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identification help PLEASE!!!

Posted by mrou none (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 16:29

Please help identify this plant! I purchased it at CVS after staring at it for months on the shelf. I assumed it was a cactus by its physical features. It didn't grow for weeks at first, but now is growing at such a fast rate that it's bending over. I need help identifying it so I can find proper care instructions for this. Thanks for any help!


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RE: identification help PLEASE!!!

Your plant is a succulent, but not a cactus. It looks like a sempervivum (hens and chicks) blooming to me, but since I don't (and can't) grow these, I'll defer to our experts.

If it IS a semp, the plant will die after blooming. But don't dispair, they leave babies (chicks) behind.


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  • Posted by mrou none (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 18:13

Thank you so much. I did put it in the hens and chick's family as well but thought they were outdoor succulents. But I do see small seedlings growing at the bottom of the pot so that makes sense. ThanKS again!


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  • Posted by rina_ 5a Ont (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 19:09

Looks like sempervivum to me too, and they really do better outdoors - unless you are in hot & humid area.
I have many of them outside, they are hardy & overwinter in colder zone than mine.

My personal opinion is that they are tortured indoors - pls. no offence! Look how nice they grow outside, they will never look same indoors.

It is good idea to put zone & even a state where you live next to your name, so you can get better advice...

Your holiday cacti next to it looks good (can't see much, but soil looks peaty?)

Rina


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  • Posted by mrou none (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 10:19

Sorry for the delayed response. I am going to edit my profile and put my zone info. I live in Rensselaer NY. It's a small town across from Albany. Unfortunately, I can't put any plans outside of my house. Long story short, I rent an apartment above a family that is quite destructive along with their dogs that are quite destructive too! LOL. That's why I have all of my Plant on my back porch.


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  • Posted by mrou zone 5 (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 10:22

I'm located in zone 5


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  • Posted by rina_ 5a Ont (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 18:13

As long as they are outside, that's good. They will overwinter outside too. You can pot them up into larger pot & let them 'multiply' - you mentioned that there are already little chicks growing.
As mentioned, the plant with flower will die, but the chicks will replace it. Make sure you use well draining mix.
I do have some in outside pots too.

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All of these are in containers. And they stay outside year round.
Is your back porch open?

Rina


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  • Posted by mrou zone 5 (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 16:57

Yes for the most part it's open. It's full of windows and no curtains are hung. So the sun and heat are pretty brutal out here. It's now in a new big pot so it can catch all the chicks that fall and grow. I picked up another plant that I need identified. I'm posting it next.


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  • Posted by rina_ 5a Ont (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 21:53

Is that photo of the same plant few days later?
If so, did you repot it into larger pot?

Rina


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  • Posted by mrou zone 5 (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 7:52

Yes it is and yes I did repot it.


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