hardiness of sempervivum (hen & chicks)

peggy_hosta(z4 neSD)October 30, 2008

On tv, I saw a program where they poked sempervivums in a moss-filled wire sphere. (There was some soil in the center of the moss) Do you think h&c would survive the winter if left in that "ball" outside or put the whole thing in a box filled with leaf mulch outside or ???

Peggy

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wiley0(4a)

I was just looking around this site and found this:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/winter/msg1114575816797.html?7

Several replies about H&C's there,
I recently got some from Menards at a good price and planted them in the ground a little over a week ago. They should do ok here in St Paul. I will move them in the spring. One container I am keeping in the Kitchen south window and split a couple of chicks and they are in separate small pots. I will see how they doing over the winter there.
GL

    Bookmark   November 1, 2008 at 5:30AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

wiley that is a nice link.

I have several different sempervivum plants and they do very well in the ground all winter. I did find that my first two years of trying them did not make it over the winter. Then I made a cactus and sempervivum garden by adding, gravel and sand to my garden soil and built it up enough that is drains very well.

I guess I would be cautious about leaving them in the sphere. It "feels" as if the roots wouldn't be protected enough in our cold winters.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2008 at 9:48AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

My hens & chicks were in small pots which I popped into the ground in my holding bed before going on a vacation for a week. They had grown well in the pots all summer but now they look horrible. Either they have rotted or something has eaten them to the soil (I do have a deer & rabbits eating lots of things in that bed). Hens & chicks do not do well for me. These looked so nice that I thought, "maybe this year...".

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 5:19AM
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