Sempervivum Chick Growing Upwards?

JookieblueMarch 5, 2013

Good Morning Forum,
This is my first post so bare with me please. I thought this would be the best place to post this concern I have with my Sempervivum Chicks. I just lost the mother hen due to root rot and that was very unfortunate because she was producing many baby chicks right before I transplanted her into a new pot. Anyways, I have a few of her chicks that I do not want to die and they too are growing upward and the bottom leaves have started to curl under. I took a few pictures of them up close in hopes that maybe someone can help me fix this problem. I have also bought a fluorescent light fixture to try and help them receive more light. I am currently growing them indoors until it gets warmer as I live in Michigan. They also are provided with indirect sunlight pretty much all day as well. Please any help to keep them living and growing would be much appreciated.

Thank You,

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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

It is difficult to provide the intensity of light that normal Sunlight would provide, but that is not all. The wavelengths in Sunlight are best imitated by special plant gro type bulbs. Most ordinary bulbs will not do. And keep the plant on the dry side.
Different sorts of Hen and Chicks come from various European areas, and may vary in hardiness, so some might Winter in Michigan out-of-doors. You could ask Arrowhead Alpines about that, as they are in Michigan.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 9:30PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

They'll be fiine once you plant them outside. Sempervivum spp. are hardy in very cold climates, being alpines. You will have to harden them off though, prior to planting them out. Just set the pot outdoors in the shade for a week or so.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2013 at 12:10AM
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