brighter when the snow melts, this is normal. The early spring colours of the youngling are always saturated, from May the leaves turn green, and in late autumn they return to their previous brightness.